AT&T CENTER – When he attended San Diego State University, San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard averaged 25% shooting from 3-point range in his two-year career with the Aztecs.
In two years in the NBA, Leonard shot 38% in his rookie year and 37% in his second year. In college, Leonard never took more than 86 three pointers in a season, whereas in the NBA, he took 104 in his rookie season alone.
Coming out of college and into the NBA, Leonard wasn’t known for his ability to shoot from the outside. On Sunday, before the Spurs defeated the Sacramento Kings, I spoke with Kings guard Jimmer Fredette who played against Leonard in college at BYU (Brigham Young University) about Leonard’s transition into the NBA.
According to Fredette, back in college, Leonard wasn’t known for his outside shooting ability.