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Leandro Barbosa

34-Year-Old    PG,SG    Phoenix Suns

2016-17 NBA Stats

PTS

5.1

REB

1.4

AST

1.2

STL

0.3

BLK

0.0

2016-17 NBA ROS Projections

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2016-17 Fantasy Basketball Outlook

After back-to-back NBA Finals trips with the Warriors, Barbosa decided to forgo an opportunity to play for a contender and signed a contract this summer with Phoenix, where he spent the first seven years of his career. The 33-year-old averaged only 15.9 minutes per game over...

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HT: 6' 3"   WT: 194 lbs   DOB: 11/28/1982  College: Brazil   DRAFTED: 1st Rd, #28 Overall in 2003   Show ContractHide Contract

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Leandro Barbosa Contract Information:

Signed a two-year, $8 million contract with the Suns in July of 2016. Contract includes a $4.08 million player option for the 2017-18 season.

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Barbosa put up 13 points (5-9 FG, 3-4 3Pt), two steals, one rebound and one assist across 24 minutes in Friday's 116-96 win over the Pacers.

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Leandro Barbosa NBA Stats – Per Game
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2004-05 21 63 17.3 7.0 2.1 2.0 0.5 0.1 0.8 47.5 79.7 1.4 0.5 1.6 2.2 36.7 2.7 5.6 0.9 1.1
2005-06 22 57 27.9 13.1 2.6 2.8 0.8 0.1 1.5 48.1 75.5 1.6 0.5 2.1 3.4 44.4 4.8 9.9 1.9 2.6
2006-07 23 80 32.7 18.1 2.7 4.0 1.2 0.2 2.4 47.6 84.5 1.8 0.3 2.4 5.5 43.4 6.6 13.9 2.5 2.9
2007-08 24 82 29.5 15.6 2.8 2.6 0.9 0.2 2.0 46.2 82.2 1.4 0.5 2.3 5.1 38.9 5.8 12.5 2.1 2.6
2008-09 25 70 24.4 14.2 2.6 2.3 1.2 0.1 1.3 48.2 88.1 1.3 0.5 2.1 3.4 37.5 5.2 10.8 2.4 2.8
2009-10 26 44 17.8 9.5 1.6 1.5 0.5 0.3 1.0 42.5 87.7 1.0 0.3 1.3 3.1 32.4 3.5 8.3 1.5 1.7
2010-11 27 TOR 58 24.1 13.3 1.7 2.1 0.9 0.1 1.2 45.0 79.6 1.4 0.2 1.5 3.7 33.8 5.1 11.3 1.9 2.4
2011-12 28 IND 22 19.8 8.9 2.2 1.5 0.9 0.0 1.1 39.9 75.8 1.2 0.5 1.7 2.7 42.4 3.3 8.3 1.1 1.5
2011-12 28 TOR 42 22.5 12.2 1.9 1.5 0.9 0.2 1.0 43.6 83.5 1.6 0.5 1.4 2.6 36.0 4.7 10.8 1.8 2.2
2011-12 28 IND/TOR 64 21.6 11.1 2.0 1.5 0.9 0.1 1.0 42.5 81.5 1.5 0.5 1.5 2.7 38.2 4.2 10.0 1.6 1.9
2012-13 29 WAS 41 12.5 5.2 1.1 1.4 0.4 0.1 0.4 43.0 75.6 0.5 0.2 0.9 1.1 38.3 2.0 4.7 0.8 1.0
2013-14 30 GSW 20 18.4 7.5 1.9 1.6 0.4 0.2 0.4 42.7 79.5 1.0 0.3 1.6 1.3 28.0 2.8 6.6 1.6 2.0
2013-14 30 PHO 20 18.4 7.5 1.9 1.6 0.4 0.2 0.4 42.7 79.5 1.0 0.3 1.6 1.3 28.0 2.8 6.6 1.6 2.0
2013-14 30 GSW/PHO 40 18.4 7.5 1.9 1.6 0.4 0.2 0.4 42.7 79.5 1.0 0.3 1.6 1.3 28.0 2.8 6.6 1.6 2.0
2014-15 31 GSW 66 14.9 7.1 1.4 1.5 0.6 0.1 0.7 47.4 78.4 0.7 0.3 1.0 1.7 38.4 2.8 5.8 0.9 1.1
2015-16 32 GSW 68 15.9 6.4 1.7 1.2 0.6 0.1 0.6 46.2 83.9 0.8 0.4 1.3 1.6 35.5 2.5 5.4 0.8 0.9
2016-17 33 PHO 18 12.6 5.1 1.4 1.2 0.3 0.0 0.4 46.0 83.3 0.2 0.2 1.2 1.1 36.8 2.2 4.8 0.3 0.3
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Leandro Barbosa NBA Stats – Recent Stat Breakdown
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Time Period G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
Last 7 Days 2 10.5 4.0 1.5 0.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 36.4 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.5 0.5 0.0 2.0 5.5 0.0 0.0
Last 14 Days 6 12.2 3.2 1.5 0.7 0.2 0.0 0.2 33.3 0.0 0.2 0.2 1.3 0.8 20.0 1.5 4.5 0.0 0.0
Last 30 Days 14 13.3 5.3 1.4 1.3 0.4 0.0 0.4 44.4 100.0 0.2 0.2 1.1 1.2 35.3 2.3 5.1 0.3 0.3
Last 5 Games 5 12.6 3.4 1.8 0.8 0.2 0.0 0.2 33.3 0.0 0.2 0.2 1.6 1.0 20.0 1.6 4.8 0.0 0.0
Last 10 Games 10 13.8 5.5 1.2 1.1 0.4 0.0 0.5 47.2 0.0 0.3 0.1 1.1 1.3 38.5 2.5 5.3 0.0 0.0

