No. 35 Stephen Curry
Drafted seventh overall by the Golden State Warriors, Curry came into the League amidst some controversy after teammate Monta Ellis stated that he could not see the two coexisting in the backcourt. Hating guards were not Curry’s only problem, his 6-3, 185-pound frame had pundits talking the dreaded tweener talk. Apparently torching the Southern Conference for three years straight and leading Davidson to the Elite 8 in the 2008 NCAA Tourney was not enough.
Instead of letting the comments bother him, Curry instead went out and had a stellar rookie campaign averaging 17.1 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.9 spg and 4.5 rpg. Curry ranked in the top-five in nearly every statistical category among rookies.