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Leandro Barbosa
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Barbosa in April 2008
Phoenix Suns  – No. 10
Point guard/shooting guard
Born November 28, 1982 (1982-11-28) (age 27)
São Paulo, São Paulo
Nationality Brazilian
Listed height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight 202 lb (92 kg)
League NBA
Draft 28th overall, 2003
San Antonio Spurs
Pro career 2003–present
Former teams Palmeiras (1999–2001)
Tilibra/Copimax (2001–03)
Awards 2006–07 NBA Sixth Man of the Year
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Leandro Mateus Barbosa (born November 28, 1982 in São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil) is a Brazilian professional basketball player, who plays at the guard position with the Phoenix Suns in the National Basketball Association. In Brazil also called Leandrinho Barbosa, or just nicknamed "Leandrinho" (Little Leandro), in USA is "The Brazilian Blur", referring to the fact that he is one of the fastest players in the NBA.[1] Barbosa is married to Brazilian actress Samara Felippo and has one daughter, Alicia.

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Pre-NBA 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.

At 18, 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.

During his first season as a professional in Brazil, playing for Tilibra/Copimax, he was coached by Jorge Guerra. He averaged 15.8 points, 6.4 assists and 1.7 steals per game. Barbosa ended the season as the fourth ranked player in three point percentage, sixth in assists and eleventh in field goals.

In the 2002–2003 season he averaged 28.2 points per game, second best in the league, 7 assists and 4 rebounds per game.

NBA career

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

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. Barbosa is also an accurate three point shooter with a career average of 41.8%. 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. Barbosa is well known for his great speed on the court.

Barbosa holds career averages of 12.7 points, 2.4 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.0 steals, and 25.8 minutes per game while shooting 46.9% field goals, 40.5% from three-point range, and 82.1% from the free throw line.

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 bench.

Barbosa was the recipient of the 2006–07 NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award.[1]

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

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 #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.

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
Career 422 104 25.9 .471 .404 .824 2.4 2.7 1.0 .1 12.9

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2004–05 Phoenix 12 0 9.7 .343 .400 .500 1.4 1.0 .2 .0 2.5
2005–06 Phoenix 20 3 31.6 .470 .391 .862 1.6 2.7 .8 .2 14.2
2006–07 Phoenix 11 1 31.7 .405 .305 .718 3.5 2.2 1.1 .2 15.8
2007–08 Phoenix 5 1 28.6 .345 .222 .909 4.0 1.8 .6 .0 10.4
Career 48 5 25.8 .424 .340 .804 2.2 2.1 .7 .1 11.2

Notes

  1. ^ a b Barbosa runs away with Sixth Man Award, published April 23, 2007

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Awards
Preceded by
Mike Miller
NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award
2006–07
Succeeded by
Manu Ginóbili
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