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Ranking all of Steph’s teammates: #57 — Vladimir Radmanović

Radmanović was with the Warriors for Curry’s first two seasons, and had some memorable moments.

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During his time with the Golden State Warriors, Steph 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.


#57 — Vladimir Radmanović

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Games: 107 (T-24th out of 106)
Points per game: 5.5 (T-53rd out of 106)
Rebounds per game: 3.4 (T-44th out of 106)
Assists per game: 1.1 (T-53rd out of 106)

I was thrilled when the Warriors traded for Vladimir Radmanović. Maybe it was my familial predisposition to players from Serbia or Croatia. Maybe it was my love of three-point shooters. Maybe it was that he reminded me of the recently defunct Seattle SuperSonics.

Either way, I was excited when the Warriors traded Stephen Jackson and Acie Law to the Charlotte Bobcats in exchange for Radmanović and Raja Bell during the 2009-10 season, Steph Curry’s first in the league.

Things didn’t get off to a good start. In the 33 games he spent in a Warriors jersey that year, Radmanović shot just 38.5% from the field, and 26.7% from beyond the arc. He averaged as many turnovers as assists, and had fewer than two rebounds for every foul committed. His offense was flat out bad, and the defense wasn’t notable.

On a laughably bad Warriors team, Radmanović was part of the problem, not the solution.

But in his second and final year with the Dubs, he started to become part of the solution. His shot began to fall, and he made 40.5% of his threes. That deep threat provided more space for Curry to grow his game, and added vital spacing to a Warriors team that was in its dynastic infancy, just starting to show the tiniest signs of what would be a few years later.

His defense improved, and he looked like a quality role player who could provide solid minutes to a good team.

He never got that chance — at least not with the Warriors. They didn’t re-sign him after the 2010-11 season, and he spent two more years in the NBA before calling it a season after a 12-year career.

But I’ll always remember this play:

Poll

What do you think of Vladimir Radmanović’s ranking?

This poll is closed

  • 24%
    He was better than #57
    (13 votes)
  • 53%
    #57 is about right
    (29 votes)
  • 22%
    He was worse than #57
    (12 votes)
54 votes total Vote Now