At 6'2, Seth Curry is a diminutive figure on the basketball court, and if not for the name on the back of his shirt, would not catch the eye. Just like his brother Stephen Curry, he was always overlooked.
Following his brother's magisterial climb to the top of the NBA which culminated in an MVP changed everything for the Curry family and Seth started to garner a few more glances from scouts. And with those glances came the realization: this guy might not just be riding his brother's coattails.
No doubt, his brother's fame and success helped carve out a path for Seth Curry, but that path is deserved regardless. Seth succeeded at every level he played, and yet continues to get overlooked because of lesser size, strength, physicality, AKA the same reasons Steph did.
Nobody wants to make the same mistake twice. Small frames can win games.
People keep trying compare the two brothers, though, and Seth is contrastively bad. Despite their playing style similarities, it's obvious that Steph is the better baller. He scored more in college, is a much better passer, and was able to handle and adapt to defensive pressure with great composure and unselfishness.
Just because Steph is better and more versatile, though, does not mean that Seth is not an NBA-caliber guy. Seth is a gifted player but suffers from being judged by his brother's standards.
STEPH IS BETTER. But since when is being as good as Stephen Curry a requisite to be an NBA player? Seth can provide a ball-handler who can shoot his stats off the scoreboard. He is used to defensive pressure on threes and great at running off screens to free himself up for the off-balance jumper.
The NBA has never, ever had an overload of shooters. The Pelicans, in particular, have a dearth of outside threats who can provide significant minutes, more so when Jrue Holiday or Ryan Anderson is hurt, which is pretty often. Eric Gordon and Anderson aside, the Pels need some people who are at least threats from the arc. Although Quincy Pondexter shoots fairly well, he's not that guy.
Seth Curry might be that perimeter threat off the bench that could open up the floor for others and hit consistently. It's what the Pels were looking for in Jimmer Fredette last season but they did't find. The idea wasn't at fault; it was Jimmer's .188 mark from deep.
The Pelicans were left looking. Hey. Seth, a count-it shooter, is looking for a team.
Plus, knockdown shooters can sometimes develop their game into other realms, just like Kyle Korver has become a good defender or Jason Terry developed a point guard skill set. At 24, Seth has plenty of time to hone his game outside of shooting and thus plenty of potential.
For a minimum contract, Seth Curry would be a deal. The Pelicans need shooting and Seth Curry needs an NBA contract. He'll get one too, especially with the other Curry's achievements. If you want to know how Seth Curry plays, just re-watch a Warriors game.
Seth and Steph have the exact same style of play, only Steph is more of a natural point guard and thus adds a few assists.
Aside from that, however, the shooting style is similar and heck, the numbers look the same (although of course in leagues with vastly different levels of competition). Just check out this stats comparison by Brian Kotloff.
The Curry brothers averaged the same points per game last year, 23.8, and they shot within .3% of each other (Seth shot 48.7% while Seth shot 48.4%). And one stat that will definitely translate is free-throw shooting. Seth shot 92.6% in the D-League last year.
It's almost like they're brothers.
While Seth didn't blow any brains in his 21 minutes of career NBA action, the time afforded to him isn't enough to judge a movie on, let alone an NBA player, which he is by the way.
During his MVP speech, Steph hailed Seth as one reason for his success, saying,
"We had some battles growing up. You challenged me every single day when we played 1-on-1 in the backyard... The sky’s the limit for you. Keep doing what your doing and you keep making the family proud."
Allow yourself an "Awwwwweeeee" moment and then think to the competition that Seth has faced, and not just on his backyard blacktop. Seth played for Duke in the ACC and was really good.
His senior year, Seth averaged 17.5 points per game and shot 43.8% from the perimeter, all against acute attention from the defense. In the D-League, Seth only expanded his range and game, and tallied better in every major statistical category than he did in college, this against players who all have NBA aspirations.
Seth has earned what his brother's fame unlatched for him, and given an extended run in the league, would prove a valuable weapon. Again, he's not Steph, but he's a great shooter and an NBA talent.
Although the Pelicans have Seth on their Summer League roster, it does not give them dibs when it comes to where Seth attends training camp. Teams are done passing up on Seth, even if it's only because of Steph's success. The Pelicans will have competition for his signature, but the Pelicans also have the wing up.
Why? The Pelicans have Alvin Gentry, the former lead assistant for Steph Curry's Golden State Warriors, and the Pelicans need a backup point guard. Gentry is likely the NBA coach who Seth would most like to play for aside from Steve Kerr, the Warriors head coach who helped develop Steph Curry from star to superstar.
It is very possible that both Norris Cole and Jimmer Fredette will depart this offseason, and as a result, the Pelicans would once again be forced into digging the D-League ranks for guard depth. Perfect, because Seth Curry, an All-NBADL First Team selection, would be the next best guard option for the Pels.
As for backup shooting guards, crickets sound for the Pelicans. Unless Tyreke Evans or Eric Gordon accept a bench role, that depth remains shallow. Curry, a combo guard, could fit that position as well.
A 24-year-old kid that plays like reigning-MVP Steph Curry is worth a buy for any team at a minimum-contract investment. And while Seth Curry's only getting better, his current three-point threat should be enough for the Pels. Forget his size, forget his strength, Seth's play the past three years deserves a real chance in the NBA, not a one-game stint.
It turns out a 6'2, weak perimeter player perfectly fits the frame for the Pelicans backup guard role.