The Golden State Warriors selected Stephen Curry with the seventh pick in the 2009 NBA Draft. Immediately after the selection, there were whispers that the Warriors were packaging Curry for Phoenix’s Amare Stoudemire.
Suddenly, the public began to realize that Monta Ellis and Stephen Jackson are both ball-dominant scorers. Then they thought “hey, Curry played like that during his final season at Davidson. Wait a second…”
Should the Warriors keep Steph Curry?
Don Nelson believes so. A few days ago, Nellie said “[Curry] can buy a house. We drafted him because we think he’s a terrific player that fits right into our program. He ain’t going anyplace.”
Although the team’s immediate glaring need is a big man, their Gheorghe Muresan wasn’t coming through the draft.
There weren’t any Nellie-ball big men at the Warriors’ spot so it made sense to take the best available player. Still, adding another undersized guard who naturally plays at the two is unconventional. Truly, it was a pick influenced by the unconventional Nelson. Sometimes, I wonder if Nellie pulls a “Sarah Palin” and goes all “mavericky” just so he can beat his chest.
Marco Belinelli, Speedy Claxton, Ellis, Jackson, Acie Law, Anthony Morrow and CJ Watson all crowd the backcourt. If Curry’s to be on the court for more than brief stretches, they’ll likely run him with Ellis, Jackson at the 3 and they can experiment with Maggette moonlighting at the 4. The Duke alum has enough strength to do that. We all know he’s got more brawn than Anthony Randolph at this point.
All-in-all, it’s the move they should have made but it doesn’t really address their problems.
I checked out the Warriors’ main page which features a Stephen Curry selection video. It looks like he’s here to stay after all. Guess who’s buying a Steph Curry jersey?