In hindsight, both Steph Curry and Jimmy Butler should have been drafted higher than where they were actually selected.
Five teams passed on Curry before the Warriors drafted him with the No. 7 overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft. The Minnesota Timberwolves did it twice.
Butler wasn't drafted until the final pick of the first round in 2011.
Those draft-night slights have fueled two of the most competitive players in the NBA, and Andre Iguodala now has had a chance to play with both stars.
While speaking to reporters from the Orlando bubble Friday, Iguodala was asked to compare the leadership styles of Curry and Butler (H/T Clutch Points).
Iguodala -- while describing leadership styles of Curry and Butler: "It's just two individuals who have maximized all their attributes ...being the best version of themselves. Both counted out. Both weren't projected to be superstars in this league, but look how far they've come"— Nick Friedell (@NickFriedell) July 18, 2020
While Curry has cemented his status as the unquestioned leader of the Warriors and might spend the rest of his career in the Bay Area, Butler has bounced around to several teams. But at each stop -- Chicago, Minnesota, Philadelphia and Miami -- he has been viewed as the alpha in the room.
Both Curry and Butler have beaten expectations, earning multiple NBA All-Star and All-NBA selections. Curry has been named NBA MVP twice and won three NBA titles.
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Butler never has made it to the conference finals, but Miami is starting to build something special. With the unpredictability of the Orlando bubble, and the added leadership of Iguodala, the Heat could find themselves competing for an NBA title over the next few months.
Any team with Curry or Butler always has a chance.
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