In his first professional season, he was named rookie of the year, averaging 13.3 points and 5.4 assists per game, and was called for the first time to the National Team at the age of 19.
After averaging 28.2 points, 4.0 rebounds, 7.0 assists and 2.8 steals per game in his last season in the Paulista league, he was drafted with the 28th pick by the San Antonio Spurs in 2003 and then traded to the Phoenix Suns, where he has played all seven seasons to date.
After the FIBA World Championship, he will play for the Toronto Raptors.
In 2005, he posted 21.2 points, 4.7 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game for the National Team in the FIBA Americas Championship, in which Brazil won gold.
Identified as Brazil’s key player in for the 2006 FIBA World Championship in Japan, Barbosa managed to average 21.2 points per game in spite of the team’s disappointing 17th place finish.
During the 2007 and 2009 FIBA Americas Championships, Barbosa was Brazil’s top performer on both occasions helping steer Brazil to secure gold last year.
Barbosa is a good scorer, known for his lightning speed, and can drive to the basket or shoot from beyond the arc. He is also a good defender thanks to his athletic body and his impressive wingspan.