As it stands today, Steph Curry is one of the greatest and most accomplished point guards in NBA history, winning three NBA titles and two MVP awards.
There was a time though when he was trying to avoid being drafted by the Warriors altogether…
From Hawks GM and former Warriors Executive Travis Schlenk:
“We were getting ready to make the (pick) and Steph’s reps really wanted him to go to New York, who was right behind us at eight. And I remember getting a text from somebody in his agency saying, ‘Please don’t take Steph.’
“And I just texted back to him, I said ‘Sorry, that’s who we’re taking.’
It may be hard to imagine now, but it wasn’t too long ago that the Warriors were far from a premier NBA franchise and players would rather suit up for the dysfunctional Knicks.
I would say that it has worked out for Curry.
The more interesting story surrounding Curry and the 2009 NBA Draft was that the Warriors originally agreed in principle to draft him and send him to the Phoenix Suns in exchange for Amar’e Stoudemire.
Could you have imagined Curry playing alongside and learning from Steve Nash in Phoenix? I’ll allow you a few seconds to process that.