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Ranking all of Steph’s teammates: #56 — Dominic McGuire

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Now here’s a name we haven’t heard in a while.

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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.


#56 — Dominic McGuire

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Games: 64 (40th out of 106)
Points per game: 3.5 (82nd out of 106)
Rebounds per game: 3.8 (T-35th out of 106)
Assists per game: 1.7 (T-38th out of 106)

I’m guessing your first instinct is to say that Dominic McGuire is ranked way too high on this list. That’s entirely fair.

It’s a name you probably haven’t heard or thought of in many years. McGuire signed with the Warriors for the 2011-12 season, and after leaving the team in the offseason, he appeared in just 26 more NBA games. That’s a bit telling.

But he did some good stuff with the Warriors, primarily on the defensive end. The advanced stats graded him as a quality defender, something the Warriors were certainly in need of. The rate stats weren’t particularly notable — 1.4 steals and 1.1 blocks per 36 minutes — but he did a good job defending players one on one, both on the wing and in the post. He had good positioning and decent athleticism, and his instincts and timing were solid.

Ultimately McGuire struggled to stay in the league because of his lack of offensive game, but the Warriors represented the best offense he would play. He wasn’t efficient by any stretch of the imagination, but his field goal percentage (44.8%), free throw percentage (73.6%), and true-shooting percentage (48.6%) were all substantially above his career rates.

He wasn’t good offensively with the Warriors, but he was good enough to stay on the court and let his defense shine, and that was worth something.

Since his final NBA stint in 2012-13, McGuire has been playing overseas. He spent this season playing for a Nicaraguan team in the Basketball Champions League Americas.

Now, time for another Warriors highlight reel that’s hilariously short with hilarious graphics.

Oh yeah.

Poll

What do you think of Dominic McGuire’s ranking?

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  • 6%
    He was better than #56
    (4 votes)
  • 21%
    #56 is about right
    (14 votes)
  • 72%
    He was worse than #56
    (47 votes)
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