If Frank Vogel's opening remarks about the Pacers' newest addition in Leandro Barbosa are true, the rest of the league should be put on warning.
"He made every shot he took, and he probably would have averaged about forty a game if this were a forty-eight minute game," said Vogel as a joke with a smile.
Barbosa, who was acquired from the Tornoto Raptors for a second-round pick and cash, practiced for the very first time with the Pacers on Monday and felt pretty good about his reps with the squad.
"They play tough and they are tough," said Barbosa about his new teammates.
"They are a running team, and they want to win. That's the good thing about it, because I want to win too. I'm just added to this team to help and hopefully it will work out well for us, and for myself too."
All joking aside impressed his new Head Coach in Vogel with his ability to fit into the offense.
"He just has an offensive instinct that you can't teach," said Vogel about Barbosa, who is averging 12.2 points per game. "He knows how to attack the basket, he knows how to read defenses, and he made more impressives passes today then he did shots, and we know he can score the ball. We are excited what he could bring to the table."
Barbosa joins the Pacers while the team is in a bit of a slide, having lost six of their last eight games and most recently losing to the New York Knicks on back-to-back nights Friday (115-110) and Saturday (102-88). However his teamates believe he'll be able to give a spark to an offense that has recently been lacking.
"He is quick," said Pacers' center Roy Hibbert.
"He can seriously get up and down the floor. I told him that he is going to like playing with me because I like to pass the ball to guys who cut hard. I have a feeling he is going to get a lot of easy buckets that way, and it is going to open up a lot of things for myself and the team."
Vogel said that in Tuesday night's home game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Barbosa is expected to come off the bench as a two-guard, and could get anywhere from 15-20 minutes of playing time.
"I was here very early today trying to get some offense and defense in," said Barbosa. "We worked hard to do well, and they are working as hard as they can so it is easy for me on the floor to be comfortable."