On June 25, 2009, the Golden State Warriors drafted Steph Curry. Ten years and 16 days later, the Oklahoma City Thunder traded Russell Westbrook to the Houston Rockets. With that move, Curry became the NBA leader in longest tenure with his current team. No player in the NBA has played for their team for as long as Curry have.
During that time, 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 time great partnerships with him.
And I’m ranking all 106, one a day, over the course of three months.
Players are ranked — and stats are shown — based only on their time as Curry’s teammates. 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.
To see all of the rankings thus far, you can click on the “Ranking Steph’s teammates” tag at the top of the article.
#104 — Chris Boucher
Games: 1 (T-105th out of 106)
Points per game: 0.0 (T-105th out of 106)
Rebounds per game: 1.0 (T-93rd out of 106)
Assists per game: 0.0 (T-102nd out of 106)
Yesterday’s selection — Keith Benson, the 105th best teammate in Steph Curry’s career — and today’s selection have the exact same averages in a Warriors jersey: 0.0 points, 1.0 rebounds, 0.0 assists, 0.0 steals, and 0.0 blocks per game.
Ranking which one gets #105 and which one rises to #104 is a matter of personal preference. Do you think Boucher was better, because he only had 1 minute and 19 seconds to try and pad stats, so his lack of numbers are more forgivable? Or do you think Benson was better, because he at least earned 9 minutes of playing time, albeit on a much worse Warriors team?
For me it’s the former, mixed with the fact that Boucher, on a two-way contract, was a member of the Warriors for the entire season 2017-18 season. Were they not a historically great team chasing an eventual ring, perhaps Boucher would have gotten more time to play.
The Warriors ended up cutting Boucher in the summer of 2018 to create a two-way spot for Marcus Derrickson, which isn’t a move that looks fantastic in hindsight. In 2018-19, his first year away from the Warriors, Boucher appeared in 22 games for the eventual champion Toronto Raptors, and was named the G League MVP.
Boucher saw his role increase in 2019-20. As of the suspension of the season, the 27-year old had appeared in 55 of the Raptors’ 64 games, and averaged 6.3 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 1.0 blocks per game, while having his fair share of memorable moments.
He still has a lot of holes in his game, and, given his age, he may never develop into a player that you can trust in the playoffs. But he’s fun to watch, and it’s hard not to wonder what he might look like if he had the chance to stay in a Warriors jersey, catching lobs from Curry and swatting shots.
Instead, his time as Curry’s teammate concludes with 78 inactives, 3 DNP-CDs, and 1 stint of just over a minute.
Such is life in the NBA.