Rare is the participant who is ready to make an impression like Golden State Warriors draftee Gui Santos in a summer season league debut. The Brazilian baller emerged from relative obscurity to land with the membership at No. 55 general within the 2022 NBA Draft, then promptly went bananas in his first-ever recreation on July 2.
In a contest that additionally featured the fourth general decide in Kings ahead Keegan Murray, there have been a number of cases the place Santos regarded like the most effective participant on the court docket. Over 25 minutes of motion, he scored 23 factors on 7-of-13 capturing whereas including six boards, three steals and a block.
Although the 20-year-old did not recapture that magic in subsequent appearances, Dub Nation was nonetheless riled by what they noticed from the Brasilia native.
Still, questions abound concerning his timeline in direction of turning into an precise contributor on the NBA stage. And one league govt believes his transition to the American professional recreation will likely be harder than it will have been in any other case as a consequence of a current departure from Golden State’s teaching workers.
GM: Santos Could Have Benefited From Barbosa’s Presence
When requested by Heavy.com’s Sean Deveney about when followers would possibly see some fireworks out of Santos — and even him locking down a back-end bench spot — an Eastern Conference GM employed the notorious Bruno Caboclo line.
“He’s two years away,” the GM mentioned. “The joke is all the time, he is two years away from being two years away and that is likely to be the case for him. But he is 20, so he is both NBA-ready in two years or they’ll transfer on.”
Nevertheless, the exec maintained that Santos has an opportunity to catch on.
“He can get there. He is enjoyable to look at however he’s like a whole lot of younger gamers popping out of Brazil, very uncooked,” the GM opined. “He isn’t a loopy athlete and he has good ballhandling instincts however he wants high-level expertise.”
Unfortunately, the one individual maybe most suited to ease Santos’ transition to the Association simply left the Warriors for a brand new gig about 90 miles up I-80.
“Leandro Barbosa leaving that workers will damage him,” he mentioned. “I think Leandro will nonetheless assist the child, however that was an ideal connection to have on that group, a great line from the group to the participant. But they’re going to discover a strategy to deliver him alongside, they’re possibly the most effective group within the league in the case of taking note of each element and ensuring they get what they will from their property.”
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In the End, He Just Needs an NBA Game & a Little Luck
Even when overseas gamers are given a delicate touchdown with a fellow countryman or another person they’re accustomed to, it would not fairly be sure that they’re going to achieve success. Ultimately, they’re adequate to flourish or they are not.
Case in level: former No. 5 general decide Dante Exum.
After the Aussie was chosen by the Jazz in 2014, the group ultimately made the transfer to amass Joe Ingles — Exum’s childhood hoops hero and one other Down Under baller — to be his babysitter. When all was mentioned and executed, although, it was Ingles who turned the higher baller, and by a sizeable margin at that.
Exum (himself a prospect who was perpetually two years away), by no means developed a leap shot or tightened up his unfastened handles to make himself a viable participant. He additionally fell prey to a sequence of devastating accidents, which hampered his capacity to search out any form of consistency as a younger professional.
So, after six seasons within the league with a number of groups, he went abroad, wrapping up his NBA run at simply 26 years previous with a profession scoring common of 5.7 PPG and an efficient field-goal proportion effectively south of fifty.
Whether Santos will have the ability to keep away from happening the same path stays to be seen. But if he cannot preserve tempo with NBA athletes or dangerous luck besets him in some way, it might not matter if Barbosa is there or not. In different phrases, have a look at what’s occurred to Caboclo over time.
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