);
Toronto Raptors

WATCH: Kawhi Leonard discusses fit with DeMar DeRozan in Raptors pre-draft workout

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.

MORE: Kawhi Leonard can take the Toronto Raptors to a new level | A look back to Kawhi's college years

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."

Keep up to date with all of the latest :tag: news!
Sure Not Now

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."

More from NBA.com

#Harden
Harden matches Wilt with 58-point performance
Benyam Kidane
kawhi-leonard-kyrie-irving-011619-ftr-nba-getty
5 takeaways from Raptors' hard-fought loss vs. Celtics
Kyle Irving
anthony-davis-011519-ftr-nba-getty
Wednesday's action: Warriors host Pelicans
NBA.com staff
kawhi-marcus-011519-ftr-nba-getty
Raptors' second-half rally comes up short
Gilbert McGregor
#ingles
Ingles embracing trash talking role
Benyam Kidane
#LeBron Kawhi
LeBron, Kawhi top jersey sales in Canada
Carlan Gay
More News