Over the weekend, the AT&T Slam Dunk Contest saw Mexico’s tricolor soar in a once-in-a-lifetime performance in NBA history.
Golden State Warriors shooting guard/forward Juan Toscano-Anderson flew with his Nikes with the Tricolor of Mexico and stole the show. Although he came in second to Obin Toppin in the contest, Toscano-Anderson gave the Mexican and Mexican-American fans a moment like no other.
Juan Toscano-Anderson windmills over Andrew Wiggins 😳
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) February 20, 2022
Juan Toscano-Anderson was born in East Oakland, California, and grew up on 95th Avenue, a number he proudly wears on his jersey.
Since his high school and college years, Toscano-Anderson demonstrated his ball skills and was ranked 61st in the country by Rivals.com among all 2011 basketball recruits.
As reported by Our Esquina, Juan Toscano-Anderson starred at Castro Valley High and then at Marquette University. After college, the young athlete secured a Mexican passport and climbed to the NBA through Mexico’s National Professional Basketball League. He first played professionally in 2015-2016 with the Soles de Mexicali in Baja California, just a few miles from Mexico’s border with California.
He added a brief stint in Venezuela in 2016 before spending the 2016-2018 seasons in Mexico with Fuerza Regia de Monterrey. He returned to the U.S. in October 2018 to play with the Santa Cruz Warriors. Less than two years later, he debuted with his hometown Warriors.