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Why Toscano-Anderson is not 'one-hit wonder' for Warriors

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Juan Toscano-Anderson was terrific in the Warriors' loss to the Boston Celtics on Tuesday night.

The 27-year-old -- who is on a two-way contract -- recorded 16 points (6-for-9 from the field, 3-for-3 on 3s), two rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 27 minutes.

He started the second half in place of the injured Kevon Looney, and probably will get the starting nod when Golden State faces the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday night.

The Oakland native has seized the opportunity, and deserves immense praise for getting to this point in his career.

And it didn't just happen by chance or good fortune.

“We’ve been in the lab,” Warriors player development coach Aaron Miles told The Athletic's Marcus Thompson. "He’s not a faker, either. Some cats, they only do it when the coaches are around.

"But Juan’s in the lab.”

Toscano-Anderson shot just below 29 percent from 3-point range over 121 college games at Marquette. While playing professionally in Mexico during the 2017-18 campaign, he made 29.3 percent (61-for-208) of his 3-point attempts.

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After shooting 34.1 percent from beyond the arc with the G League's Santa Cruz Warriors in 2018-19, JTA entered the 2019-20 season eager to prove that mark was not a fluke. But things got off to a terrible start, as he went 3-for-34 across the Sea Dubs' first 14 games.

 

That didn't derail his confidence, however, as the Castro Valley High School graduate made 23-of-60 3s over his final 17 appearances, which included a 10-game stretch where he went 17-for-32.

And in 21 career NBA games so far, he is 14-for-34 (41.2 percent) from distance.

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But Toscano-Anderson's game is so much more than 3-point shooting. He does all of the little things that don't necessarily appear in the basic box score, and impacts the game at both ends.

And according to Miles, the best is yet to come.

"Juan ain’t no one-hit-wonder," he declared.

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