Stephen Curry Reveals Warriors Were Not His Choice During NBA Draft: “I Absolutely Wanted to Go to the Knicks”

Published 01/12/2022, 1:30 PM EST
Jan 11, 2022; Memphis, Tennessee, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) reacts after a foul call during the first half against the Memphis Grizzles at FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports


Stephen Curry was drafted seventh overall by the Golden State Warriors in the 2009 NBA draft. He went on to becoming the franchise leader in points and assists, and changed the game of basketball as we know it. His partnership with Klay Thompson also came to be known as the deadliest backcourts of all time. Nevertheless, Curry didn’t think that he was gonna be picked by the Warriors. He thought he was gonna be drafted by the New York Knicks who had the eighth pick.

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In a recent interview, he was asked if there was a team he was looking forward to go to. Curry responded “I absolutely was wanting to go to the Knicks. The next, the draft was in New York. It was my dad’s birthday, June 25th, 2009. I had a lot of conversations with the GM of the New York at the time who said if I was on the board, they picked me.”

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“So there’s a lot of hype because being in New York, I thought I was going to be in a New York Knick, but they always say careful what you wish for everything happened the way it was supposed to be, so I’m a Warrior”

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Dec 13, 2021; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) in the second half against the Indiana Pacers at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

What happened after Stephen Curry was drafted by the Warriors?

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Curry has one of the most prolific careers of all time. In fact, he won three championships and two MVP awards, with one of them being unanimous. He inspired teams and players on how they look at the three-point shot. His influence is so evident that kids these days pull up from half court just to replicate him. He more or less has eliminated the traditional center and power forward role in the NBA. Moreover, he recently broke the three-point record, which cemented his claim as the greatest shooter ever.

But if he was drafted by the Knicks, he could have ended their long title drought of 49 years. The Knicks were irrelevant for so many years, and Curry could have helped them in that regard. But as Curry says, everything happens the way it was supposed to happen.

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What do you think would have been the course of events if Curry went with the Knicks? Share with us in the comments below.

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Vishwesha Kumar

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Vishwesha Kumar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Holder of a Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, Vishwesha has been writing content for about 3 years now. He has been following the NBA for nearly 10 years, since first starting off in the year 2012.

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