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.
#103 — Earl Barron
Games: 2 (104th out of 106)
Points per game: 2.0 (95th out of 106)
Rebounds per game: 0.5 (105th out of 106)
Assists per game: 0.0 (T-102nd out of 106)
Earl Barron’s Warriors tenure was so short — 2 games, 8 minutes, and 43 seconds during the 2011-12 NBA season — that I used 100% of the articles that Getty Images has of him in a Warriors jersey in this article.
Barron is the epitome of a basketball journeyman, and the Warriors represented one of his many, many stops. He played for seven different NBA teams during an 11-year span, though he appeared in just 140 games during that time. He also played for five different teams in the D-League, and a handful of international squads.
He was always looking for a spot in the league, so much so that I found this picture of him:
That’s Barron on the left — six years after leaving college, and four years after making his NBA debut — guarding Steph Curry in a 2009 Summer League game, trying to find his spot on an NBA roster.
Even though Barron only appeared in a pair of games for the Dubs, he was on the roster for more than three weeks, accumulating nine DNP-CDs in the process. So he spent plenty of time in the locker room with Curry, and perhaps even allowed some championship pedigree to rub off on Steph, as Barron had won a ring during his rookie year with the Miami Heat.
He also managed to commit five fouls in his eight-plus minutes, which is pretty impressive. I’m not sure if “impressive” is the right word choice, but ...
Ultimately, there probably aren’t many Warriors fans who remember Barron’s time on the roster, where he established himself as the 103rd-best NBA teammate Curry ever had.
And for doing that, he can proudly hang a Golden State Warriors hat on his wall, right next to his Miami Heat hat, his Phoenix Suns hat, his Washington Wizards hat, his New York Knicks hat, his Milwaukee Bucks hat, his Portland Trail Blazers hat, his Huntsville Flight hat, his Florida Flame hat, his Los Angeles D-Fenders hat, his Iowa Energy hat, his Bakersfield Jam hat, his Tuborg Pilsener hat, his Red Bull Barako hat, his GMAC Bologna hat, his Meralco Bolts hat, his Atleticos de San Germán hat, his Fubon Braves hat, and his Toyama Grouses hat.
That’s quite a full wall of hats.
He’s currently an assistant coach for the Northern Arizona Suns, the Phoenix Suns’ G League affiliate.