In the 2009 NBA Draft, the Golden State Warriors selected point guard Stephen Curry of Davidson College with the number seven overall pick, according to ESPN. We can only wish that Warriors’ management knows how lucky they got and they decide to keep Curry on a long-term basis.
The Golden State Warriors needed a true shooting guard. It was pretty obvious that Monta Ellis was going to be the point guard for the Warriors so the only missing link was a shooting guard. Luckily for the Warriors, the top-scoring player in college last year was miraculously still available when the seventh pick came along, and picking Stephen Curry was easy as pie and a match made in heaven.
Keep or Trade
USAToday.com reports that Curry will be formally introduced as a Warrior on Friday, June 26. Of course, there is no guarantee that Curry will ever see playing time as a Warrior, especially if Golden State thinks it can trade him for an even better player, maybe an experienced, top-caliber, all-around talent.
Golden State has a lengthy history of getting a great player and then letting him run off to a better team. Players like Chris Webber, Tim Hardaway, Jason Richardson and Baron Davis come to mind. They were with the Warriors for a time, the Warriors didn’t improve fast enough or the Warriors’ coaches were not good enough, and sure enough those talented players left for greener pastures.
One rumor is that Golden State will ship Curry and Andris Biedrins to the Phoenix Suns in a trade for Amare Stoudamire and some other role players, but this may be only speculation by The Arizona Republic.
The Warriors picked a solid shooter in Stephen Curry who led the NCAA in scoring in the 2008-2009 season. There is no doubt he will easily make the transition to the NBA and be successful like his father Dell Curry.
The only question is if the Warriors are smart enough to keep Stephen Curry, development him, and train him as part of a core group of players. Maybe they are, maybe not.
Does anyone remember that Michael Jordan was not the #1 pick in the draft when he was selected? Golden State, try and remember what kind of talent you may have on your hands with Stephen Curry and don’t get hasty and trade him away like he’s a dollar bill burning a hole in your pocket.
“Curry to enter draft,” ESPN.com, April 23, 2009.
“Griffin top pick in NBA draft,” ESPN.com, June 25, 2009.
“Warriors select Curry with seventh pick.,” Janie Mccauley, USAToday.com, June 25, 2009.
“Curry pick part of likely Amare deal,” Paul Coro, The Arizona Republic, June 25, 2009.