Kawhi Leonard is a very talented basketball player.
During his most recent season at San Diego State, he posted a per-game stat line of 15.5 points, 10.6 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.4 steals, 0.7 threes and 0.6 blocks—all while shooting 44.4 percent from the field.
What's more, Leonard carried his team to a 34-3 record, a win in the Mountain West Conference Tournament, a top-10 ranking, and a deep NCAA Tournament run (where they lost to the eventual champion UConn Huskies).
And as if that were not enough, he undoubtedly has many of the qualities of a good NBA player.
First and foremost, Leonard is extremely long. At the predraft combine, the 6'7" forward's wingspan measured at 7'3", his standing reach at 8'10" and his hands were some of the largest in his draft class.
Furthermore, while his athleticism is not overwhelming, it's not too bad either, and his 5.4 percent body is certainly impressive.
And when all of that is coupled with Leonard's large and diverse set of skills—he plays with high energy and toughness, he's a terrific rebounder, he can score in a variety of ways, he can handle the ball, he is a solid defender—then it's clear the he has the tools to compete for the Rookie of the Year award.