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Ranking all of Steph’s teammates: #54 — Alfonzo McKinnie

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Nothing but fond memories of Zo.

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During his time with the Golden State 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.


#54 — Alfonzo McKinnie

2019 NBA Finals - Game Three Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Games: 72 (36th out of 106)
Points per game: 4.7 (63rd out of 106)
Rebounds per game: 3.4 (T-44th out of 106)
Assists per game: 0.4 (T-84th out of 106)

There’s a pretty big gap between how good Alfonzo McKinnie was and how fondly Warriors fans remember him. I mean that as a compliment, though it probably doesn’t sound like it.

McKinnie joined the Warriors on a training camp invite in 2018. He was 26 years old, but had spent most of his career playing overseas, and had just 14 career NBA games under his belt. When Patrick McCaw held out, McKinnie ended up signing a two-year, non-guaranteed deal. And when McCaw stayed away from the team deep into the season, McKinnie proved to be a better option anyway.

He stayed on the roster all year long, and was rather beloved by his Warriors teammates. He had great energy and chemistry with the team’s stars, from Curry to Kevin Durant, and everyone seemed to trust him. And it paid off with a few mighty impressive performances.

But while he gave the team quite a few bursts, he was severely limited. He was supposed to fill the role of three-and-D, but was very poor defensively, and only had a trustworthy jump shot when left wide open.

He was decently efficient as a scorer because he was able to get out in transition and score, which was a nice asset, but he really struggled in the half court to provide much on either end of the ball.

Ultimately, the Warriors cut him prior to the 2019-20 season, to make room on the roster for Marquese Chriss. McKinnie ended up spending the year on the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Perhaps you remember him for his big smile when cracking jokes with Durant and Curry. Perhaps you remember him for his athletic transition dunks, or the times he’d sky high for an offensive rebound.

But I’ll always remember him for his dance moves to the remix of Fergie’s national anthem.

Perfect.

Poll

What do you think of Alfonzo McKinnie’s ranking?

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  • 37%
    He was better than #54
    (71 votes)
  • 45%
    #54 is about right
    (86 votes)
  • 16%
    He was worse than #54
    (31 votes)
188 votes total Vote Now