Stephen Curry almost went to Phoenix on draft day, then walked into a s**t storm on Day 1 of Warriors’ training camp

If you’re going to start with Stephen Curry in our book that will never be written (don’t worry, we’ll have some older Warriors’ stuff down the line), you’ve got to start with the 2009 NBA draft. In addition, you must go back and look at the Warriors’ draft history — previous picks like Joe Smith, Antawn Jamison (I know, actually acquired in a draft-day trade), Anthony Randolph, Mike Dunleavy, Adonal Foyle, etc.

You’d also have to include that the Warriors were considering trading Curry to Phoenix for Amare Stoudemire on draft night. Or that David Kahn, the Minnesota GM at the time, gifted Curry to the Warriors by selecting Ricky Rubio and Johnny Flynn ahead of him.

You’d also have to take a look back at the NBA draft lottery, and document how the Warriors were almost always a part of it. The Warriors didn’t used to go to the playoffs so those ping-pong balls held a lot of allure for the fans and franchise.


–Day 1 of training camp was a beauty for Curry … It was media day 2009, Curry’s first day of work, if you will, and here’s what happened: His teammate and backcourt mate Monta Ellis said he couldn’t play alongside Curry, and Stephen Jackson reiterated that he wanted to be traded. That’s why you’ll see in the notes “walks into shitstorm.” Welcome to the Warriors, Steph!

Despite the rocky start, Curry found a way to have a solid rookie year. Some thought it might have been the best rookie year for a Warrior since Rick Barry. Ellis and Curry found a way to exist, although it was Curry who made all the adjustments. The Warriors finished 26-56 that year — and quietly were two years on from “We Believe.”



About Steinmetz

Matt Steinmetz is a veteran San Francisco Bay Area sports journalist. He covered the Golden State Warriors for the Bay Area News Group for more than a decade before becoming a television analyst with Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. Steinmetz can be heard on "Steiny & Guru" on 95.7-FM The Game in San Francisco, from 12-3.
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