Although he only has played for one NBA team, Juan Toscano-Anderson is incredibly thankful to be a member of the Warriors' roster. In speaking to reporters from training camp Thursday, Toscano-Anderson spoke about the gratitude he feels for getting the chance to play for his hometown team.
"Getting that validation and that acceptance from guys who have been in this league, who maintained in this league and built a career in this league," Toscano-Anderson said. "They have the utmost admiration and respect for me, this is something I've dreamed of my whole life, is making the NBA.
"I'm all ears when those guys are talking, they're always dropping gems, giving advice. They're great leaders, man.
"This is the only team I've been on in the NBA but one thing I can say about this organization is that, from the top to the bottom, every person is a leader in some form or fashion. So like I said, when those guys are talking, I'm listening."
His teammates also showed Toscano-Anderson some strong support off the court, as several players including Steph Curry and Klay Thompson joined him for a peaceful "Black Lives Matter" protest that he organized in Oakland back in June.
Toscano-Anderson grew up in Oakland and is a graduate of Castro Valley High School. He joined the Warriors' active roster after spending time playing with the Santa Cruz Warriors in the G League.
With injuries all over the roster in 2019-20, Toscano-Anderson got more playing time than many expected and averaged 5.3 points and 4.0 rebounds over 20.3 minutes per game.
An offseason infusion of talent might leave the 27-year-old with fewer opportunities, but Toscano-Anderson clearly isn't taking this season for granted, and will tirelessly work to earn his spot in the rotation.