 

2016-17 NBA Game Log   Leandro Barbosa
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Date Opp MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO FGM FGA FTM FTA 3PM 3PA OREB DREB FOULS
Nov 30 ATL 13 8 2 1 0 0 0 4 8 0 0 0 0 0 2 3
Nov 27 DEN 8 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 1 0 1 1
Nov 25 MIN 12 0 3 1 1 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 2 1 2 0
Nov 23 @ORL 16 4 2 0 0 0 0 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
Nov 21 @WAS 14 5 1 2 0 0 1 2 4 0 0 1 2 0 1 1
Nov 19 @PHI 10 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Nov 18 @IND 24 13 1 1 2 0 0 5 9 0 0 3 4 0 1 0
Nov 16 @DEN 20 12 1 1 1 0 1 6 8 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
Nov 13 @GSW 15 11 1 4 0 0 1 5 8 0 0 1 3 0 1 2
Nov 12 BKN 6 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Nov 9 DET 8 5 2 1 0 0 0 2 3 0 0 1 1 1 1 0
Nov 8 @POR 15 10 2 3 1 0 0 3 5 4 4 0 2 0 2 1
Nov 6 @LAL 14 2 2 1 0 0 0 1 5 0 0 0 1 1 1 2
Nov 4 @NOP 11 2 1 2 0 0 0 1 6 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
Nov 2 POR 11 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Oct 31 @LAC 13 9 2 1 1 0 0 4 5 0 0 1 2 0 2 1
Oct 30 GSW 15 7 3 2 0 0 0 3 6 1 2 0 0 1 2 0
Oct 28 @OKC Did Not Play
Oct 26 SAC 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 2
Leandro Barbosa Projections For Upcoming Games – Next 3 Days
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Date Opponent PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
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Leandro Barbosa – Playing Time & Selected Stats

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#3 Shooting Guard
Also Listed As:  #4 Point Guard

1.  Devin Booker

2.  Brandon Knight

3.  Leandro Barbosa

4.  John Jenkins

5.  P.J. Tucker

Phoenix Suns

True Shooting Percentage

51.3%

True Shooting % in 2016-17

In 2016-17, Leandro Barbosa has a true shooting percentage of 51.3%.

