The Golden State Warriors are reportedly signing wing Juan Toscano-Anderson for the rest of the season. The news was first reported by The Athletic’s Marcus Thompson II, and quickly confirmed by his colleague Anthony Slater.
TOWN BIZ! Juan Toscano @juanonjuan10 is signing a contract for the rest of the year. Oakland’s own makes the NBA!— Marcus Thompson (@ThompsonScribe) February 7, 2020
Per source: Warriors are signing wing Juan Toscano-Anderson into one of their vacant roster spots tomorrow. Bay Area native. Was with team in camp. Played for Santa Cruz in G League this season.— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) February 7, 2020
Toscano-Anderson became a favorite among some Warriors fans over the summer, after displaying lots of heart, effort, and athleticism at the Las Vegas Summer League. While some fans hoped the Warriors would sign him to a two-way contract, he instead ended up with the Santa Cruz Warriors on a basic G League contract for the second season in a row.
But now he’s getting his chance, and at 26-years old he’ll get to make his NBA debut. The Warriors are in need of bodies after trading D’Angelo Russell, Omari Spellman, Alec Burks, Glenn Robinson III, and Jacob Evans III.
In two years in Santa Cruz, the 6-foot-6 Toscano-Anderson has played in 75 games, and started 28. He’s averaged 26.0 minutes, 9.3 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 1.3 steals per game, while shooting 46.9% from the field and 29.7% from deep. Not surprisingly based on those stats, his defense is his calling card.
Making an NBA debut is special for any player, but it’s likely to be extra special for Toscano-Anderson, who is not only a Bay Area native, but has had a long journey to the NBA. Toscano-Anderson was born in Oakland, and was a standout athlete at Castro Valley High School.
After four years at Marquette, he went undrafted in 2015. He spent three years playing professionally in Mexico, before making the leap to the G League. And now he’s headed to the NBA.
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