Stephen Curry Should Have Stayed for His Senior Year at Davidson

Steven ResnickSenior Writer IDecember 14, 2009

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The more I think about Stephen Curry, the more I believe he should have stayed in college for another year at Davidson. Curry was drafted as the seventh pick overall in the 2009 NBA draft by the Golden State Warriors.

Before his junior year at Davidson, Curry switched from shooting guard to point guard in hopes to attract more NBA interest because at 6-3, Curry was definitely too short to play the shooting guard position.

So, Curry was just learning how to play the point guard position when he entered the draft. If Curry had stayed another year would it have hurt his draft position?

Most likely not—in fact, it probably would have bettered his position.

Even before the season started, Monta Ellis voiced his displeasure about Curry playing alongside of him. It wasn't that Curry was a bad player in Ellis' mind; it's because of the height disadvantage the Warriors would have with both of them in the lineup.

Now with the injuries mounting to the Warriors, it has brought the starting lineup in the backcourt for the Warriors to be Curry and Ellis. The problem is that Curry has been inconsistent all year.

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Curry has shown flashes of what he can do, but most of the time it's one frustrating turnover or foul after another. Instead, he could have been playing at Davidson getting minutes and honing his craft as a point guard.

I don't know how many times this year that Curry has stopped his dribble and had the ball intercepted by the opposition, leading to easy points on the other end. It has gotten to the point where the Warriors should be benching Curry.

The Warriors have another option on the bench who has actually played alongside Ellis and Curry, but he's only 6-2, so it means the Warriors are playing incredibly small. I think that it would be beneficial to remove Curry from the lineup for the time being and let C.J. Watson start.

Watson has a better understanding of the game, he's the better shooter at the moment, and most importantly, he doesn't turn the ball over.

In the long run, I understand that Curry is going to have to take his lumps being a rookie, but these aren't rookie mistakes that he's making. He's not playing fundamentally sound basketball.

For Curry to be successful, he needs to start picking his spot so when he drives to the lane he needs to either pull up for a jumper or drive to the hoop, not stop at the three point line and wait until a teammate gets open.

He also needs to learn from Ellis to take it to the rim and draw fouls because he is a solid free throw shooter. Also, Curry has been struggling from beyond the arc. 

At this point, I think the Warriors would have been better off drafting a more accomplished point guard. Someone with experience and the ability to run the team and who has come up in clutch situations while in school as well as playing against tougher competition than at Davidson.

In reality, the Warriors should have gone with Darren Collison. Now, you may think I'm crazy, but I'm not.

Collison is an excellent defender. He's tough, he can score, and he shoots the ball extremely well. In fact, in his junior year at UCLA he shot 52.5 percent from beyond the arc and finished last year with a better percentage than Curry, who shot at a 39.4 percent clip.

While Chris Paul was out with an injured ankle, Collison took over running the point for the New Orleans Hornets. In the process, Collison averaged 14.9 points per game, 6.4 assists, 3.1 rebounds, and 1.2 steals while shooting 42 percent from the field, 46.2 percent from beyond the arc, and 90.6 percent from the free throw line.

Collison is able to produce when he gets the minutes. Since he's a backup to Paul, he's no longer going to play a lot, but still you can see my point. Collison played four years at UCLA, and he has a better understanding of what he needs to do out on the court.

Right now it's showing that Curry should have stayed in school to work on the fundamentals of being a point guard. But since he didn't and the Warriors did draft him, the best bet for the Warriors is to use him as trade bait to bring in a big man.

There was a rumor that Emeka Okafor may be on the trading block for the Hornets. If I were the Warriors, include Curry in a trade and bring in Collison.

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