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Leandro Barbosa NBA Stats – Per 36 Minutes
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2004-05 21 63 36.0 14.6 4.3 4.2 1.0 0.2 1.7 47.5 79.7 2.9 1.1 3.2 4.6 36.7 5.6 11.7 1.8 2.3
2005-06 22 57 36.0 16.8 3.4 3.6 1.1 0.1 2.0 48.1 75.5 2.0 0.7 2.7 4.4 44.4 6.2 12.8 2.5 3.3
2006-07 23 80 36.0 19.9 2.9 4.4 1.3 0.2 2.6 47.6 84.5 2.0 0.3 2.6 6.0 43.4 7.3 15.3 2.7 3.2
2007-08 24 82 36.0 19.1 3.4 3.2 1.1 0.3 2.4 46.2 82.2 1.7 0.6 2.8 6.3 38.9 7.0 15.2 2.6 3.2
2008-09 25 70 36.0 21.0 3.8 3.4 1.7 0.1 1.9 48.2 88.1 2.0 0.7 3.1 5.1 37.5 7.7 16.0 3.6 4.1
2009-10 26 44 36.0 19.2 3.2 2.9 1.1 0.6 2.0 42.5 87.7 2.1 0.5 2.7 6.3 32.4 7.1 16.8 2.9 3.4
2010-11 27 TOR 58 36.0 19.8 2.6 3.1 1.3 0.2 1.9 45.0 79.6 2.2 0.4 2.2 5.5 33.8 7.6 16.9 2.8 3.5
2011-12 28 IND 22 36.0 16.2 4.0 2.7 1.7 0.0 2.1 39.9 75.8 2.1 1.0 3.1 4.9 42.4 6.0 15.1 2.1 2.7
2011-12 28 TOR 42 36.0 19.5 3.0 2.4 1.4 0.3 1.5 43.6 83.5 2.6 0.8 2.2 4.2 36.0 7.5 17.3 2.9 3.5
2011-12 28 IND/TOR 64 36.0 18.4 3.3 2.5 1.5 0.2 1.7 42.5 81.5 2.4 0.9 2.5 4.4 38.2 7.1 16.6 2.6 3.2
2012-13 29 WAS 41 36.0 15.1 3.2 4.1 1.2 0.4 1.3 43.0 75.6 1.5 0.6 2.7 3.3 38.3 5.8 13.5 2.2 2.9
2013-14 30 GSW 20 36.0 14.7 3.6 3.1 0.7 0.4 0.7 42.7 79.5 1.9 0.5 3.1 2.4 28.0 5.5 12.8 3.0 3.8
2013-14 30 PHO 20 36.0 14.7 3.6 3.1 0.7 0.4 0.7 42.7 79.5 1.9 0.5 3.1 2.4 28.0 5.5 12.8 3.0 3.8
2013-14 30 GSW/PHO 40 36.0 14.7 3.6 3.1 0.7 0.4 0.7 42.7 79.5 1.9 0.5 3.1 2.4 28.0 5.5 12.8 3.0 3.8
2014-15 31 GSW 66 36.0 17.1 3.3 3.6 1.5 0.3 1.6 47.4 78.4 1.6 0.8 2.5 4.1 38.4 6.7 14.2 2.1 2.7
2015-16 32 GSW 68 36.0 14.4 3.9 2.7 1.5 0.3 1.3 46.2 83.9 1.8 0.9 3.0 3.7 35.5 5.7 12.3 1.7 2.1
2016-17 33 PHO 18 36.0 14.6 4.0 3.5 1.0 0.0 1.1 46.0 83.3 0.5 0.6 3.3 3.0 36.8 6.3 13.8 0.8 1.0
Rest Of Season Projections 34 PHO 52 36.0 Subscribe now to see our 2016-17 rest of season projections for Leandro Barbosa
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Age is determined on November 1st of each season.

