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Ranking all of Steph’s teammates: #67 — Ky Bowman

He could move up this list if he stays on the team.

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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 over the course of a few 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.


#67 — Ky Bowman

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Games: 45 (T-55th out of 106)
Points per game: 7.4 (40th out of 106)
Rebounds per game: 2.7 (58th out of 106)
Assists per game: 2.9 (15th out of 106)

I have a feeling that people are not going to like this ranking. Ky Bowman is looked upon pretty favorably by Dub Nation following his rookie season, and for good reason.

But it’s possible for a player to exceed expectations and leave us optimistic about their future, while also not being very good relative to the average NBA player. And that covers Bowman pretty well.

Bowman showed a lot offensively in 2019-20, his first season in the league. But he was still quite limited in most areas. He shot just 30.8% from beyond the arc, which is certainly something he’ll need to improve on if he wants to last in the NBA as a guard. He also shot just 31.4% on shots in the 3-10 foot range. That also needs to improve, though it’s worth noting that he was very good at the rim.

Add that up and Bowman’s true-shooting percentage was 49.4%, a mark that, had he played enough minutes to qualify, would’ve ranked 192nd among the 196 players who did qualify (Jordan Poole, it’s worth noting, was 196).

In order to be a valuable point guard while being substantially below average in scoring efficiency, you need to be a dynamic passer and excellent defender. At this point, Bowman is neither of those things, though his defense is pretty decent.

I don’t say any of this to be overly harsh to Bowman. Like I said, you can impress as a rookie while still not being that good. Bowman started the year on a two-way contract, and ended it with a partially-guaranteed three-year deal. That’s a testament to what he proved when thrust into a much bigger role than the Warriors had planned for him.

If he stays on the team, he’ll get ample opportunity to develop into a much better player, at which point he could start flying up this list.

We’ll see what happens.

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What do you think of Ky Bowman’s ranking?

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  • 64%
    He was better than #67
    (76 votes)
  • 24%
    #67 is about right
    (29 votes)
  • 11%
    He was worse than #67
    (13 votes)
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