The New Orleans Pelicans gave Curry a spot on their Summer League team, and Curry hasn’t disappointed, even though he’s struggled a bit with his outside shot. He’s leading the Vegas Summer League in points (25.0/gm) and steals (3.6/gm). He’s showed a knack for drawing fouls and has proved that he can score in a number of different ways.
This isn’t the first time that Curry’s had to prove himself. The same criticisms that were levied against his brother – that he was too small, couldn’t defend and couldn’t finish over NBA defenders – have plagued Seth since he left Duke three years ago. Seth averaged 18 points and shot 44 percent from three as a senior, but went undrafted.
Curry received a few chances in the league, playing for Memphis, Cleveland and Phoenix for a combined four games in the past two seasons. He was never able to stick though, and he’s had to take a long road through the D-League to show NBA teams that he deserves a guaranteed roster spot.
In two seasons of D League play, Curry’s proven that one thing he can do for sure is find and convert his shot at a very high rate:
In his D-League career, Curry has taken over seven attempts from three per game and has converted on 42.5 percent of his shots. Last year, he was even more impressive, nailing 46.7 percent of his three-pointers. Only Kyle Korver shot a higher percentage in last year’s NBA season. He was one of the best players in the D-League last year, named to the All-NBADL team, third in points and first in three-pointers made.
Seth is still a free agent, but it looks like New Orleans may be closing in on signing him to a guaranteed deal:
Move over Steph, here comes Seth: Hearing Seth Curry is on the brink of securing a guaranteed contract from the Pelicans.
— Gery Woelfel (@GeryWoelfel) July 17, 2015
Coach Alvin Gentry has praised Curry’s play in Summer League. He told ESPN’s Tim MacMahon:
“Obviously, he’s a great shooter. He’s got good pedigree, good DNA in that area. He’s capable of making a shot, but I think you’ve got to do a few more things, and I think he’s showing everybody out here in the summer league that he can do other things other than just score the basketball.
“I think he’s shown on this level right here he’s a pretty elite player.”
Curry is probably never going to be an All-NBA player like his brother. Both players are great shooters like their dad Dell, but Seth is much more of a scoring guard rather than a guy who can rack up a ton of assists. He’s also a bit shorter and smaller than Steph.
The main criticisms holding Seth back so far have been that he isn’t good enough off the dribble and that he can’t defend at the NBA level. He’s shown vast improvements in both areas in Summer League, but questions still remain if he can maintain those improvements against NBA-level talent. Regardless, he’s shown that he can have a role in the NBA as a guy who can come off the bench and provide some instant offense and floor spacing.
Even with his flaws, Seth Curry is one of the most interesting players remaining in a dwindling free agent market. A young player with a lot of upside who at the very minimum can shoot lights out sounds like a guy a lot of teams could use.