Barbosa playing with the Suns in April 2008
|No. 28 – Washington Wizards|
|Position||Shooting guard / Point guard|
November 28, 1982 |
São Paulo, São Paulo
|Listed height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Listed weight||194 lb (88 kg)|
|NBA Draft||2003 / Round: 1 / Pick: 28th overall|
|Selected by the San Antonio Spurs|
|Pro playing career||2003–present|
|2011||Flamengo Basketball (Brazil)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Leandro Mateus Barbosa (born November 28, 1982) is a Brazilian professional basketball guard with the Washington Wizards of the National Basketball Association (NBA). In Brazil he is nicknamed "Leandrinho" (Little Leandro), and in the USA he is nicknamed "The Brazilian Blur", referring to the fact that he is one of the fastest players in the NBA.
During his first season as a professional in Brazil, playing for Tilibra/Bauru, he was coached by Jorge Guerra. He averaged 15.8 points, 6.4 assists and 1.7 steals per game. He was chosen as Rookie of the Year during the Paulista of 2001. Barbosa ended the season as the fourth ranked player in three point percentage, sixth in assists and eleventh in field goals. In 2002, he won the Brazilian Basketball League with Bauru, and was drafted for the Brazil national basketball team who played in the 2002 FIBA World Championship.
At 6'3" with a 6'10" wingspan, he was selected 28th overall in the 2003 NBA Draft by the San Antonio Spurs but his rights were acquired by the Suns in a trade for a future protected first-round pick. Barbosa holds the Suns record for points scored in a game by a rookie as a first-time starter, with 27 against the Chicago Bulls on January 5, 2004. He set the Suns' record for three-point field goals by a rookie in consecutive games when he hit at least one three-pointer per game during a ten-game streak from January 2 to January 19.
During the 2006–2007 season, Barbosa averaged 18.1 points, 2.7 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 32.7 minutes per game despite playing off the bench and was the recipient of the 2006–07 NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award.
He scored a career high of 41 points against the Oklahoma City Thunder on February 20, 2009.
On July 14, 2010, Barbosa was traded along with Dwayne Jones to the Toronto Raptors in exchange for Hedo Türkoğlu. During his time in Toronto, Leandro significantly increased his scoring total from his last season in Phoenix. During the 2011–12 NBA season, Barbosa was traded to the Indiana Pacers for a future second-round pick. Barbosa was re-united with former Suns player Louis Amundson, and the duo helped Indiana improve significantly enough to make it to the second round of the playoffs before losing to Miami.
On October 18, 2012, Barbosa signed with the Boston Celtics. On February 12, 2013, after a game against the Charlotte Bobcats on February 11, it was confirmed that Barbosa had suffered a torn ACL in his left knee. This injury is to put him out for the 2012–13 season. He was the third member of the team whose injury ended his season early in a span of three weeks, joining Rajon Rondo and Jared Sullinger.
Return to Brazil
On August 18, 2011, during the 2011 NBA lockout, Barbosa signed with Flamengo Basketball in Brazil. His deal had an out-clause that would allow him to return to the NBA once the 2011 lockout ended.
NBA career transactions
- Drafted: 2003, 1st round, 28th pick by San Antonio Spurs.
- Draft rights traded by Spurs to Phoenix Suns for conditional 1st-round pick (2005 No. 30 – David Lee) on June 26, 2003.
- Signed by Suns to three-year, $2.6 million contract with team option worth $1.7 million on July 16, 2003.
- Signed a five-year, $34 million contract extension with the Suns on August 3, 2006.
- Traded by the Suns to Toronto Raptors along with Dwayne Jones for Hedo Türkoğlu on July 14, 2010.
- Signed a one-year, opt-out contract for Flamengo Basketball due to the 2011 NBA lockout.
- Traded by the Raptors to the Indiana Pacers for a future second-round pick on March 15, 2012.
- Signed a one-year contract with the Boston Celtics on October 18, 2012.
- Traded to Washington Wizards on February 21, 2013.
NBA career statistics
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field goal percentage||3P%||3-point field goal percentage||FT%||Free throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
- "Barbosa, Leandro". Current Biography Yearbook 2011. Ipswich, MA: H.W. Wilson. 2011. pp. 44–47. ISBN 9780824211219.
- Barbosa runs away with Sixth Man Award, published April 23, 2007
- "Perfil: Leandrinho Barbosa" (in Portuguese). NBA Brasil. Retrieved December 6, 2010.
- "Melhores do Ano 2001 – Troféu Oswaldo Caviglia" (in Portuguese). Federação Paulista de Basquete. Retrieved December 6, 2010.
- "Leandrinho". CBB. Retrieved December 6, 2010.
- "Leandro Barbosa: Bio". NBA.com. Retrieved December 6, 2010.
- "Leandro Barbosa Info Page". NBA.com. Retrieved December 6, 2010.
- "Raptors Acquire Barbosa And Jones From Phoenix". NBA.com. 2010-07-14. Retrieved 2013-02-22.
- "Pacers acquire Barbosa from Raptors". NBA.com. 2012-03-15. Retrieved 2013-02-22.
- "Celtics sign guard Barbosa". NBA.com. 2012-10-18. Retrieved 2013-02-22.
- Leandro Barbosa Injury Update
- "Wizards Acquire Collins and Barbosa From Boston". NBA.com. 2013-02-21. Retrieved 2013-02-22.
- Barbosa heads back to Brazil
- "Samara Felippo se separa de Leandrinho" (in Portuguese). G1 – EGO. December 1, 2010. Retrieved December 6, 2010.
- "Samara Felippo e Leandrinho reatam relação e vão juntos ao Fashion Rio". UOL. June 1, 2011. Retrieved December 26 of 2011.
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- Leandro Barbosa at Basketball-Reference.com