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.
#60 — Ish Smith
Games: 6 (96th out of 106)
Points per game: 4.5 (T-66th out of 106)
Rebounds per game: 1.5 (T-83rd out of 106)
Assists per game: 1.5 (T-42nd out of 106)
Did you forget that Ish Smith played for the Warriors? It’s okay if you forgot that Ish Smith played for the Warriors. Most people do.
Smith is in his tenth NBA season, but his stint for the Warriors was way back in 2011-12, his second year in the league. He’s played for 11 teams, and the Warriors were his third. He’s suited up for more than 600 games, with just six of them being for Golden State.
If you’re an NBA fan, then you’re probably pretty familiar with Smith. But you’re forgiven if you forgot he spent 63 minutes with the Dubs nearly a decade ago.
Smith had two very nice games with the Warriors. He started one game when Steph Curry was out, and finished with 11 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals. In the next game he had 9 points, 3 rebounds, 6 assists, and 2 steals.
That was the middle of his Warriors sandwich. The bread on one side — his first two games with the team — was uninspiring. The bread on the other side — his last two games — resulted in just 43 seconds of playing time.
And then he was waived. He’s gone on to make a nice career for himself, because he’s a fairly decent player. That was on display in the Bay Area in small patches, such as with his spirited defense, or the fact that he recorded 9 assists in his Warriors tenure while having just 1 turnover.
What do you think of Ish Smith’s ranking?
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He was better than #60
#60 is about right
He was worse than #60