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Warriors Rumors: Draft & Stash Prospect ‘hurt’ by coach’s departure

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Golden State Warriors rookie Gui Santos handles the ball during a summer league bout with the New York Knicks.

Rare is the player who is able to make an impression like Golden State Warriors rookie Gui Santos on his summer league debut. The Brazilian player emerged from relative obscurity to land with the club ranked 55th in the 2022 NBA draft, then quickly went crazy in his very first game on July 2.

In a contest that also included Kings forward Keegan Murray’s fourth overall pick, there were several instances where Santos looked like the best player on the field. In 25 minutes of action, he scored 23 points on 7-of-13 shooting while adding six boards, three steals and a block.

Although the 20-year-old failed to recapture that magic in later appearances, Dub Nation were nonetheless annoyed by what they saw of the Brasilia native.

Still, questions abound regarding his timeline to become a real contributor at the NBA level. And a league executive believes his transition to American professional play will be more difficult than it otherwise would have been due to a recent departure from Golden State’s coaching staff.


GM: Santos could have benefited from Barbosa’s presence


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Asked by Heavy.com’s Sean Deveney when fans might see fireworks from Santos – or even lock him a backbench spot – an Eastern Conference general manager employed the infamous line Bruno Caboclo.

“It’s in two years,” said the general manager. “The joke is always, he’s two years away from being two and that could be the case for him. But he’s 20, so either he’s ready for the NBA in two years or they’ll move on. .

Nevertheless, the executive maintained that Santos had a chance to make his mark.

β€œIt can happen. He’s fun to watch but he’s like a lot of young Brazilian players, very raw,” the general manager said. “He’s not a crazy athlete and he has good ball-handling instincts, but he needs top-level experience.”

Unfortunately, perhaps the person best suited to smooth Santos’ transition to the Association has just left the Warriors for a new gig about 90 miles off I-80.

“Leandro Barbosa leaving this staff will hurt him,” he said. “I suspect Leandro will always help the kid, but it was a perfect connection to have in this team, a good line from team to player. But they will find a way to bring it in, they are maybe the best league organization when it comes to paying attention to every detail and making sure they get what they can from their assets.

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In the end, he just needs an NBA game and a little luck

Even when foreign players are given a soft landing with a compatriot or someone else they know, it’s not quite a guarantee that they’ll be successful. In the end, they are good enough to thrive or they are not.

Concrete example: the former number 5 in the general classification, Dante Exum.

After the Aussie was selected by the Jazz in 2014, the team ultimately decided to acquire Joe Ingles – Exum’s boyhood hoops hero and fellow player from Down Under – to be their babysitter. . In the end, however, it was Ingles who emerged as the better baller, and by a sizable margin.

Exum (himself a prospect who was perpetually two), never developed a jump shot or tightened his loose grips to become a viable player. He’s also been plagued by a series of devastating injuries, which have hampered his ability to find any kind of consistency as a young pro.

So, after six seasons in the league with multiple teams, he went overseas, concluding his NBA run at just 26 with a career point average of 5.7 PPG and field goal percentage well within the league. south of 50.

Whether Santos will be able to avoid going down a similar path remains to be seen. But if he can’t keep up with the NBA athletes or if bad luck somehow besets him, it doesn’t matter if Barbosa is there or not. In other words, look at what has happened to Caboclo over the years.

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