Kawhi Leonard could've been a Toronto Raptor a long time ago.
Owners of the No. 5 pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, Toronto went with Jonas Valanciunas instead of the two-time All-Star they traded DeMar DeRozan for this offseason. Leonard was, however, on the team's radar at the time. Not only did the Raptors bring him in for a pre-draft workout with Marcus Morris, Tobias Harris, Cory Joseph and Tristan Thompson, they were rumoured to be "strongly looking" at selecting Leonard in an effort to improve their defence.
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Leonard was optimistic about his how he'd fit on that team, too. When talking with the media after his workout, he answered questions about his fit with DeRozan, what he had been working in to prepare himself for the NBA and his excitement about being drafted.
On if he could play alongside DeRozan
"I think so. He's very athletic, I'm a little athletic, and we're both from the California Southern Area, so we'd probably get along well if this team drafts me."
On his history with DeRozan
"I haven't played against him at all, but I've seen him play and he's a great player."
On who he'd compare his game to
"I don't see anybody that I compare to in the NBA, but some say Ron Artest or Gerald Wallace. But I'm not trying to compare myself to anybody. I'm trying to be my own self, Kawhi Leonard, coming into the NBA and work hard for myself."
On who his favourite player is
"My favourite player is Carmelo Anthony."