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Ranking all of Steph’s teammates: #41 — Omari Spellman

A lot of potential shown in his short stint.

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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.

#41 — Omari Spellman

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Games: 49 (T-50th out of 106)
Points per game: 7.6 (38th out of 106)
Rebounds per game: 4.5 (T-26th out of 106)
Assists per game: 1.0 (T-58th out of 106)

I was in Las Vegas at Summer League when the Warriors traded Damian Jones for Omari Spellman. He showed up at the Thomas and Mack Center to meet coaches, practice with the team, and talk with media. I was surprised at how polite and sincere he was — he spoke candidly about parts of being a professional basketball player that he needed to get better at, and shook every media member’s hand when the scrum ended.

Those things aren’t suppose to influence how we view players, but it showed me that he was ready to do what the Warriors asked of him, and buy in. And when the games started, he proved that.

I’m not going to say he was particularly good — the advanced metrics did not like his season — but he showed flashes. He shot 39.1% from beyond the arc, which was second-highest of anyone on the team who played more than three games. He had nearly as many assists as turnovers, which is rather remarkable for a power forward/center.

He also showed a lot of defensive promise even though it would definitely be a stretch to say that he was good on that end of the court.

Ultimately he was an intriguing option, and it was understandable if you thought he’d develop into a good player for the Warriors. But he was traded as part of the outgoing package for Andrew Wiggins, and for as much promise as he showed, there’s a reason the Timberwolves assigned him to their G-League team and never called him up.

But he’s still just 23, and might have a good career of him. For the time being, at least, it won’t be with the Warriors.


What do you think of Omari Spellman’s ranking?

This poll is closed

  • 28%
    He was better than #41
    (43 votes)
  • 37%
    #41 is about right
    (58 votes)
  • 33%
    He was worse than #41
    (52 votes)
153 votes total Vote Now

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