How Juan Toscano came to the NBA and the Golden State Warriors

It is very true: reaching the NBA is the dream of many, but within the reach of few. The main way is to do it through the Draft, where th

It is very true: reaching the is the dream of many, but within the reach of few. The main way is to do it through the Draft, where the 30 teams select university players or militants from other Leagues, mainly in Europe, in two rounds of 30 selections each.

But the case of -Anderson is different: he was not selected in the 2015 Draft. Both rounds passed and the Mexican, a graduate of Marquette University, was simply not chosen in that class.

what?How did Juan arrive? Tuscan to the NBA?

The answer is simple, he went a longer way: the NBA G-League. After showing his talent in the National Professional Basketball League (LNBP) with Soles de Mexicali and winning two titles with Fuerza Regia, in addition to trying his luck in competitions in Venezuela and Argentina, the forward had the opportunity to join the Warriors of Santa Cruz , the NBA development league team.

It was in 2018 that Santa Cruz sought him out after being impressed with Toscano’s talent, who was the LNBP All-Star Game MVP in two seasons and who also won a dunk contest. They gave him space on his roster 15 minutes into Media Day, with which Fuerza Regia allowed him to free himself from his contract and seek the dream of the NBA.

After a season and a half in the G-League, the doors opened in February 2020, when he caught the attention of Steve Kerr, coach of the main team, who needed new men due to the injuries that afflicted the Warriors in that 2019 season- 2020 that was for oblivion.

That was how he signed for the rest of the season. With the team he grew up admiring, given how close he was to his old arena in Oakland and the ones he always wanted to play with. That first season was relatively short: the break due to the pandemic stopped sports activities for months and the resumption in the Orlando bubble did not contemplate the Warriors, given their zero chances of qualifying.

For the 2020-2021 season preview, Juan failed to make the Golden State roster. But when it seemed that he would be relegated, they offered him a two-way contract, that is, he would play with Santa Cruz, but could be activated for some games at Golden State. His good performance and defensive value ended up convincing the Warriors, who signed him for two years and ensured his presence in the NBA. He got it.

The 2021-2022 season has been the best in that regard. Toscano played 73 games (six of them as a starter), in which he averaged 4.1 points, 2.4 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.2 blocks in 13.6 game minutes. With a rotation role and more activity in the last minutes of the game, Toscano is part of the Warriors squad that fights for the 2022 NBA Finals against the Celtics from Boston.