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.
#62 — Jordan Crawford
Games: 42 (T-60th out of 106)
Points per game: 8.4 (32nd out of 106)
Rebounds per game: 1.5 (T-83rd out of 106)
Assists per game: 1.4 (T-46th out of 106)
Let me start by saying that I don’t envy any hooper who is given the name “Jordan.” Those are some serious shoes to try and fill. You’re not done any favors in that regard.
Crawford was a high-scoring late first-round pick when the Warriors traded for him during the 2013-14 season, sending Toney Douglas to the Miami Heat while receiving Crawford and MarShon Brooks from the Boston Celtics. Crawford had averaged 13.7 points per game on the season with Boston, giving him a double-digit average in each of his first four NBA seasons.
But things didn’t quite work out in Golden State. With Steph Curry settled in as the point guard, Crawford was forced to play a bit more off ball. His minutes fell from 30.7 in Boston to 15.7 in Golden State, but his assists plummeted at a much greater margin, from 5.7 to 1.4.
Playing off ball took Crawford’s greatest strength away, and highlighted the fact that he wasn’t a very good shooter. He made just 31.3% of his attempts from deep with the Dubs, and sported a 50.3% true-shooting percentage. He began to struggle offensively, which was the only reason he was in the league in the first place. The defense wasn’t good, but that was to be expected. But he wasn’t supposed to struggle scoring, or have 50 turnovers to just 57 assists.
He did, however, go off in the final game of the regular season:
After the year ended, Crawford spent a few years overseas before briefly dipping his toes back in the NBA water. He spent this season playing in Russia.
What do you think of Jordan Crawford’s ranking?
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He was better than #62
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