If you hadn’t heard of the name Juan Toscano-Anderson even a month ago, then you wouldn’t have been alone. However, after he’s been given the opportunity to play by the Warriors, you should, as an NBA fan, get to know who he is.
Who the heck is Juan Toscano-Anderson?
Following an eventful trade deadline and busted season, the Warriors were left with several open roster spots. Enter Juan Toscano-Anderson, a 26-year-old forward who had been tearing it up in the G League. Toscano-Anderson brings two-way ability, with solid defense around the perimeter, as well as the ability to create his own shot. Before signing with the Warriors, he was putting up 12.5 ppg, 9.1 rpg, and 1.4 in 29 mpg for the Santa Cruz Warriors. He has the potential to be a valuable two-way player; check out some of these highlights from the G League and Summer League:
How Toscano-Anderson got here:
Toscano-Anderson was a four year player at Marquette, playing his freshman season with Jae Crowder. After a strong season for Marquette in his freshman and sophomore seasons, the team went through a rebuild in his junior and senior years. He then went under the radar during the 2015 draft, and went undrafted, despite having a solid four-year career in college.
Unlike most prospects who go to the G league following the draft, Toscano-Anderson went straight overseas. He played one season for Soles de Mexicali in 2015-16, and then two for Fuerza Regia de Monterrey of the LNBP league of Mexico. It’s tough for any player that goes overseas to come back to the NBA eventually. However, the Mexican league isn’t even regarded as one of the top international leagues, making Toscano-Anderson’s NBA success even more unlikely. After a strong start to this season, he finally got an NBA opportunity with the Warriors.
Toscano-Anderson becomes just the fifth player in NBA history to come from Mexican descent. Of those five, he is the only guy currently in the NBA. (He’s also just the second player ever to wear number 95 in an NBA game, joining DeAndre’ Bembry of the Atlanta Hawks.)
Toscano-Anderson’s future in the NBA:
Through five games, Toscano-Anderson has taken advantage of his opportunity to play for the struggling Golden State Warriors. Currently, he is averaging 7.6 ppg and 4.2 rpg in 20.0 mpg, along with 1.2 spg. His best game of the season came on Sunday night when Toscano-Anderson recorded 16 points, eight rebounds, and two blocks on 6/10 from the field, and 3/5 from behind the arc.
Signed through the rest of the season, Toscano-Anderson has earned his future in the NBA. He clearly has the two-way ability to be a valuable player, and with more experience, he should keep improving. Considering how bad the Warriors are, Toscano-Anderson will continue to get playing time as well. While he won’t ever become a superstar, NBA fans should definitely remember his name.
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