The Golden State Warriors are well-known team thanks to their recent championship runs with current players like Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, and Klay Thompson. What should not go unnoticed is their ability to solidify their roster with strong, competitive role players. One such player on this years’ team is 6-6, 209 pound Juan Toscana-Anderson.
Toscano-Anderson is in his third year in the NBA and seems to want to take on a bigger role. This season, he has played in 32 games and has made two starts. He is currently averaging 4.8 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 2.3 assists in just 16.5 minutes a game.
No game (so far) has been bigger than JTA’s December 3 performance against the Phoenix Suns. Toscano-Anderson finished the night with a season-high 17 points on 7 of 8 shooting with 5 rebounds, 5 assists, a steal, and a block to go along with a big Warriors’ win. His overall line was impressive especially since he was coming off the bench but nothing was as impressive as his dunk.
In the first quarter, JTA made a quick steal, passed up the ball as he was falling down, and then ran toward the basket. As he was running, his teammate Draymond Green spotted him and delivered a quick pass which JTA got up and tomahawked it into the basket as a jumping JaVale McGee was defending.
It was a very impressive dunk as JTA not only was quick on his feet to react throughout the play but he also had to go up against a 7 FOOT TALL JaVale McGee at the basket.
Winner: Juan Toscano-Anderson
After the game JTA declared it his “best in-game dunk” and was already looking to make some copies. Obviously, one has to go to his mom.
JaVale McGee saw the comments and offered to sign the photo.
Juan Toscano-Anderson later quote tweets the post and says that he will bring it on Christmas Day.
Christmas Day, the Warriors once again walk away with a victory over the Suns. It was not the only present for Toscano-Anderson. He took to Twitter after the game to share his new JaVale McGee signed photo.
McGee responded to the tweet and said, “Man of my word! All Love young fella!”
If you look closely, it says “f- you” on the autographed photo.
Intense, competitive rivalries are good for the game but every now and then a moment of humility is also good to see.