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 moved to second in the NBA for longest tenure with his current team. The only player he sits behind is Udonis Haslem, though that feels like a technicality. At this point, Haslem is essentially an assistant coach for the Miami Heat, having appeared in just 43 games and played fewer than 300 minutes over the last four seasons combined.
During his time in the Bay Area, 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, one a day, over the course of three months.
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.
To see all of the rankings thus far, you can click on the “Ranking Steph’s teammates” tag at the top of the article.
#87 — Jeff Adrien
Games: 23 (77th out of 106)
Points per game: 2.5 (91st out of 106)
Rebounds per game: 2.5 (T-62nd out of 106)
Assists per game: 0.4 (T-84th out of 106)
A lot of the players so far on this list ended their NBA careers in Golden State. They tried one last attempt at making things happen with the Warriors, and when it didn’t work out, that was the end of their time in the league.
Jeff Adrien is the opposite. Adrien made his NBA debut with the 2010-11 Warriors team, which you may recall was not a good basketball team at all.
That was the start of his NBA journey — a journey that ultimately saw him play 153 games for four teams in five years.
He eventually turned into a short-lived, decent role player, including a 28-game stint with the Milwaukee Bucks in 2013-14 in which he averaged 10.9 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. Way to go, Jeff.
But he wasn’t that player with the Warriors, as his low per-game averages were compounded by a high foul rate and a low shooting percentage. Not ideal stuff, but not disastrous, either. And certainly not memorable.
Truthfully, Adrien is one of the most boring players on this list, because he wasn’t good enough to stick — even on a bad team — but he wasn’t bad, per se. There’s nothing to point to, nothing that sticks out as weird to see on an NBA team. Nothing to make you giggle or scratch your head.
He was just a fringe NBA player on a fringe NBA team. So it goes.
Like many on this list, he’s since found success overseas, where he was a three-time All-Star in the Israeli League. He currently plays in the Saudi Premier League.