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.
#63 — Juan Toscano-Anderson
Games: 13 (85th out of 106)
Points per game: 5.3 (T-57th out of 106)
Rebounds per game: 4.0 (T-29th out of 106)
Assists per game: 2.0 (T-29th out of 106)
Let’s make one thing clear right off the bat: If this were a ranking of how much we like Steph Curry’s teammates, or how easy they are to root for, Juan Toscano-Anderson would be way higher on the list.
He was born and raised in Oakland. He kept fighting for his NBA dream, playing in the G-League and internationally before finally making his NBA debut just two months before his 27th birthday. He organized a Bay Area protest in June that drew thousands of people, including Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevon Looney, and Damion Lee.
He’s good people. Very good people.
He’s also talented, which is why the Warriors signed him to a contract for the rest of the season, although sadly he didn’t get to play many games before the coronavirus ended Golden State’s campaign.
In the games he did play in, he showed that he’s an intelligent player, has a lot of athletic tools, and competes hard. He also showed a ton of rawness, which is to be expected from a player in their first 13 career games, especially when thrust into a rather sizable role (Toscano-Anderson averaged 20.9 minutes per game).
His efficiency wasn’t particularly noteworthy, and he often seemed a little unsure what to do on offense (though, again, this things are expected in your first game, in a large role, on a bad team). The Warriors offense — already quite bad — was not helped when he was on the floor. It was hurt quite a bit. All the advanced metrics grade him out as a very bad offensive player, though it’s worth noting that they agree that he brought value on the defensive end.
It will be interesting to see if he gets a chance to keep his spot on next year’s team, or if he’ll have to try to catch on elsewhere. Whether it’s with the Warriors, another NBA team, or a team in a different league, it’s safe to say that Warriors fans will be pulling for him.
What do you think of Juan Toscano-Anderson’s ranking?
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He was better than #63
#63 is about right
He was worse than #63