Hindsight is glorious — it allows us to look back in time and determine whether or not a given thing was the right move, devoid of the immediate context that guides our decision making. Sometimes this is painful (we wonder if David Kahn would do things differently if he could), but ultimately it’s the thing that keeps us from making the same mistakes over and over again. No more is this more apparent in the sports universe today than the 2009 NBA Draft, which featured among its numbers the NBA’s newest two-time MVP and resident best point guard in the game, Stephen Curry.
After leading Davidson on a wild March Madness ride, Curry’s early days with the Golden State Warriors were as fun as they were frustrating; his pairing with Monta Ellis was awesome, even if it didn’t win basketball games, and his ankle problems early on justified the ridiculously cheap contract that the Dubs signed him to.
And then, well, Chef Curry took over the kitchen, if you’ll forgive the metaphor, and the Warriors became the most successful regular-season team in NBA history. It’s safe to say at this point that Curry’s insane range and all-around game qualify him for being a shoe-in for the first overall pick in the 2009 NBA draft assuming you held a redraft.
But what happens to the other luminaries in the league? And did you remember that there were so many decent-to-solid point guards who shared a rookie season? We’ll look back at that fateful June and examine what might have happened if each NBA franchise had seven years of future knowledge before they made their picks. What happens to James Harden and his beard? How does Blake look freed of the shackles of Donald Sterling? Does Tyreke Evans still win Rookie of the Year (how’s that for something you totally forgot until right now)?