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Playoffs 2019

NBA Playoffs 2019: Kawhi Leonard joins elite company after 100th playoff appearance

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Game 1 of the 2019 Eastern Conference Finals was Kawhi's 100th playoff game (NBA Getty Images)

At age 27, Kawhi Leonard played in his 100th career playoff game.

After playing his first 87 postseason games with San Antonio Spurs, Leonard would cross the plateau of 100 games as a member of the Toronto Raptors in an eight-point loss to the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 1 of the 2019 Eastern Conference Finals.

The Raptors superstar has one of the higher win percentage compared to other players who have appeared in at least 100 playoff games. He won 65 of those games (57 with San Antonio and eight with Toronto), the same number as Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers) and Tony Parker (San Antonio Spurs) through each of their first 100 career playoff games.

Among the players with a higher win percentage through their first 100 postseason appearances is Manu Ginóbili, who is 13th all-time with 67 wins. There is a four-way tie for best win percentage between Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green and retired Lakers Kurt Rambis, Byron Scott and James Worthy, all of whom won 71 of their first 100 postseason games.

Rambis won a title in his first season with the Lakers and his 100th game came in Game 6 of the NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics as he won the third of his four NBA titles. That same Lakers team featured both Worthy and Scott, who each won three NBA titles before appearing in 100 postseason games (1985, 1987, 1988).

Green is a similar case - he won two titles before appearing in his 100th game, which was Game 3 of the 2018 NBA Finals.

Behind Kawhi's first 100

After a conference finals loss in his rookie season, Leonard and the Spurs made back-to-back Finals appearances in 2013 and 2014. Leonard won a title with the Spurs in 2014, earning Finals MVP in the process.

Leonard missed the 2018 postseason with an injury but made his return to the postseason as a member of the Raptors in 2019, hitting a historic game-winner in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, his 99th playoff appearance.

  • Game 1: April 29, 2012 (20 years, 305 days), Western Conference 1st Round Game 1 - Spurs 106, Jazz 91
  • Stats: 6 points (2-5 FG, 0-3 3PT, 2-2 FT), 2 rebounds, 1 assist and 2 steals in 20 minutes
  • Game 100: May 15, 2019 (27 years, 321 days), Eastern Conference Finals Game 1 - Bucks 108, Raptors 100
  • Stats: 31 points (10-26 FG, 1-5 3PT, 10-10 FT), 9 rebounds, 2 assists and 3 steals

The players with the most wins

Wins through 100 career playoff games
Ranking Player Wins
1 Draymond Green 71
Kurt Rambis 71
Byron Scott 71
James Worthy 71
5 BJ Armstrong 70
Michael Cooper 70
Magic Johnson 70
Klay Thompson 70
9 Stephen Curry 69
10 Vinnie Johnson 68
Steve Kerr 68
Shaun Livingston 68
13 Derek Fisher 67
Manu Ginóbili 67
Horace Grant 67
AC Green 67
Ron Harper 67
Sam Jones 67
Will Perdue 67
Scottie Pippen 67
21 Larry Bird 66
Tim Duncan 66
Rick Fox 66
Tom Heinsohn 66
KC Jones 66
Bill Laimbeer 66
Kevin McHale 66
Bill Russell 66
Isiah Thomas 66
31 Kobe Bryant 65
Kawhi Leonard 65
Tony Parker 65

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