Stephen Curry did not burst onto the NBA scene as a sure-fire future MVP. Curry put nice numbers as a rookie -- 17.5 points and 5.9 assists per game -- followed by 18.6 and 5.8 as a sophomore, but his overall game was far from what it is today.
Curry didn't even always play in the biggest parts of the game early in his career with the Warriors.
Speaking to Anthony Slater of The Athletic about minutes played and how Steve Kerr uses his rotations, Curry recalled the old days of taking a seat when it mattered most.
“I didn't even play in the fourth quarter in Year 2,” Curry said. “Shoutout to coach (Keith) Smart. Acie Law played over me in crucial minutes.”
The Warriors went 36-46 under Smart in that 2010-11 season. He was fired after the season, his only as the Warriors' head coach.
Law averaged 5.1 points and 1.8 assists while playing 15.8 minutes per game. That season was the last Law ever played in the NBA.
With Curry on the floor in 2010-11, the Warriors had a 110.1 offensive rating compared to 105 without him.
Beyond the photoshops of frenzied Los Angeles Lakers fans, we now what LeBron James will look like when he suits up against the Warriors and the rest of the West in his new threads.
Well, what he'll virtunally look like, at least.
Ahead of the release of NBA 2K19, the video game basketball behemoth tweeted a first look at James in the Lakers' white jersey.
The King also voiced his approval on Instagram.
James will be featured on the cover of the "20th Anniversary Edition" of NBA 2K19 this fall. This all just leaves one question.
The newest member of the Golden State Warriors is known for his shooting stroke.
Jonas Jerebko is a career 36.3 percent 3-point shooter, and the 31-year-old shot 41.4 percent from beyond the arc with the Utah Jazz last season. That ability earned him a very flattering nickname from his former bosses: Boston Celtics president Danny Ainge and owner Steve Pagliuca.
Ainge acquired the Swedish sharpshooter from the Detroit Pistons in February 2015. When he was asked if Boston would re-sign the Swedish sharpshooter at his end-of-season press conference that year, Ainge compared him to a longtime teammate.
"The Swedish Larry Bird, you mean?" Ainge jokingly replied, according to ESPN's Chris Forsberg.
Ainge and Bird played together for parts of eight seasons, winning NBA championships together in 1984 and 1986. Bird, of course, is a Basketball Hall of Famer who led the NBA in made 3-pointers in the 1985-86 and 1986-87 seasons, and finished in the top 10 in four other seasons. Bird finished his career as a 37.6 percent shooter from deep.
Jerebko played with the Celtics for parts of three seasons, and he took the tongue-in-cheek comparisons to a Boston legend in stride.
“I laugh about it,” Jerebko told the Providence Journal in February 2016, “like everybody else. I don’t dislike, I don’t like it. People can say whatever they want. It’s not like I’m going to go home and tell them I’m the Swedish Larry Bird. If people think it’s funny and they like to say it, go ahead, but it’s not like I’m going to call myself that or use that nickname in any manner.”
On a team that features Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, Jerebko probably won't draw comparisons to any Warriors legends. Plus, DeMarcus Cousins already has the title of third Splash Brother locked up.