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Jose Alvarado
Position: G
Born: 04/12/98
Height: 6-0 / 1.83
Weight:179 lbs. / 81.2 kg.
Salary: $1,563,518
“Some people think I’m crazy, some think I’m not,” Alvarado said. “I want to be in the (Rising Stars) game. I want to be in the conversation for the All-Defensive team and things like that. I want to be one of the best point guards in the league. Even if it doesn’t happen this year, I want people to know I’m one of the guys they should put in that category. I have those goals in front of me and I’m always chasing them. That’s part of the fuel that keeps me going.”
Alvarado worked out for a few days over the summer with former San Antonio Spurs great Tony Parker, picking his brain on the technique of the shot that made Parker one of the best point guards of his generation. Alvarado already had a great deal of respect for Parker’s playing career, but spending time with him in the practice gym gave him an even greater appreciation for how much thought Parker put into his game.
As valuable as that time was with Parker, Alvarado said he walked away from the experience feeling even more confident because of the things he didn’t learn. What shocked the Pels guard is that so many of the suggestions Parker gave were things Alvarado was already doing or things he was already noticing on the court. It was one of the first times Alvarado realized he could compare himself to one of the all-time greats at his position and feel like he belonged. “He’s one of the best point guards we’ve seen. So, hearing him talk and knowing we view the game in very similar ways, it made me a lot more comfortable with who I am,” Alvarado said. “It was like, ‘OK, you really do think the game like a great point guard. Just trust yourself.’ That really meant a lot. I knew it in the back of my mind, but that experience really made me feel like I’m meant to be in this position.”
Alvarado scored 12 points and had five assists off the bench, while Nance contributed 19.  “Without Jose, we would be a whole lot worse off,” Nance said. “He is the spark plug to this team. CJ would tell you this himself. He’s not a point guard. He’s a combo guard, two guard. Jose coming in and running the team with the change of pace he brings for us is massive.”