Steph Curry and D'Angelo Russell worked out together a couple of times over the summer. But skill development sessions aren't the same as playing 5-on-5 within the construct of an actual NBA team.
On Tuesday, they finally took the floor as teammates at the Warriors' first training camp practice. And they were back at it on Wednesday.
"It's fun. You can see the potential of how we work off each other," Curry told reporters after concluding his individual work. "It's no secret -- I like to play with the ball and off the ball. I know he can do the same."
Last guy on the court today is none other than Steph Curry, who is shooting about 45 minutes into the media period. pic.twitter.com/faYKuxzhEd— Logan Murdock (@loganmmurdock) October 2, 2019
"Our formula -- whoever gets the rebound, whoever is closest to the ball, get it and go. And the other guy just run. That's gonna be fun to watch, having a playmaker like that that can put the ball on the floor and create for others."
"He's obviously a knockdown shooter, too."
Stephen Curry on his backcourt partnership with D’Angelo Russell. Steph said the two shouldn’t have problem gaining chemistry. pic.twitter.com/hGTE3U8mcn— Logan Murdock (@loganmmurdock) October 2, 2019
Russell averaged 21.1 points and 7.0 assists per game last season, while shooting just under 37 percent from beyond the arc.
Curry averaged 27.3 points and 5.2 assists last year, making 43.7 percent of his shots from 3-point range.
With Klay Thompson sidelined because of his ACL injury, Curry and Russell will have plenty of opportunities to build a strong rapport.
"I think the chemistry will be developed very, very quickly in terms of how we work off each other and what we can accomplish together as a backcourt," Curry said.
Although the All-Star guards will share the court for about 20-25 minutes per night, there will be several times throughout each game when one is on the bench and the other is anchoring the offense.
"We're gonna for sure stagger Steph and D'Angelo so one of them is always on the floor generating offense," coach Steve Kerr told Howard Beck of Bleacher Report two weeks ago.
Whether they are playing alongside each other or watching the other hold down the fort, the talented duo will be in constant communication.
"For us to be successful, there's nothing that's gonna be understood. It's just gonna have to be talked about and worked on at practice," Curry explained. "You have to paint the picture and execute on the floor."