After 12 years in the NBA you would expect a player to start to slow down, but when your nickname is the ‘Brazilian Blur,’ that’s probably not going to happen. Finally playing for a championship contending team like the Warriors after years of toiling with lottery contenders, Leandro Barbosa seems to have mistaken himself for a bottle of fine wine and has improved with age.

Having spent time with the Spurs, Suns, Pacers, Raptors and a detour back to Brazil throughout his career, the path to a championship hasn’t be easy for the explosive guard. Last season Barbosa was finally able to live out the dream of every player in the league as he was a part of the 2014-15 Warriors championship team.

Playing on a team that has been smashing NBA records throughout the season, Barbosa has played an integral role coming off the bench to stabilize the Dubs as they have needed him. Over the past month Steph Curry has had some tough nights out – by his standards – but for the Warriors, Barbosa has stood up and unleashed an explosion of quick points that has saved their team.

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