Stephen Curry is going to be a two-time MVP. He’s lit the league on fire, hitting 400 three pointers this season. However, there is another Curry that has gotten some attention lately, as Steph’s younger brother, Seth, has turned a lot of heads recently.
The Sacramento Kings signed Seth Curry over the offseason, hoping he could carve out a role at the end of the bench. Although, Curry has been anything but a basic reserve player. He’s was one of the NBA’s biggest surprises over the final weeks of the season.
Curry only averaged 6.8 points on the season. A lot of that small average came from a string of stellar performances dating from March 16th to April 15th. The former Duke Blue Devil was on fire, scoring in double digits for 12 of the Kings final 13 games. In addition, Curry scored 20 or more points four times.
It’s about time Seth Curry find his place in the league. His journey up to this point has been quite remarkable.
Going into the 2013 NBA Draft , Curry was coming off a season at Duke where he averaged 17.5 points a game. However, despite Seth’s solid collegiate play and prestigious last name, he went undrafted.
As a result, Curry spent time shuffling between the D-League and the occasional bench of an NBA roster. He was named a D-League All-Star twice during his time with Santa Cruz and Erie. Although, he couldn’t seem to stick with a team in the NBA.
That all changed during the 2015 NBA Summer League, as Curry impressed many by averaging 24.3 points. The Sacramento Kings were convinced in Curry’s ability, and signed him to a two-year, $2 million guaranteed contract.
With another year remaining on his deal, the question of what Curry’s role with the Kings will be next season is going to be a hot topic of conversation.
We’ve already seen what Curry can do when given the keys to the offense.
During an April 11th matchup against the Phoenix Suns, Curry took advantage of starting point guard Rajon Rondo’s absence, scoring 20 points and dishing out 15 assists.
With Rondo set to hit the free agent market, the Kings have to decide whether to re-sign the often misunderstood Rondo, or let him walk. Sacramento is also letting head coach George Karl go after a tumultuous season, so the teams new head coach will have to determine if Rondo is the best fit for his team.
Obviously, the best option for Curry is to have Rondo not re-sign, as Seth might be able to fill in as the teams starting point guard. Although, Curry and Rondo have played together relatively well over the final 15 games of the season. This could mean Sacramento is willing to employ both in 2016, similar to what they did over the final month of the season.
Another factor in the Seth Curry conundrum is what the Kings do in the NBA Draft. There are a lot of options at guard this year. Such players as Kris Dunn, Jamal Murray and Buddy Hield will be available around the Kings projected draft slot.
If a guard is selected, Curry might find less playing time even if Rondo leaves Sacramento.
Regardless of what the future holds, it seems like Seth Curry has found his groove. With a full offseason to refine and perfect his game, there is a lot of optimism going into next season. Whether or not the Kings give Curry a more prestigious role on the team is unknown, but at least now he might be able to escape his brothers shadow.
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