The 33-year-old Brazilian started his career with the Suns back in 2003 and spent his first seven seasons in the league there. He was selected 28th overall by the San Antonio Spurs, who traded him for a 2005 first round pick. Barbosa thrived under Mike D’Antoni‘s seven-seconds-or-less offense and had a four-year run where he was a legitimate threat on the floor. His quickness and ability to shoot from deep made him a natural fit in that offense, and from 2005-09, the Brazilian Blur averaged 15.4 points, including 18.1 in 2006-7, and shot 41 percent from three.
Since his prime years in the mid-2000s, Barbosa’s role has diminished on most of the teams he’s played for. Durability is a huge issue with him, and he hasn’t played more than 70 games in a season since 2008-09.
The former Sixth Man of the Year found new life in the Bay Area and looked like his old self despite playing limited minutes. His shooting touch was still there, but, more surprisingly, his quickness was still there as well. It’s unclear how Phoenix will utilize him on the court, but the 13-year will certainly have a huge role in mentoring the plethora of young guards on the roster.