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Warriors star Steph Curry's best assist came with him out vs. Thunder

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Warriors star Steph Curry's best assist came with him out vs. Thunder

Stephen Curry averages 6.1 assists per game, but his biggest assist Wednesday didn't even show up on the scoresheet. 

That's because the Warriors guard missed his seventh straight game in Wednesday's loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Yet, he still dished the rock ... albeit to a pair of fans.  

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And to think, he didn't need to ink anyone to give these fans something to be thankful for on Thanksgiving. The Warriors, meanwhile, would be thankful to get him back in the lineup sooner rather than later. 

They missed Curry's unselfishness on Wednesday, and the six games prior. 

In their first 12 games of the season, the Warriors averaged 29.7 assists per 100 possessions, the NBA's best mark. In the last seven games, the Warriors assisted on 24.1 baskets every 100 possessions. That was still the ninth-best rate from Nov. 10 through Wednesday, but worse than when Curry was in the lineup.

Curry still has a ways to go before he can return from a groin injury, but each passing game shows how much the Warriors miss his skillset. His unselfishness is just one part of why. 

DeMarcus Cousins rips NCAA after Zion Williamson injury: 'It's bulls**t'

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DeMarcus Cousins rips NCAA after Zion Williamson injury: 'It's bulls**t'

OAKLAND – At the mere mention of the scary, shoe-splitting spill Wednesday by prize NBA prospect Zion Williamson, Warriors star DeMarcus Cousins came out swinging.

“Knowing what I know now, college (basketball) is bulls**t,” he said Thursday. “College basketball and the NCAA is bulls**t.”

Projected to be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, Williamson is four months away from life-changing wealth. When the Duke star sustained a sprained knee in a game against North Carolina, jeopardizing his value, NBA players lit up the Internet with their feelings about a multibillion-dollar business that offers zero monetary benefit to players.

“My advice to him is do what’s best for you and your family,” Cousins said. “Obviously, college isn’t. It does nothing for you at this point. You’ve proven you’re the No. 1 pick coming out, you’ve proven your talent. Get ready for the next level because it’s happening.

“That’s my opinion, knowing what I know now.”

Cousins spent one season at Kentucky before being selected fifth overall by Sacramento in the 2010 draft. He said he “enjoyed” his time in college but acknowledges the risks involved along the path to the NBA,

“I loved my experience in college. That was some of the best years of my life, playing basketball,” Cousins said. “But with that being said, just how crooked the whole NCAA business is . . . 

“I actually saw a post the other day that said the (lowest ticket) for that UNC-Duke came was $2500, $3500. How much does Zion Williamson see? That’s who (fans) are coming to see. So much of that is he getting? Actually, who does it go to? How does it benefit any player on that team?

“But if they were to get $20 and a free meal, they’re this bad kid. They get a bad rep, ‘uncoachable or ‘thugs,’ whatever the case may be. It’s bulls**t. It’s been bulls**t.”

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Cousins is also among the vast majority of NBA players that don’t understand the point of the “one-and-done" rule designed to force preps to attend college for at least one year before entering the draft.

“What’s the difference between 18 (years old) and 19? Between 17 and 18? You’re an amateur. You’re young. You’re ignorant to life in general. So what’s really the difference? You’ve still got a lot of growing to do.”

Ex-Warriors coach Don Nelson cites moment he fell in love with Steph Curry

Ex-Warriors coach Don Nelson cites moment he fell in love with Steph Curry

Programming note: Watch the pregame edition of Warriors Outsiders tonight at 6 p.m. PT, streaming live on the MyTeams app.

March 23, 2009 is a date that Warriors fans should never forget.

Why?

Because that night, Don Nelson went to see Steph Curry in person when Davidson traveled to the Bay Area for an NIT matchup.

"He played against Saint Mary’s, and I went to the game. I fell in love with the kid," the former Warriors head coach told Mark Medina of the Bay Area News Group.

Curry racked up 26 points (11-for-27 FG), nine rebounds and five assists (plus six turnovers) in an 80-68 loss to the Gaels. It was the final game of his illustrious college career.

Three months later, the Warriors selected Curry with the seventh overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft.

"I was able to draft Steph and he’s been as good or better than anybody believed he would be," Nelson added. "We all thought he was going to be terrific. But wow. He is one of the best to ever to it.”

While Nelson didn't think Curry would turn into a two-time MVP, "I thought he would be a perennial All-Star and one of the top point guards in the league," he said.

Nelson also wasn't sure if Curry would even be available when Golden State was on the clock. Fortunately for the Warriors, Minnesota took Ricky Rubio at No. 5 and Jonny Flynn at No. 6.

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As they say, the rest is history.

"I would have taken him No. 2 that year," Nelson said back in October. "I would have taken (Blake) Griffin first and then I would have taken him above everybody in the draft."

Hey, that Don Nelson guy is pretty smart.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller