The trade of then-San Antonio Spurs All-star wingman Kawhi Leonard for All-star shooting guard DeMar DeRozan was one the biggest things to impact the NBA landscape. The two-time All-star and former NBA champion is one of the best two-way players in the league when healthy. His addition immediately catapults them beyond contender status to one of the elite teams in the East.
In relation to size, the North may soon thank Leonard for his huge impact and humongous hands for a deep playoff run. You read that correctly, his hands. Leonard is known literally and figuratively throughout the league as the Claw. Figuratively being one of the best defensive beings in the league, that nothing escapes his claw-like defense and literally due to his enormous hands that go beyond normal. Having a huge amount of talent that goes along with big hands make a successful recipe in the NBA.
Fun fact: Leonard’s hand measures 11.25 inches across from thumb to pinkie & 9.75 inches long. That's 52% wider than the average man’s hand.
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Last season, playing for just nine games due to injury he averaged 16.2 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 2 steals, and a block. If he manages to get back into his 2016-17 All-star level averaging 25.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 1.8 steals while shooting 38 percent from the three-point line, we might see the new king in the East with the migration of LeBron James to Hollywood.
With the new season coming in, the exciting new-look Raptors are a must-see attraction in the NBA. As all their pieces come into place, only time will tell if the Raptors can finally go the distance this time.