Leandro Barbosa

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Leandro Barbosa
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Barbosa playing with the Suns in April 2008
No. 10 – Phoenix Suns
Position Shooting guard / Point guard
League National Basketball Association
Personal information
Born (1982-11-28) November 28, 1982 (age 31)
São Paulo, Brazil
Nationality Brazilian
Listed height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight 194 lb (88 kg)
Career information
NBA draft 2003 / Round: 1 / Pick: 28th overall
Selected by the San Antonio Spurs
Pro career 1999–present
Career history
1999–2001 Palmeiras (Brazil)
2001–2003 Tilibra/Bauru (Brazil)
20032010 Phoenix Suns
20102012 Toronto Raptors
2011 Flamengo Basketball (Brazil)
2012 Indiana Pacers
2012–2013 Boston Celtics
2013–2014 Esporte Clube Pinheiros (Brazil)
2014–present Phoenix Suns
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Leandro Mateus Barbosa (born November 28, 1982)[1] is a Brazilian professional basketball player who currently plays for the Phoenix Suns of the NBA. In Brazil he is nicknamed "Leandrinho" (Little Leandro), and in the USA he is nicknamed "The Brazilian Blur", referring to his speed.[2]

Early career

Barbosa started his career at Palmeiras when he was 17. He played on Paulista (São Paulo's) Championship under the command of Lula Ferreira, the future Brazil national team coach.[3]

At 19, he played on the principal team of Palmeiras on Paulista (São Paulo's) Championship. He averaged 14.2 points per game. After that he was traded to Tilibra/Bauru on January 2001.[3]

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.[4] Barbosa ended the season as the fourth ranked player in three point percentage, sixth in assists and eleventh in field goals.[3] 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.[5]

NBA career

Barbosa shoots the ball during a game against the Golden State Warriors on March 16, 2009.
Barbosa taking a free throw.

San Antonio Spurs

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.

Phoenix Suns

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.[6] 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.[6]

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[7] and was the recipient of the 2006–07 NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award.[2]

He scored a career high of 41 points against the Oklahoma City Thunder on February 20, 2009.

Toronto Raptors

On July 14, 2010, Barbosa was traded along with Dwayne Jones to the Toronto Raptors in exchange for Hedo Türkoğlu.[8] During his time in Toronto, Leandro significantly increased his scoring total from his last season in Phoenix.

Indiana Pacers

During the 2011–12 NBA season, Barbosa was traded to the Indiana Pacers for a future second-round pick.[9] Barbosa was re-united with former Suns player Lou Amundson, and the duo helped Indiana improve significantly enough to make it to the second round of the playoffs before losing to Miami.[citation needed]

Boston Celtics

On October 18, 2012, Barbosa signed with the Boston Celtics.[10]

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.[11] 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.[citation needed]

Washington Wizards

On February 21, 2013, Barbosa and Jason Collins were traded to the Washington Wizards in exchange for Jordan Crawford.[12] Despite being on the team during that time, he'd never play for the Wizards in the process.

Return to the Phoenix Suns

On January 8, 2014, Barbosa signed a 10-day contract with the Phoenix Suns.[13] Barbosa would immediately play for the Suns in their 104–103 close victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves. He'd have his best night during the first 10-day contract on January 13 against the New York Knicks when Barbosa would score 21 points, which was his first 20+ point game since 2012 back when he played for Boston. However, Barbosa would have a right shoulder strain after the game.

On January 18, Barbosa signed a second 10-day contract with the Suns.[14] He'd make his first home debut with the Suns in over 4 years a day later in a 117–103 blowout victory against the Denver Nuggets. During his second 10-day contract, Barbosa's best performance came on January 24 at home against the Washington Wizards, where he would score 10 points against them.

On January 28, 2014, following the Suns' road game against the Philadelphia 76ers, which subsequently marked the end of his second 10-day contract, the Suns liked Barbosa's production for the team and decided to sign him for the rest of the 2013–14 NBA season.[15]

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.[16]

On November 19, 2013, Barbosa signed with the Esporte Clube Pinheiros of Brazil for the 2013–14 season. During this time, he would average over 20 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 assists for the team. In January 2014, he returned to the United States to play in the NBA once again.[17]

NBA career transactions

  • Drafted: 2003, 1st round, 28th pick by San Antonio Spurs.
  • Draft rights traded by the Spurs to the Phoenix Suns for conditional 1st-round pick (2005 No. 30 – David Lee) on June 26, 2003.
  • Signed by the Suns to a 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 the 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 by the Celtics to the Washington Wizards along with Jason Collins for Jordan Crawford on February 21, 2013.
  • Signed a one-year, opt-out contract with the Esporte Clube Pinheiros on November 19, 2013.
  • Signed by the Suns to a 10-day contract on January 8, 2014.
  • Signed by the Suns to a second 10-day contract on January 18, 2014.
  • Signed a one-year, $650,359 contract with the Suns on January 27, 2014.

