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.
#97 — Brianté Weber
Games: 7 (T-93rd out of 106)
Points per game: 1.7 (T-97th out of 106)
Rebounds per game: 0.6 (T-102nd out of 106)
Assists per game: 0.7 (T-71st out of 106)
I remember thinking that Brianté Weber might be really good when the Warriors signed him to a 10-day contract. I’m not exactly sure why I thought he would be. He was an undersized, undrafted guard who had averaged 4.4 points and 3.0 assists (in more than 24 minutes) per game as a rookie, on horrible efficiency. Perhaps it was the strong D-League performance, which earned him an All-Star berth that year.
Or perhaps I was just appealing to the Warriors authority. This was the 2016-17 championship season, when we were all riding the high of thinking the team had stolen Patrick McCaw in the second round, and a few of us (guilty, guilty, guilty) just assumed Bob Myers was the first GM in NBA history to make only home run moves.
Whether or not there was any logic behind my reasoning doesn’t really matter anymore. Weber never amounted to anything on the Warriors, lasting just seven games — and a pair of 10-day contracts — before Golden State decided they had seen enough. It wasn’t gonna happen.
Yet despite posting limited stats in his limited run as a member of the Dubs, Weber did break out a few highlight plays, which was mandatory for that team.
Oh yeah. It’s coming back to me now. Suddenly I can remember why I thought Weber would be a quality player on the Warriors. It all makes sense again. There’s a whole lot of flair and charisma in that game, even if it doesn’t really translate to on-court success. You have fun watching him. You want to believe. Plus, he just looks good in blue and yellow.
Weber kept bouncing around after the Warriors let him go, and in all played 45 games for five teams over three years. He’s now playing in Europe, though he’s just 27-years old, so we might see him back in the NBA one day.
Watching those highlights, I’m ready for the Warriors to bring him back into the fold, if for no other reason than so he can rise to higher than 97th on the all-time list of Steph Curry’s teammates.