Gui Santos, Minas Tênis Clube and the Brazilian national team were selected by the Golden State Warriors in the 55th position of the 2022 NBA Draft to be held in New York on Thursday night. As the selection came in the second round (31st to 58th), there is still no guarantee of a deal. Still, the rights of the young player now belong to the reigning champions of the world’s largest basketball league.
The trend is for Gui to start his basketball career in the United States through the G-League, the NBA’s development league. It is also possible to stay in Brazil for another year or play in another foreign league season. The player was not at the Barclays Center, the site of the draft, but was celebrated on social media. Also won the welcome of the new team. (See below).
Gui Santos NBA – Photo: Reproduction Instagram
It is unlikely that the young winger, who is 20 years old – completed this Wednesday – will be added to the Warriors’ main roster immediately. However, Gui has recently tasted training at the facilities of Stephen Curry, Clay Thompson, Dreammond Green and the company’s team. Golden State was one of ten franchises that received Brazil for a pre-draft activity.
The Warriors had earlier sent a scout to Brazil to observe the training and performance of the 2.02m, 95kg athlete for Minas. In 2021, he was named the Highlight Youngest and Most Evolving Player of the NBB. In 2022, he won the sixth Man of the Year award, with 10.1 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2 assists.
Brazil already had two players in the NBA: Raulzinho Neto, who played for the Washington Wizards last season, and Didi Louzada, from the Portland Trail Blazers. Gui Santos is the 16th player in the country to be drafted. Paulão Prestes, Oscar Schmidt and Marquinhos Abdala went through the sieve, but could not make it to the league. Check out the list below.
Brazil drafted in the NBA.
2022 – Gui Santos (Golden State Warriors – 55th position)
2019 – Didi Luzada (Atlanta Hawks – 35th position)
2014 – Bruno Caboclo (Toronto Raptors – 20th place)
2013 – Raul Nato (Atlanta Hawks – 47th)
2013 – Lucas Nogira (Boston Celtics – 16th)
2012 – Fab fair (Boston Celtics – 22nd place)
2010 – Palau Priests (Minnesota Timberwolves – 45th position)
2007 – Tiago Splitter (San Antonio Espresso – 28th place)
2006 – Marcus Vanessius (New Orleans / Oklahoma City Hornets – 43rd)
2004 – Anderson Varijao (Orlando Magic – 30th position)
2004 – Rafael Araujo (Toronto Raptors – 8th position)
2003 – Landro Barbosa (San Antonio Espresso – 28th place)
2002 – Funny baby (New York Knicks – 7th position)
1988 – Rolando Ferreira (Portland Trail Blazer – 26th Position)
1984 – Oscar Schmidt (New Jersey Net – 131st)
1976 – Marcinos Abdala (Portland Trail Blazer – 162nd position)