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.
#92 — Chris Wright
Games: 24 (T-74th out of 106)
Points per game: 2.9 (T-86th out of 106)
Rebounds per game: 1.9 (T-75th out of 106)
Assists per game: 0.2 (T-97th out of 106)
Even with the players at the back of this 106-person list, it’s often easy to find something notable to say. Yesterday’s submission, for example, was Mr. Amnesty himself, Charlie Bell. The day before it was Steve Kerr’s most trusted confidante, Anderson Varejão. The day before that it was recent draftee and recent tradee Jacob Evans III.
It was easy to find things to say about those players.
It is not easy to find things to say about Chris Wright, a player who came nondescriptly, left nondescriptly, and has existed in the basketball world nondescriptly ever since.
I don’t really have anything to say about him. Do you remember his tenure? If you do, that’s impressive. But even if you do, I bet you don’t remember anything specific about it. Am I right?
Perhaps the most notable thing about Wright is that he was one of two Chris Wrights to go undrafted in 2011 and have a brief NBA career. But other than that? Uhhh . . .
After going undrafted, Wright was the third overall selection in the D-League draft. The Warriors eventually signed him, and he spent 24 games with the team during the 2011-12 season. He most mostly ineffective, scoring in double figures just once. That game was the final game of the lockout-shortened season, and the Warriors were already eliminated from playoff contention, so they rested many players. Wright started — for the first and only time in his NBA career — and played more than 46 minutes. He logged 25 points and 8 rebounds, while shooting 11-14 from the field.
That was the high point in his short career. He didn’t return to the Warriors — or even the NBA — in 2012-13, and only briefly appeared in 2013-14, playing eight games for the Milwaukee Bucks.
His tenure was short and not memorable, but he’s had a long career in the G League.
Steph Curry’s 92nd-best teammate, everyone.