Leandro Barbosa NBA Stats – Totals
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2004-05 21 63 1087 442 130 126 30 7 51 47.5 79.7 87 32 98 139 36.7 168 354 55 69
2005-06 22 57 1592 744 150 158 48 6 87 48.1 75.5 89 31 119 196 44.4 273 567 111 147
2006-07 23 80 2613 1444 214 317 96 15 190 47.6 84.5 146 22 192 438 43.4 529 1111 196 232
2007-08 24 82 2421 1283 231 216 75 18 164 46.2 82.2 117 40 191 422 38.9 472 1021 175 213
2008-09 25 70 1705 993 181 162 82 7 90 48.2 88.1 93 34 147 240 37.5 366 759 171 194
2009-10 26 44 783 418 69 64 23 12 44 42.5 87.7 46 11 58 136 32.4 155 365 64 73
2010-11 27 TOR 58 1395 769 99 119 50 6 72 45.0 79.6 84 14 85 213 33.8 294 653 109 137
2011-12 28 IND 22 436 196 49 33 20 0 25 39.9 75.8 26 12 37 59 42.4 73 183 25 33
2011-12 28 TOR 42 946 512 79 63 36 7 40 43.6 83.5 68 21 58 111 36.0 198 454 76 91
2011-12 28 IND/TOR 64 1382 708 128 96 56 7 65 42.5 81.5 94 33 95 170 38.2 271 637 101 124
2012-13 29 WAS 41 513 215 46 58 17 6 18 43.0 75.6 21 8 38 47 38.3 83 193 31 41
2013-14 30 GSW 20 368 150 37 32 7 4 7 42.7 79.5 19 5 32 25 28.0 56 131 31 39
2013-14 30 PHO 20 368 150 37 32 7 4 7 42.7 79.5 19 5 32 25 28.0 56 131 31 39
2013-14 30 GSW/PHO 40 736 300 74 64 14 8 14 42.7 79.5 38 10 64 50 28.0 112 262 62 78
2014-15 31 GSW 66 982 467 91 99 41 8 43 47.4 78.4 44 23 68 112 38.4 183 386 58 74
2015-16 32 GSW 68 1079 433 117 82 44 10 39 46.2 83.9 53 28 89 110 35.5 171 370 52 62
2016-17 33 PHO 18 227 92 25 22 6 0 7 46.0 83.3 3 4 21 19 36.8 40 87 5 6
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Age is determined on November 1st of each season.

Leandro Barbosa NBA Advanced Stats
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Season Age Team G Min TS% eFG% AR TOR AST/TO EFF
2004-05 21 63 17.3 57.5 54.7 21.1 14.6 1.4 7.1
2005-06 22 57 27.9 58.9 55.8 18.0 10.1 1.8 12.1
2006-07 23 80 32.7 59.5 56.2 18.9 8.7 2.2 16.5
2007-08 24 82 29.5 57.5 54.3 14.9 8.1 1.8 13.6
2008-09 25 70 24.4 58.8 54.2 14.7 8.5 1.7 13.1
2009-10 26 44 17.8 52.6 48.5 12.6 9.1 1.4 7.3
2010-11 27 TOR 58 24.1 53.9 50.5 13.0 9.2 1.4 9.9
2011-12 28 IND 22 19.8 49.6 46.7 12.9 10.1 1.3 7.0
2011-12 28 TOR 42 22.5 51.8 48.0 10.1 10.9 0.9 8.5
2011-12 28 IND/TOR 64 21.6 51.2 47.6 10.9 10.7 1.0 8.0
2012-13 29 WAS 41 12.5 50.9 47.7 20.0 7.2 2.8 4.9
2013-14 30 GSW 20 18.4 50.6 45.4 16.1 9.5 1.7 6.4
2013-14 30 PHO 20 18.4 50.6 45.4 16.1 9.5 1.7 6.4
2013-14 30 GSW/PHO 40 18.4 50.6 45.4 16.1 9.5 1.7 6.4
2014-15 31 GSW 66 14.9 55.8 53.0 17.6 7.8 2.3 6.7
2015-16 32 GSW 68 15.9 54.5 51.5 15.4 10.0 1.5 6.2
2016-17 33 PHO 18 12.6 51.3 50.0 19.2 2.6 7.3 5.2
Rest Of Season Projections 34 PHO 52 13.2 Subscribe now to see our 2016-17 rest of season projections for Leandro Barbosa
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Barbosa scored nine points (4-5 FG, 1-2 3Pt) and added three rebounds, one assist and one steal across 13 minutes in Monday's 116-98 loss to the Clippers.

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Coach Earl Watson said after Wednesday's season-opening loss to the Kings that Barbosa and P.J. Tucker will be temporarily replaced on the second unit by Tyler Ulis and Dragan Bender, respectively, Paul Coro of The Arizona Republic reports. "To me, they play with the most heart," Watson said in regards to Ulis and Bender. "Heart gets rewarded."

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Barbosa agreed Wednesday with the Suns on a two-year, $8 million contract, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports.

