Over the last decade, star point guard Stephen Curry has put together an illustrious career with the Golden State Warriors. Curry has firmly established himself as one of the top players in the league that will be headed towards a Hall of Fame induction one day. However, things could have been much different if he got his way in the 2009 NBA Draft as he revealed that he was wanted to get selected by another team.
Stephen Curry’s Warriors career
Since the Warriors decided to take Curry with the seventh overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, it wound up being one of the best moves that the franchise has made.
The first couple of years were rough due to nagging ankle injuries that needed multiple surgeries, but he has put forth an impressive career. Curry was the driving force for the franchise reaching five straight NBA Finals that includes three titles while he has a pair of MVP awards, six All-Star selections, three All-NBA First Team nods, two All-NBA Second Team selection, and an All-NBA Third Team nomination.
Curry’s performance on the court has seen him break numerous records along the way with much of that centered around the 3-point shot. The Warriors’ style of play also changed the entire dynamic around the league that has seen a greater emphasis on 3-point shooting.
Despite Curry’s recovery from a fractured wrist, he should have many highly productive campaigns ahead of him to further add to his legacy and potentially garner more NBA titles.
Stephen Curry wanted to be a Knick
In the weeks heading into the 2009 NBA Draft, Curry was viewed as one of the top prospects in his class with the expectation that he would get selected early.
He wound up selected with the seventh overall pick by the Warriors, but he revealed on the All The Smoke Podcast with Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson that was hoping to fall to the New York Knicks at the eighth spot.
“I wanted to go to New York and thought I was going to New York,” Curry told Stephen Jackson and Matt Barnes. “At the draft—in the green room—like, ‘Oh, get to the eight spot and New York can get me.’ And then I got the call from Larry Riley, like ‘We’re going to pick you in the seventh spot.'”
That’s another dagger in the Knicks’ hearts as the team has whiffed in the draft over the years, with one of the lone exceptions being Kristaps Porzingis. If Curry had gotten his way, things could have been quite different as he would have had a chance to change the course of the franchise.
It’s one of those could have been situations that the Minnesota Timberwolves kicked themselves for passing up on him twice with the fifth and sixth overall pick taking other point guards in Ricky Rubio and Jonny Flynn. New York’s fortunes and the league would have taken a different route entirely over the last decade if things unfolded in this manner.
Warriors’ bright future ahead
The Warriors are moving through a tough 2019-20 season, but that has come mainly due to the notable injuries to Curry and Klay Thompson. It has left a mostly unproven roster to make headway in a stacked Western Conference without much success.
Golden State is looking well beyond this campaign, which the next few years could see them back in the title contention picture with their core group healthy leading the charge. Curry is expected to make his return in March, which should give them a chance to see if the backcourt combination between him and D’Angelo Russell will work for the long haul.
The pieces are in place for the Warriors to be in the title hunt for the next several years, and Curry is a huge reason for that.