Juan Toscano-Anderson is Steph Curry, Draymond Green 'super-fan'

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Why JTA calls himself 'super-fan' of Steph and Draymond originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

  • Editor's Note: Kerith Burke's full interview with Warriors forward Juan Toscano-Anderson can be seen on NBC Sports Bay Area during "Warriors Pregame Live" before Monday's game against the New Orleans Pelicans.

Juan Toscano-Anderson is living the dream. In his second season with the Warriors, the Oakland native plays for the team he grew up rooting for. 

And he's sharing the court with two franchise icons on a nightly basis. 

"It's beautiful to watch, honestly," Toscano-Anderson said to NBC Sports Bay Area's Kerith Burke on Steph Curry and Draymond Green. "We could sit here and talk about it all day. It's honestly a privilege to watch these two guys play together.

"Their chemistry is ... I've never seen anything like it. I was a fan watching these guys, but I'm a super-fan playing with these guys because it's just so fun to watch."

Curry and Green have an unspoken language, a lifelong bond on the court. Toscano-Anderson calls Green a "magician" with the ball, and also has plenty of similarities to him.

Both play way bigger than their size. They wear their heart on their sleeves, bringing non-stop energy to Golden State. Toscano-Anderson knows just how important Draymond is to the Warriors' success. 

"Teams need that," he said of Green's energy. "Teams need that life. They need that attitude, they need that chippiness. I know he brings that.

"There's value in that. There's value in playing hard. There's value in playing tough. There's value in setting hard screens. There's value in all of that stuff."

Toscano-Anderson shows that value every day. He still is fighting for a guaranteed contract as a two-way player. While they have had different careers, Toscano-Anderson knows he can look at the three-time champion for guidance and inspiration. 

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"I think he's very misunderstood," Toscano-Anderson said. "People may see him yelling at us on the court. We don't care. They care because they just want to make it a thing, but we know who Draymond is and we know he means well.

"At the end of the day when it's going down, he's gonna have your back."

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