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.
#82 — Dan Gadzuric
Games: 28 (T-70th out of 106)
Points per game: 2.8 (T-89th out of 106)
Rebounds per game: 3.1 (T-48th out of 10th 06)
Assists per game: 0.4 (T-84th out of 106)
Dan Gadzuric’s NBA path is one that so many players before, and since, have had. He spent a long time — eight years, to be specific — with one franchise, the Milwaukee Bucks. He was never spectacular or special, never a guy who threatened to get any All-Star votes.
But he was a perfectly good role player.
Eventually the Bucks moved on, and he could no longer find his footing in the NBA. He bounced around three teams in two years — appearing in just 44 games — and suddenly his time in the NBA was over. It seems to happen to so many players.
Gadzuric’s stint with the Warriors included so many notable names. Prior to the 2010-11 season, the Bucks traded Gadzuric to Golden State. Also included in the trade, heading to the Bay? Charlie Bell, Mr. Amnesty himself. And who did the Bucks get in return? Corey Maggette, that glorious overpaid wing the Warriors had to get when they lost other good players.
The Warriors eventually traded Gadzuric — along with Brandon Wright (!!!) in February for . . . wait for it . . . Troy Murphy, who was later bought out.
That’s a lot of names that will resonate with Warriors fans, for one reason or another.
Gadzuric struggled during his short stint with the Warriors, shooting 42.0% from the field and 35.7% from the free throw line, good for just a 41.9% true-shooting percentage. He averaged 2.3 fouls per game, despite playing only 10.6 minutes.
He was no longer the player who had carved out a nice role on so many Bucks teams and, as a result, wasn’t able to shine even alongside Steph Curry.