Kawhi Leonard created headlines on and off the court during the NBA finals due to his outstanding play, quirky personality and quiet confidence as he led the Raptors to their first-ever NBA Finals victory.
But back when Leonard was being scouted as a prospect out of college, he may not have been quite so self-assured. One team that was interested in him coming out of San Diego State was the Phoenix Suns. While the Suns are known to make some questionable decisions, there is a rather unusual reason as to why they passed up the opportunity to draft Kawhi.
It's fun to have a few laughs about NBA Draft combine interviews but never forget the Suns didn't consider Kawhi because of interview sweat pic.twitter.com/TTx9t7C2r5— Scott Howard (@ScottHoward42) May 11, 2017
That's right, the Suns opted against selecting the three-time NBA All-Star because he was sweating through his suit in an interview back in 2011. Who could blame him for being nervous while meeting with an NBA team?
Apparently the Suns, as they let a little bit of sweat disrupt their decision-making process ahead of the 2011 draft.
Instead of drafting Leonard, the Suns went with Markieff Morris with the 13th pick, who spent a touch more than four seasons in Phoenix.
Wow they botched their draft over something simple as sweating during an interview?! https://t.co/alOuOp1NAw— Tyrone Williams (@UncleDilla) June 24, 2019
Though Leonard acts like a robot and appears to never get nervous while out on the court, even in the most high-pressure situations, it seems he was a little more skittish back in 2011 when interviewing with teams.
Nevertheless, the Suns completely botched the 13th pick in 2011. If Kawhi had perspired a bit less, perhaps he'd be playing in Phoenix right now, rather than in Toronto.