Leandro Voted Sixth Man

Suns speedy Brazilian guard averaged 18.1 ppg off the bench
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser User
Posted Apr 23, 2007 10:30 PM CDT
Phoenix Suns   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Sportswriters voted the preternaturally quick Leandro Barbosa the NBA's best sixth man in 2007. Used primarily off the bench, the Brazilian guard served to propel the Phoenix Suns to a higher gear, after the team had already established its fast-paced, high-scoring brand of play; he achieved over 18 points per game.

Barbosa has already achieved the dream of every Brazilian athlete:  his very own mononymic nickname, Leandrino. This is inarguably superior to his American sobriquet, "The Brazilian Blur." Lakers coach Phil Jackson opines, "That's a really weak nickname ... Blur doesn't even designate how fast this guy is. He's even faster than that."