Seth Curry: Project to Product


Being the little brother of the NBA MVP can’t be easy, especially when you are an NBA player yourself. But Seth Curry of the Sacramento Kings has embraced the role, and has begun to make a name for himself despite a turbulent start to his professional career. 

Curry was a star at Duke, but went undrafted in 2013. Before signing with the Kings at the start of the 2015 season, he had bounced around the D-Leauge, playing for both the Santa Cruz Warriors and Erie BayHawks. During that time, both the Grizzlies and Cavaliers would sign Curry to 10-Day contracts, thought he was denied a second contract both times. After playing for the Pelican’s 2015 Summer League team, the Kings signed Curry to a two-year, $2 million guaranteed contract. 

The contract, however, has a player option for the 2016-2017 season. He is owed just over $1 million, but can opt out if he so chooses. As recently as a month ago, this didn’t seem like much of an issue, as Curry was a project and considered a luxury. His minutes were extremely limited in coach George Karl’s scrutinized rotations, and his numbers reflected it.

But as we pointed out in a previous piece, Karl has been giving Curry minutes, and even starts, as the season winds down. With those minutes, Seth Curry has gone from project to product, putting up solid numbers. In the last six games, Curry is averaging 15.2 points in 26.7 minutes and the Kings are 4-3.

In four of those contests, he put up 17+ points, making it look like the natural shooting thing runs in the family. Check out the highlights.

3/28 @ Portland

Seth Curry's first 20+ point game of his career came in a Kings loss against the Blazers. He shot 52% and hit 3 three-pointers on his way to 21 points. Though he started the game, a solid chunk of his minutes came playing with the second unit, where he seemed to be well in control of the offense. These highlights show Curry's ability to create his own shot off the dribble to go along with his improving catch-and-shoot game. 

 

4/1 vs. Miami

In the game against Miami last Friday, Curry matched his career high with another 21 point performance in 31 minutes. He was guarded by solid defenders like Luol Deng and Goran Dragic, but Curry was able to showcase a little bit of everything. Not only was he 4 for 6 from behind the arc, but he was attacking the basket as well as orchestrating successful fast breaks. He even dropped a few nice assists, and was 7 for 8 from the free throw line.  

 

4/2 @ Denver

Saturday's contest in Denver was the only game during the stretch in which Curry didn't get the start. It didn't take long for him to get in the game, however, as Karl inserted him for Ben McLemore in the first quarter. The Kings were not at all hesitant to run plays for Curry, most involving multiple screens to get Curry a set shot. He was also able to use his running floater, which proved to be effective. Interestingly, all of Curry's 17 points and 5 assists came in the second quarter. 

 

4/5 vs. Portland

Although he didn't surpass his career high in points, Tuesday's game against Portland might have been Curry's best as a pro. To go along with his 17 points, he dished out 4 assists and added 5 rebounds to submit an all-around complete game. He once again showed the ability to create his own shot, as well as displaying a quick Steph-like trigger on the three ball. He also served up an assist to Willie Caulie-Stein on what was arguably the Kings best play of the season.

 

 

In the months leading up to March, the Curry Question was never really a question. Of course he would opt-in to the million dollars contract. He had yet to get the necessary playtime to showcase his skills. But that has all changed. Seth Curry may find himself to be a, albeit mildly, coveted asset this off-season now that his talents have been on display. Curry could opt out, test the waters, and still return to Sacramento for the money he knows is waiting for him. But what if he finds greener pastures on a team that can afford a cheap luxury role player like the Heat or the Lakers? 

The Kings may be powerless in letting yet another young talent slip away. 

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