Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Toronto Raptors Star Kawhi Leonard Makes All-NBA Second Team

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Toronto Raptors Star Kawhi Leonard Makes All-NBA Second Team

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Leonard makes all-NBA second team

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Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard has been named to the all-NBA second team.

It marks Leonard's third selection to an all-NBA team after earning first-team honours with the San Antonio Spurs in 2016 and 2017.

Leonard joins Vince Carter (twice), Chris Bosh, Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan (twice) as the only players in Raptors franchise history to be selected to an all-NBA team.

Leonard averaged career highs of 26.6 points and 7.3 rebounds in 60 games this season, his first with the Raptors.

"Well, he's awfully good," Raptors coach Nick Nurse said ahead of Thursday's Game 5 of the Western Conference finals. "He seemed to cruise to 30 points a lot of nights -- 30 is a lot in this league. And that's why I kept saying, geez, it just feels like there's another gear here with this guy that we're going to see. . . Now we're talking.

"He's playing great. He's right up there with the guys that are playing the best in the playoffs."

He has guided to the team to the Eastern Conference final against the Milwaukee Bucks. The best-of-seven series was tied at 2-2 heading into Thursday's game in Milwaukee.

Joining Leonard on the all-NBA second team are Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers), Kevin Durant (Golden State Warriors), Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers) and Kyrie Irving (Boston Celtics).

Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee), James Harden (Houston Rockets), Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors), Paul George (Oklahoma City Thunder) and Nikola Jokic (Denver Nuggets) are on the first team.

Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City), Blake Griffin (Detroit Pistons), LeBron James (Los Angeles Lakers), Rudy Gobert (Utah Jazz) and Kemba Walker (Charlotte Hornets) are on the third team.

Antetokounmpo and Harden got the most votes, and Lillard and Walker were also big winners.

Those guards can cash in with supermax contracts based on their selections to one of the three all-NBA teams. …

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