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Who is Leandro Barbosa?

KWAPT October 17, 2012 Celtics News 20 Comments

Many NBA fans are familiar with the newest member of the Boston Celtics, Leandro Barbosa. But for those of you who may not be, here you go:

Leandro Barbosa is a 29 year-old guard who played for the Pacers & Raptors last season. He has career averages of 12 pts, 2 steals & 2 assists per game. He’s an 82% career FT shooter and has played in 75 career playoff games. Barbosa is lightning quick, and can penetrate as well as drill the mid-range jumper. He’s just under 40% from three in his career and was named the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year in 2007. Defense is not his strong suit, but give him some time under Doc’s system, and perhaps that will change. It’s obvious that his athleticism & ability to create instant offense are why Ainge brought him in.

Barbosa has yet to win a ring, and should fit in well with the group of vets that are the C’s nucleus right now. His acquisition also adds more speed to a stable that already includes Avery Bradley, Courtney Lee, Jeff Green & of course Rajon Rondo. Definitely a solid move by Danny Ainge. Enjoy some video of Barbosa from last season and last summer’s olympics:

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  • C’s#1Fan

    Great signing for the C’s.

  • Larry Legend

    Why is this guy a street FA with that resume? Seems like too good a player to be out of work…put up pretty decent #’s last year and over his career.

    • Danno

      New CBA rules made it almost impossible for “tweener” veteran bench guys who are worth more than the Vet Minimum to get signed anywhere. now guys like him, Childress, etc. are having to take the Vet minimum because they’re out of options. It’s not a reflection of his ability, but the new Cap rules.

      • kg215

        Good point. It sucks for the in between players who were taking advantage of the full mid level exception that contenders had available. Now all the contenders only have the mini MLE, plus the teams under the cap got amnesty players, so even the crappy teams have less need to pay guys like Barbosa/Pietrus 3-5 million per year. Luckily it worked out for us, glad Barbosa is here.

  • Nelson

    Love this signing!

  • zippittyay

    kinda shocked he’s still under 30

  • worried

    Celtics are still too small.

    • Andrew

      too small??? KG, Wilcox, Milicic, Collins, Melo are all 6’11 or more. Then you still have bass, sullinger and green in the 6 8 to 6 10 range. small???????

      • MC

        Not too small but none of those guys bang the boards that well. Celts tend to let up a ton of offensive boards late in the game with tired legs.

        • kg215

          KG still had a high defensive rebounding rate last year. Sullinger has potential to be a good rebounder on both ends and has shown flashes of it already. I agree the rest of the guys aren’t rebounding monsters, but it is like the complaints about Barbosa not being a pure PG. Every team wants a pure backup PG and a beastly rebounders, not that many teams have them. On the plus side none of the guys mentioned are allergic to rebounds like Hollins or Stiemsma was last year, and Darko might actually be a good rebounder if he can stay focused (he’s huge and has decent jumping ability).

  • Chulinho

    Now I really want to see a foot race between the Celtics new backcourt.

    • CoachAJ

      The guard corps is extremely fast now. Wow is all I can say, oh yeah and thank DA for letting the Lakers get him too. But this might also be a sign that AB isn’t going to be ready. But I love this move as it makes us have another penetrator. We needed someone else who could get in the lane and finish. Happy that we are going to be able to run now.

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  • http://driveittothemoon.com/ Lee in Oregon

    Wow, I can’t believe he was still available, he’s always been pretty solid. Nice length too, should fill Dooling’s shoes nicely.

  • Chris

    I’ve seen some Nate comparisons – those don’t hold stock beyond the speed. He’s more of a Keyon Dooling upgrade – better three point shot and faster, a good combo guard who will share point duties and free up Lee and Terry to play their natural game. I’d also say more of a playmaker than Dooling. I love this signing and can’t believe this guy was still available.

  • frickenWaaaltaaah

    I think it’s that a bunch of teams are looking at Lebron and Durant and aiming for 3-5 down the road. That means more vets available for the teams that are still trying to compete now.

    It’s not a huge shift, but I think it’s noticeably a bit of a shift in that direction. Otherwise there’s no way we could pick up a guy like Barbosa in October.

    He may not be the perfect backup pointguard, but wow we didn’t do bad at all there. Another good catch from Danny.

  • Reggie35RIP

    He used to be good in PHX, haven’t paid much attention to him since.

    More of a scoring PG than a distributor.

    He’ll be useful at worst. Good signing.

  • Curt

    Maybe having Barbosa will help Fab be more of the group and pick up pro ball faster.

  • kricky

    Unbelievable that he was still available at that price. He’s always been pretty good and he played great during the Olympics against pretty good competition (Spain, Argentina).

    If he buys in to the system and picks up his D he could become the most productive Bench guy we have after Green.

  • Caterpillar from Italy

    nice pick! Solid bench player for the C’s, can’t wait for the season to begin!