First off, an apology that this series sat on the bookshelf for a while. The world has been crazy, in case you haven’t noticed, and some other things took priority.
But with the wild news that the NBA season will be starting on Dec. 22, we only have about six weeks until the Golden State Warriors are back on the court. Which means we only have about six weeks until Steph Curry has some new teammates, so I better get back to this darn series so I can finish it up before it’s ruined.
So back we go. Here’s the rundown:
During his time with the Warriors, Steph Curry has had 106 teammates who have appeared in at least one game. Some played in exactly one game, while others played in hundreds. Some never actually played in a game that Curry was active for, while others formed historically great partnerships with him.
And I’m ranking all 106 over the course of a few months.
Players are ranked — and stats are shown — based only on their time as Curry’s teammate. How good/bad they were in other organizations doesn’t matter. How good/bad they were on pre-2009-10 Warriors teams doesn’t matter.
#55 — Justin Holiday
Games: 59 (T-44th out of 106)
Points per game: 4.3 (T-70th out of 106)
Rebounds per game: 1.2 (T-88th out of 106)
Assists per game: 0.8 (T-66th out of 106)
Holiday will always hold a dear place in our hearts, as a member of that oh so special 2014-15 Warriors team that broke through and won the title when so few saw it coming. He was far from a star on that team, but he was a contributor, and averaged 11.1 minutes per game in the regular season (he played just 11 minutes total in the playoffs, however).
On a team defined by arguably the greatest offensive backcourt in NBA history — and unquestionably the greatest shooting backcourt in NBA history — Holiday stood out a little bit. He didn’t shoot particularly well, making just 32.1% of his three-pointers and finishing the year with a below-average true-shooting percentage of 49.8%. And he didn’t pass the ball very well for a guard, averaging just 2.6 assists per 36 minutes.
But his defense was very good. He had the length and athleticism to guard point guards, shooting guards, and small forwards, and was able to spell Curry and Klay Thompson on that end of the court. He rarely made defensive miscues, which is rare for a player of his experience level (he had played just nine NBA games when he joined the Warriors).
He was a weapon on that end of the court, which at times made up for not being one on offense.
He’s gone on to have a successful career, and is still in the league, as are his two brothers. It’s clear from the way he interacts with the Warriors players and coaching staff when he plays against them that he was highly respected and loved in the locker room. And that’s a sentiment most fans share.
What do you think of Justin Holiday’s ranking?
This poll is closed
He was better than #55
#55 is about right
He was worse than #55