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.
#73 — Mikki Moore
Games: 30 (T-67th out of 106)
Points per game: 4.6 (T-64th out of 106)
Rebounds per game: 3.0 (54th out of 106)
Assists per game: 1.4 (T-46th out of 106)
Mikki Moore was three things with the Warriors:
- A dependable player who didn’t mess things up.
- Not very good.
- Extremely likable.
Those three things can all be true at once, even if it doesn’t initially seem like it.
He played the final two years of his long, journeyman career with the Dubs, but only appeared in 30 games. The Warriors were one of nine teams that Moore played for, and one of eight teams that he played for for only one or two seasons.
The Warriors signed him to a one-year deal in 2009-10, Curry’s rookie season. He played 23 games that year (and started 20), but was waived after suffering a season-ending injury. He tried to catch on elsewhere in 2010-11, but to no avail, and finally re-signed with Golden State towards the end of 2011-12. He played seven more games, and that was the end of his career.
His stats were fine, but his game was as limited as his minutes were. He simply didn’t have much to offer. He was an energy guy with a veteran presence, and those were highly valuable things on a young, inexperienced, bad team.
So Moore was valuable, even if he wasn’t particularly good. There’s a lot to be said for that.
He also was on the receiving end of one helluva poster.
What do you think of Mikki Moore’s ranking?
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He was better than #73
#73 is about right
He was worse than #73