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.
#84 — Jeremy Tyler
Games: 62 (41st out of 106)
Points per game: 3.7 (T-79th out of 106)
Rebounds per game: 2.5 (T-62nd out of 106)
Assists per game: 0.3 (T-94th out of 106)
If you want to know what Jeremy Tyler’s tenure was like with Steph Curry and the Warriors, then I’ve got the perfect thing for you.
After Tyler’s rookie year in 2011-12 — he was the 39th pick in the 2011 NBA Draft — the Warriors released a highlight package for him on their YouTube channel.
It was 42 seconds long. The actual basketball highlights don’t begin until 10 seconds into the video. About half of the video is graphics rather than basketball. Half of a video that’s already only 42 seconds long.
2012 hype videos are certainly a thing. Or, as the kids on Twitter would say, prime Jeremy Tyler was a PROBLEM.
Anyway, Tyler, a 6-foot-10 center, never developed into a reliable lob threat for Curry, or even a competent rim-protecting, rebounding big man. In 62 games — including 23 starts! — across two years, Tyler’s true shooting percentage was just 43.9%. For perspective, that meant Tyler — who, again, is 6-foot-10 — was notably less efficient scoring the basketball than Jordan Poole has been in his Warriors tenure.
But he didn’t do other things well either. He averaged 1.5 fouls to accompany his 2.5 rebounds, and had 0.7 turnovers against 0.4 blocks. He looked lost on both ends of the court.
I say this a lot, but we shouldn’t let Draymond Green spoil us. Most second-round players don’t pan out. Hell, most first-round players don’t pan out.
Tyler never being good in the NBA isn’t an indictment of him at all. It just happens. The odds were always stacked against him.
Still, while I don’t want to be overly harsh on him, or make fun of him, I can’t help but share this picture I found while writing this article: