The trade that sends Kawhi Leonard to the Raptors in return for DeMar DeRozan, among other compensation, was announced Wednesday.
It will take a while to see who wins the deal.
For now, only this much is certain: Both the Spurs and Raptors are receiving All-Star-caliber players who made an impact on the teams they’re leaving.
Sports data specialists Opta put together a package of some noteworthy statistics that build a fuller story about both Leonard and DeRozan. If you find this interesting, consider giving @OptaLarry (as in Bird) a follow here.
— Since the start of the 2012-13 season, only two players have averaged at least 1.9 steals per game with an effective field-goal percentage of more than 48 percent — one of whom is Leonard. He averages 1.8 steals per game in his career, the third most among active players.
— Leonard is one of nine players in NBA history to win multiple Defensive Player of the Year awards.
|Dikembe Mutombo||4||1994-95, ’96-97, ’97-98, 2000-01|
|Ben Wallace||4||2001-02, ’02-03, ’04-05, ’05-06|
|Dwight Howard||3||2008-09, ’09-10, ’10-11|
|Kawhi Leonard||2||2014-15, ’15-16|
|Alonzo Mourning||2||1998-99, ’99-2000|
|Hakeem Olajuwon||2||1992-93, ’93-94|
|Dennis Rodman||2||1989-90, ’91-92|
|Mark Eaton||2||1984-85, ’88-89|
|Sidney Moncrief||2||1982-83, ’83-84|
— Leonard had 23 games between the 2015-16 and ’16-17 seasons in which he scored 30-plus points while making more than 50 percent of his field-goal attempts. That is tied for the sixth-most such games by any Spurs player in team history.
|G, 30+ Pts,|
— Since the start of the 2013-14 season, only two players averaged more 2-point field goals per game than DeRozan, who averages 15.9. Additionally, his 7.4 2-point field goals made per game in that time is tied for the seventh most in the NBA.
— DeRozan leaves the Raptors as one of the best players in franchise history. He is the team’s all-time leader in games played and points and ranks near the top in numerous other categories.
|Points per game||19.7||3rd|