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Barbosa will represent Brazil in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Mark Purdy of the San Jose Mercury News reports.

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Barbosa collected 14 points (4-6 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 4-5 FT), two rebounds and two assists across 19 minutes during Thursday's 115-101 loss to the Cavaliers in Game 6.

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Barbosa tallied 10 points (5-7 FG, 0-2 3Pt), three rebounds, one assist and one steal across 18 minutes in Sunday's 110-77 Game 2 win over the Cavaliers.

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Barbosa (back) was able to return to Thursday's Game 1 matchup with the Cavaliers, Monte Poole of CSN Bay Area reports.

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Barbosa is questionable to return to Thursday's Game 1 against the Cavaliers after tweaking his back, Monte Poole of CSN Bay Area reports.

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Barbosa contributed four points (2-6 FG, 0-1 3Pt), two rebounds, two assists and two steals across 16 minutes during the Warriors' 118-91 win over the Thunder in Wednesday's Game 2.

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Barbosa supplied 10 points (5-7 FG), five rebounds and a steal over 18 minutes in Saturday's 120-108 Game 3 loss to the Trail Blazers.

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Barbosa was held to six points (3-5 FG, 0-2 3Pt), one assist, and one steal across 13 minutes in Monday's 115-106 Game 2 victory over the Rockets.

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Barbosa (rest) will sit out Sunday's game against the Spurs.

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2016-17

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2015-16

No team was willing to sign Barbosa following ACL surgery in 2013, so he had to prove himself healthy while playing in Brazil during the 2013-14 season. The Warriors took a chance on him last year and were pleased with the results. The 32-year-old guard has lost some of the hyper-kinetic explosiveness that marked his style of play earlier in his career, but Barbosa still has a shooter's mentality and gave the Warriors' second unit a scorer. He averaged 7.1 points, 1.4 rebounds, and 1.5 assists in 15 minutes per game, while shooting 47 percent from the field and 38 percent from three-point range. He also gave the Warriors a needed boost in the NBA Finals when he scored 13 points in 17 minutes in Game 5. The ability to produce efficiently in limited minutes is something of which Barbosa is capable. It's a small role to be sure, but the motivations of Barbosa in 2015 aren't the same motivations that fueled him earlier in his career. He's happy with Golden State, has himself a ring, and re-upped for another year at $2.5 million. We expect a similar role for Barbosa in 2015-16, though the Warriors have been looking to add more three-point shooting off the bench during the offseason.

2014-15

The Warriors are taking a flyer on Barbosa, who wasn't in the NBA to start the 2013-14 season but finished up the season with Phoenix. He played 20 minutes and averaged 7.5 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 18 minutes per game. Barbosa is familiar with both head coach Steve Kerr and assistant coach Alvin Gentry when all three were in the Suns organization. He's played both point and shooting guard during his career, but head coach Steve Kerr calls him a "guard" -- not really a point guard but not big enough to play the two. The backcourt's mighty crowded so Barbosa will need to be productive in minimal playing time. The Warriors lacked a legitimate scoring threat off the bench last season, an area of need that Barbosa might be able to fill, though he's lost some of the speed he had earlier in his career.

2011-12

The eight-year, 29-year-old out of Brazil spent the summer and elongated off-season playing in his home country. This was a plus for Toronto, as he remained in good shape. If he can stay healthy this year, something he hasn’t been able to do for the past three seasons (missing 62 games over the last two), he’ll be a solid contributor off the bench for the Raptors. Something to think about - he’s arguably the most talented player on the roster, yet between his fragile-body and the fact that he doesn’t really fit into the Raptors’ young developing core, he doesn’t really project to have much fantasy value. Barbosa did put up 13.3 ppg, 1.7 rpg and 2.1 apg last season, so his offence was helpful, but don’t be surprised if Colangelo trades Barbosa this season.