Personal life

Leandrinho is married to Brazilian actress Samara Felippo since 2008, and the two have a daughter, Alícia (born June 25, 2009).[18][19]

NBA career statistics

Legend
  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

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2003–04 Phoenix 70 46 21.4 .447 .395 .770 1.8 2.4 1.3 .1 7.9
2004–05 Phoenix 63 6 17.3 .475 .367 .797 2.1 2.0 .5 .1 7.0
2005–06 Phoenix 57 11 27.9 .481 .444 .755 2.6 2.8 .8 .1 13.1
2006–07 Phoenix 80 18 32.7 .476 .434 .845 2.7 4.0 1.2 .2 18.1
2007–08 Phoenix 82 12 29.5 .462 .389 .822 2.8 2.6 .9 .2 15.6
2008–09 Phoenix 70 11 24.4 .482 .375 .881 2.6 2.3 1.2 .1 14.2
2009–10 Phoenix 44 5 17.9 .425 .324 .877 1.6 1.5 .5 .3 9.5
2010–11 Toronto 58 0 24.1 .450 .338 .796 1.7 2.1 .9 .1 13.3
2011–12 Toronto 42 0 22.5 .436 .360 .835 1.9 1.5 .9 .2 12.2
2011–12 Indiana 22 0 19.8 .399 .424 .758 2.2 1.5 .9 .0 8.9
2012–13 Boston 41 2 12.5 .430 .383 .756 1.1 1.4 .4 .1 5.2
2013–14 Phoenix 20 0 18.4 .427 .280 .795 1.9 1.6 .4 .2 7.5
Career 649 111 23.7 .460 .390 .820 2.2 2.3 .9 .1 11.9

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2005 Phoenix 12 0 9.7 .343 .400 .500 1.4 1.0 .3 .0 2.5
2006 Phoenix 20 3 31.6 .470 .391 .862 1.6 2.7 .8 .2 14.2
2007 Phoenix 11 1 31.7 .405 .305 .718 3.5 2.2 1.1 .2 15.8
2008 Phoenix 5 1 28.6 .345 .222 .909 4.0 1.8 .6 .0 10.4
2010 Phoenix 16 0 15.6 .417 .343 .708 1.3 1.3 .3 .1 7.2
2012 Indiana 11 0 20.3 .370 .150 .500 2.2 1.3 .5 .1 5.7
Career 75 5 22.9 .417 .322 .764 2.0 1.8 .6 .1 9.6

Notes

  1. ^ "Barbosa, Leandro". Current Biography Yearbook 2011. Ipswich, MA: H.W. Wilson. 2011. pp. 44–47. ISBN 9780824211219. 
  2. ^ a b Barbosa runs away with Sixth Man Award, published April 23, 2007
  3. ^ a b c "Perfil: Leandrinho Barbosa" (in Portuguese). NBA Brasil. Retrieved December 6, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Melhores do Ano 2001 – Troféu Oswaldo Caviglia" (in Portuguese). Federação Paulista de Basquete. Retrieved December 6, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Leandrinho". CBB. Retrieved December 6, 2010. 
  6. ^ a b "Leandro Barbosa: Bio". NBA.com. Retrieved December 6, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Leandro Barbosa Info Page". NBA.com. Retrieved December 6, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Raptors Acquire Barbosa And Jones From Phoenix". NBA.com. 2010-07-14. Retrieved 2013-02-22. 
  9. ^ "Pacers acquire Barbosa from Raptors". NBA.com. 2012-03-15. Retrieved 2013-02-22. 
  10. ^ "Celtics sign guard Barbosa". NBA.com. 2012-10-18. Retrieved 2013-02-22. 
  11. ^ Leandro Barbosa Injury Update
  12. ^ "Wizards Acquire Collins and Barbosa From Boston". NBA.com. 2013-02-21. Retrieved 2013-02-22. 
  13. ^ "Suns Sign Leandro Barbosa". NBA.com. January 8, 2014. Retrieved January 8, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Suns Sign Barbosa to Second 10-Day Contract". NBA.com. January 18, 2014. Retrieved January 18, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Suns Sign Barbosa for Remainder of Season". NBA.com. January 28, 2014. Retrieved January 28, 2014. 
  16. ^ Barbosa heads back to Brazil
  17. ^ Leandrinho deixa Pinheiros para acertar volta para NBA
  18. ^ "Samara Felippo se separa de Leandrinho" (in Portuguese). G1 – EGO. December 1, 2010. Retrieved December 6, 2010. 
  19. ^ "Samara Felippo e Leandrinho reatam relação e vão juntos ao Fashion Rio". UOL. June 1, 2011. Retrieved December 26, 2011. 

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