Its nickname is "Gas Guzzler." We're not even kidding.
Kawhi Leonard is one of the NBA’s brightest young stars and the owner of a contract worth $94 million. However, that doesn’t mean he balls out when it comes to cars. No, the NBA Final’s MVP in 2014 and the eventual face of the San Antonio Spurs franchise prefers to daily drive cars that don’t call attention to him. In a wide ranging story on Leonard published in Sports Illustrated (SI) we learned, among other things, that he daily drives a 1997 Chevrolet Tahoe nicknamed “Gas Guzzler.”
The reasons Leonard gives for why he still drives the Tahoe are something you’d expect a struggling single mom or college student to say. "It runs and it's paid off,” he told SI. At San Diego State where Leonard went to college he traveled around town in a silver Chevy Malibu, but that car was dropped in favor of the Tahoe once he was drafted. According to San Diego paper The Union Tribune, Leonard does own a Porsche that he drives on game nights. But other than that it’s the Tahoe or bust. Kawhi Leonard reminds us a lot of NFL running back Alfred Morris. Gearheads remember Morris as the man who drove his 1993 Mazda 626 even after making his mark (and millions) in the NFL.
We salute star athletes like Leonard and Morris who don’t abandon their first cars despite finding fame and fortune in professional sports. Besides, just because you have money doesn’t mean you have good taste in cars. Isn’t that right, Dwight Howard? Unfortunately we don't have any photos of Leonard's cars but we do have shots of Morris' 626 (refurbished by Mazda) and Howard's absolutely awful custom Hellcat. Enjoy!