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Ranking all of Steph’s teammates: #30 — Brandon Rush

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So good he had two stints!

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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.


#30 — Brandon Rush

Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) high-fives Golden State Warriors’ Brandon Rush (4), left, following their 125-104 win over the Memphis Grizzlies at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Wednesday, April 13, 2016. (Doug Duran/Bay Area News Group) Photo by MediaNews Group/Bay Area News via Getty Images

Games: 172 (13th out of 106)
Points per game: 5.7 (T-49th out of 106)
Rebounds per game: 2.8 (T-56th out of 106)
Assists per game: 0.9 (T-62nd out of 106)

It’s always a strong endorsement when a team brings you back for a second run with them, especially when they’ve gotten better. That’s exactly what happened with Brandon Rush. He played for the Warriors for two years, from 2011 to 2013, though he only played two games in the second year due to an ACL tear. In the offseason he was then traded to the Utah Jazz, to facilitate the Andre Iguodala addition.

After one year in Utah, Rush re-signed with the Dubs for the 2014-15 season, and spent two more years in the Bay Area. He won a championship with the Warriors, and then was a part of the 73-win team.

The few players who were on the Warriors for that magical run will always hold a special place in all of our hearts.

Rush was never spectacular, but he was consistently good. In his 172 games with the Warriors, he hit the 20 point mark just six times. But he was reliable. He always played solid defense, and he made 41.2% of his shots from distance during his Warriors tenure.

Most importantly, he was a key part of some incredible Warriors teams, and for that we’ll always remember him.

With fewer than 30 players left, I’m going to start listing the remaining names in alphabetic order, to help out with determining whether someone is properly ranked. Here they are:

Kelenna Azubuike, Leandro Barbosa, Harrison Barnes, Jordan Bell, Andrew Bogut, Willie Cauley-Stein, Marquese Chriss, DeMarcus Cousins, Kevin Durant, Monta Ellis, Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala, Jarrett Jack, Carl Landry, Damion Lee, David Lee, Jeremy Lin, Shaun Livingston, Kevon Looney, Corey Maggette, JaVale McGee, Zaza Pachulia, Eric Paschall, Nate Robinson, D’Angelo Russell, Klay Thompson, David West, Andrew Wiggins, Dorell Wright

Poll

What do you think of Brandon Rush’s ranking?

This poll is closed

  • 17%
    He was better than #30
    (18 votes)
  • 63%
    #30 is about right
    (65 votes)
  • 19%
    He was worse than #30
    (20 votes)
103 votes total Vote Now