2010-11

Barbosa has a rather similar profile to that of Ben Gordon. Both will turn 28 during this season. Both are undersized (6-3) shooting guards. Both are skilled outside shooters with three-point rates right about 40 percent. Both contribute minimally in rebounding, assists and elsewhere. And, finally, both might ultimately come up short as reasonable fantasy options, as neither is likely to play the requisite minutes. Or, at least, that's been the case with Barbosa. In mid-July, Barbosa was traded to the Raptors for Hedo Turkoglu, giving Barbosa a clear-ish shot at Toronto's starting lineup. But again, as with Gordon, coaches feel understandably uncomfortable about Barbosa's defense at the two, likely leaving the Brazilian with little room for error in terms of fantasy production. Couple these concerns with Barbosa's injury history, and it's probably best to consider him a wait-and-see option in all but deeper leagues.

2009-10

Barbosa is another player that will flourish under coach Alvin Gentry’s newly implemented run-‘n’-gun system. Of all the players on the Suns roster, he was clearly the biggest beneficiary from the switch in offensive philosophies – In the 46 games under former head coach Terry Porter, Barbosa averaged 12.8 points, 2.4 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.2 treys, and 1.0 steal. His numbers improved dramatically across the board when Gentry took over to the tune of 16.8 points, 3.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.5 treys and 1.6 steals. That was good for top-25 production during that stretch, tied in per-game value with the likes of Jose Calderon and Chauncey Billups. Now it’s a bit farfetched to suggest Barbosa will be as good as those two this season, but it does show that he should produce under the current system. A glimpse at his season averages over the past three seasons may suggest he’s decline, but that could not be further from the truth. Barbosa has big-time upside this season.

2008-09

Barbosa came into his own in ’06-’07, using his incredible quickness and aggressive scoring mentality to bring home the NBA Sixth Man of the Year award. Unfortunately, he took a step back in ’07-08. Barbosa is a combo guard who plays off the ball as a pure shooter/scorer when he plays next to Steve Nash, but when Nash goes to the bench Barbosa gets to run the offense. Barbosa flies down the court with the ball in his hands, and with his deadly long-range jumper he’s able to set up a shot whenever he wants. He’s not quite big enough to play shooting guard full time, however, which keeps him in the sixth man/scorer-off-the-bench role and limits his minutes.

2007-08

Originally drafted as a point guard, Barbosa has become an important piece of the Suns’ recent teams at both guard spots. He is aggressive attacking the basket and can shoot from all ranges. Though he was primarily a bench player last season, Barbosa was among the league-leaders in 3-point attempts and percentage and averaged 18.1 points per game. The addition of Grant Hill could impact Barbosa some, but how can coach Mike D’Antoni keep him off the court? Hill could get most of his minutes at small forward as Boris Diaw and Shawn Marion help replace Kurt Thomas (Seattle) on the front line.

2006-07

Barbosa came back slowly from an early injury, and probably lost some playing time as the Suns were flowing with the pieces they had in place. Still, he logged 27.9 minutes per game, and is one of the NBA's most dynamic, exciting scorers off the bench. He will be given plenty of opportunities this year, especially after his dazzling performance with the Brazilian National Team in the World Basketball Championship.

2005-06

Barbosa enters the season second on the depth chart at point guard behind NBA MVP Steve Nash. While Barbosa struggled to lead the team to many victories during Nash's midseason absence due to injury, by year's end he played very well off the bench. While certainly not a star, Barbosa contributed a good field goal percentage (47.5%) and decent three-point shooting (36.7%) last season while scoring 7.9 points per game and adding two assists and 2.1 rebounds per game. The restructuring of the Suns' starters shouldn't weigh heavily on Barbosa's game, as he typically runs with second team players.

2004-05

Barbosa finished last season as the starting point guard after the team unloaded Stephon Marbury. He grew into the position last season, but is not yet a Steve Nash. He averaged 26.9 minutes per game after the All-Star break last season, but with the deep guard rotation, he’ll be hard pressed to get 20 this year. That might be enough for him to have value as a 3-point guy (39.5%, 3.0 3PA/game, 21.4 mpg in 2003-04). He will continue to develop his game as the primary backup to Nash, but can you remember who backed up Nash in Dallas? Neither can we.

2003-04

An excellent three-point shooter who also is adept at penetrating to the basket, Barbosa is known as a great competitor. In the Brazilian league, Barbosa averaged 28.2 points, seven assists, and four rebounds in about 37 minutes per game in 2002. The Suns would like Barbosa to evolve into their backup point guard behind Stephon Marbury.