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Ranking all of Steph’s teammates: #69 — Raja Bell

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How do you rank a player who was sensational, but only played one game?

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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.


#69 — Raja Bell

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Games: 1 (T-105th out of 106)
Points per game: 11.0 (T-21st out of 106)
Rebounds per game: 2.0 (T-70th out of 106)
Assists per game: 3.0 (14th out of 106)

I’m not sure there was a player on this list who I found harder to rank than Raja Bell. I went back and forth and back and forth, at times thinking he should be way higher than this, and at times thinking he should be a good bit lower.

On the one hand, Bell was very good when on the court with the Warriors. On the other hand, availability is the best ability, and Bell only played one game.

Here’s what he did in that one game, a November contest in the 2009-10 season, Steph Curry’s rookie year: 23 minutes, 11 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, 0 turnovers, 4-6 shooting, 3-3 three-point shooting. Add that to some defense that was just two seasons removed from being awarded All-Defense, and it was a pretty stellar run while wearing a Dubs jersey.

It’s just hard to put too much weight into a 23-minute run. Bell sat out a few weeks nursing a wrist injury, and then underwent surgery in December. He was waived in March to make room on the roster for Reggie Williams. And that was the entirety of his Warriors career.

If you’ve got a better idea of how to rank that, then I’m all ears.

I toyed with ranking him really high — if you average 11 points and 3 assists per game while shooting 100% from deep then you should be regarded highly, and I didn’t want to punish him for the regression that we never got to see. But then again, when an injury is what keeps you from falling back to pedestrian stats, there’s only so high on the list you can go.

So Bell comes in at 69, a nice number for a player we likely all remember for his time with the Phoenix Suns, not the Warriors.

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What do you think of Raja Bell’s ranking?

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  • 17%
    He was better than #69
    (10 votes)
  • 35%
    #69 is about right
    (20 votes)
  • 46%
    He was worse than #69
    (26 votes)
56 votes total Vote Now