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Ranking all of Steph’s teammates: #53 — Ian Clark

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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 of them before a new season starts and he adds to the tally. Better get a move on.

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.


#53 — Ian Clark

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Games: 143 (T-15th out of 106)
Points per game: 5.3 (T-57th out of 106)
Rebounds per game: 1.3 (87th out of 106)
Assists per game: 1.1 (T-53rd out of 106)

One of the hardest things about undertaking this project of ranking Curry’s teammates has been setting aside sentiment. There are a lot of players over the years who fans have held dear to their heart. Some of them were bright spots on dismal teams. Others of them, such as Ian Clark, played a small role on highly memorable squads.

Clark spent two years with Golden State. In his first year, they won an NBA-record 73 games. In his second year, they went 16-1 in the playoffs to win a championship.

He was loved by his teammates, and always smiling on the bench. He was ready when called on, even though that didn’t happen all that often.

But he averaged 6.8 points per game in the championship season, and that’s something to be quite proud of.

His defense wasn’t notable, and he struggled as a playmaker. He functioned well as a catch-and-shoot option or a cutter, but otherwise didn’t offer much offensively.

Every good team has some reliable back-of-the-bench options, who are great teammates and you hope don’t see the court in an elimination game. Clark was that for the Dubs for two years, and he’ll forever be cherished for it.

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What do you think of Ian Clark’s ranking?

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  • 33%
    He was better than #53
    (35 votes)
  • 53%
    #53 is about right
    (55 votes)
  • 12%
    He was worse than #53
    (13 votes)
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