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Ranking all of Steph’s teammates: #46 — Anthony Randolph

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The prospect that I still wonder about.

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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.


#46 — Anthony Randolph

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Games: 33 (T-65th out of 106)
Points per game: 11.6 (18th out of 106)
Rebounds per game: 6.5 (7th out of 106)
Assists per game: 1.3 (T-50th out of 106)

Before there was Steph Curry, there was Anthony Randolph. Just a year before the Warriors used their lottery pick on Curry, they used one on Randolph, who also broke the mold of the traditional basketball player, and did things that were unexpected but captivated the fanbase.

Obviously the end result was dramatically different, but still. And while I’d love to sit here and talk about Randolph’s bizarre rookie campaign, the premise of this project is to focus solely on what a player did in the years when Curry was on the team. Which means we’re only here to discuss his second and final season with the Dubs.

And during that year, Randolph flashed the star potential that many people — including yours truly — thought would lead to stardom. His per 36 minutes stats were 18.5 points, 10.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 2.5 blocks. And yet despite that, Don Nelson still didn’t trust Randolph, and seemed more angered at the young player’s creativity and unorthodox play than intrigued by his heaps of talent.

Ultimately Nellie won. Randolph played sparingly, was traded after the 2009-10 season in the deal that brought David Lee to the Dubs, and his play started to drop off as he hopped from team to team. He was out of the league after 2014, though he’s built a very strong EuroLeague career in the years since.

He was somewhat mediocre during his year alongside Curry, as he struggled with efficiency and often made poor defensive decisions. But he flashed enough glimpses that you were able to drift into a day dream of he and Curry spending a decade filling the NBA Top 10 highlight reel with alley-oops and weird pick and roll variations.

It didn’t work out. But it was fun.

Poll

What do you think of Anthony Randolph’s ranking?

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  • 29%
    He was better than #46
    (35 votes)
  • 35%
    #46 is about right
    (42 votes)
  • 34%
    He was worse than #46
    (41 votes)
118 votes total Vote Now