Boston Celtics guard Leandro Barbosa has seen his minutes increase drastically with the recent season ending injury to point guard Rajon Rondo. Barbosa was almost an afterthought free agent signing, being signed right before the season started against Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, and the Miami Heat. He was truly an extra guard and his signing was initially geared towards providing depth. With the injury to Rondo, his minutes have been on the rise lately and he figures to play a prominent role for the remainder of the season.
Scoring has never been a problem for Barbosa and the Celtics certainly could use all the scoring they can get. He is a great sixth man type who also provides energy off the bench. The Celtics also like his versatility as he can play some point guard minutes in relief of Courtney Lee and Avery Bradley. It seems like Barbosa has been around quite a long time, but he is only 30 years old and still offers nice athleticism at the guard position.
Can Barbosa really help this team get to the playoffs? He wouldn’t be the sole reason the team reaches the NBA’s second season, but he figures to play a consistent twenty minutes per game from here on out. Only weeks ago it was reported that he had requested a trade to earn more playing time, but any recollection of those possible comments is now a distant memory. The team could still trade him if another team was to overpay for him, but that seems rather unlikely.
Barbosa has been a nice story as of late and should continue to help this team try and rise up the Eastern Conference standings.
Rob Lunder covers the Boston Celtics for Rant Sports. For all Celtics news go to the team homepage on Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @rlunder18