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Ranking all of Steph’s teammates: #71 — Acie Law IV

He had not one, but two stints with the Warriors.

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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.


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Games: 45 (T-55th out of 106)
Points per game: 5.2 (59th out of 106)
Rebounds per game: 1.2 (T-88th out of 106)
Assists per game: 1.7 (T-38th out of 106)

I’ll be brutally honest with you. I have more negative connotations with Acie Law IV than I should have, and it’s not his fault at all. I mostly have them because I remember a few times when Keith Smart played Law down the stretch while Steph Curry was on the bench. I remember a few times when Smart called up isolations for Law while Curry was left doing nothing.

With the benefit of hindsight, that may have only happened once or twice. But in my head, it’s what I always think of when I see Law’s name.

Law, a lefty point guard, had two stints with the Warriors. In the offseason leading up to the 2009-10 season — Curry’s rookie year — the Warriors traded Jamal Crawford to the Atlanta Hawks for Law and Speedy Claxton, which ... umm ... sure?

At the time, the trade kind of maybe made sense. They were trading a useful veteran that they didn’t need (since they were horrible) for a lottery pick entering just his third year. It doesn’t look so good a decade later, when you see that they traded a 20 points per game scorer who could have mentored Curry, and got basically nothing for it. But oh well.

Law played only five games that year before the Warriors shipped him (and the disgruntled Stephen Jackson) to the Charlotte Bobcats for Vladimir Radmanovic and Raja Bell.

But Law would return just a year later when the Warriors would sign him in December of the 2010-11 season. He got a bit of playing time during that stint — 15.8 points per game — but didn’t do much with it. He shot just 20.0% from beyond the arc, didn’t really create offense for his teammates, and wasn’t much to write home about on defense.

He was a passable player on a very bad Warriors team, and he was eventually a bit too exposed on offense. He rode out the season with the Dubs, and that was the end of his NBA career.

He then spent a few years playing overseas, and won two EuroLeague titles with Olympiacos. He last played in 2014.

Law always seemed like a good teammate, even if his career was short.

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What do you think of Acie Law IV’s ranking?

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  • 14%
    He was better than #71
    (7 votes)
  • 26%
    #71 is just right
    (13 votes)
  • 59%
    He was worse than #71
    (29 votes)
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