Obviously, Steph Curry is one of the best players in the NBA right now. We knew he was a hell of a shooter coming out of Davidson, but might not have expected he would be the greatest 3-point shooter of all time. Curry is not just a shooter though. He is an excellent playmaker, excellent passer, and one of the toughest guys to guard. In a re-draft, Curry would absolutely go number 1, but we can’t change where he was drafted. Curry was drafted 7th overall by the Warriors in 2009, right between the Timberwolves and the Knicks. Which of those franchises should be angrier about not drafting Curry?
Minnesota sat in one of the best spots in the draft as they held the 5th and 6th overall picks. The Timberwolves spent both picks on point guards, just not the right ones. With the 5th overall pick, they selected DKV Joventut point guard, Ricky Rubio. Rubio did not end up making his debut a couple years later and is now on his third team in his career. With the 6th overall pick, the Timberwolves selected Syracuse point guard, Jonny Flynn. Flynn was one of the most explosive players in the draft after having an excellent two year career for the Orange. Flynn was definitely worthy of his draft slot (at the time of course). The Wolves expected Flynn to be a cornerstone at the PG position, but failed to live up to the hype. He had hip surgery after his rookie season, and he certainly lost a step after his surgery. In retrospect, the Wolves made the wrong decision, but obviously, you cannot expect someone to become an all-time great like the way Curry did.
New York Knicks
In typical Knicks fashion, they were targeting Curry heavily with the 8th overall pick. Curry himself even expected/wanted to be a Knick on draft night. Unfortunately for the Currys and Knicks fans, the Warriors used the 7th overall pick on the Davidson product. The Knicks then used the 8th overall pick on Arizona PF, Jordan Hill. If they used the selection to draft DeMar Derozan (9th overall) or even Brandon Jennings or Jrue Holiday it would not be as bad. It feels like typical Knicks to be one pick away from an all-time great player. Although not as bad, the Knicks picked Renaldo Balkman in the 2006 draft, one pick ahead of Rajon Rondo. The Knicks have had terrible draft luck over the past 30 years and Steph Curry might be the nail in the coffin.
With trying to be as unbiased as possible (I am a Knicks fan), I think the Knicks should be angrier about missing on Curry. Rubio and Flynn were certainly worthy of their draft slots at the time. Flynn’s career was derailed by injury and Rubio simply was not the franchise PG they expected him to be. The Knicks were going to select Curry if the Warriors passed on him, and Curry even wanted to be a Knick. Obviously, this is all in retrospect, but hindsight is 20-20 right? It could be the Knicks in the middle of a dynasty instead of the Warriors, but of course that is just too much to ask.
-Pete Chatterton (@Pchat12)
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