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Ranking all of Steph’s teammates: #44 — Brandan Wright

An intriguing prospect that never quite developed.

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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.


#44 — Brandan Wright

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Games: 21 (79th out of 106)
Points per game: 4.0 (T-75th out of 106)
Rebounds per game: 2.0 (T-70th out of 106)
Assists per game: 0.2 (T-97th out of 106)

Let’s me start by acknowledging something: this ranking is entirely too high. I should have had a bit more restraint when I made this list, but you can at least see my reasoning below for why I let Wright jump a few people.

And now let me add a disclaimer: as a reminder, this list is only for Wright’s time while on the Warriors with Steph Curry, so his first two years are not included in his assessment.

Wright missed all of Curry’s rookie season as he was dealing with a shoulder injury. He was healthy for the 2010-11 season, but things were weird. Keith Smart was in as coach, but didn’t seem to trust his young big man. Smart seemed more in favor of traditional players, and didn’t really want to take advantage of Wright’s unique skillset or wild athleticism. Wright only received sporadic minutes before being traded.

But when he did play, he flashed his offensive game. He didn’t score much because he didn’t play much, but he had a 60.0% true-shooting percentage, which led the team (with Curry as the only player even close to him). Had Smart been willing to put Wright and Curry in a series of pick and rolls, I see no reason to think why the two lottery picks wouldn’t have linked up time and time again for high-efficiency highlight plays, with Wright scoring in double figures on high efficiency.

As a result, some of the advanced metrics quite liked Wright’s play that season, and it wasn’t too shocking when he started to find good success a few years later on a different team. As with Anthony Randolph, I wish we had more of an opportunity to see what he could have done with Curry, but that’s how it goes sometimes.

Poll

What do you think of Brandan Wright’s ranking?

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  • 6%
    He was better than #44
    (4 votes)
  • 10%
    #44 is about right
    (6 votes)
  • 82%
    He was worse than #44
    (48 votes)
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