With the NBA draft inching closer, our friends at CSNChicago.com are analyzing prospects leading up to the draft on June 27 in New York.
Today, they broke down Duke shooting guard Seth Curry.
He isn't his brother (Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry) or his father (former NBA sharpshooter Dell Curry), but the first-team All-ACC performer (by the league's coaches; he was a second-teamer by the media vote) is unsurprisingly known for his perimeter marksmanship. While he isn't the quickest or most athletic player, Curry has a heady style of play and possesses underrated toughness, as evidenced by playing through injury for most of his senior campaign. Regarded as an instant-offense threat and designated long-range shooter, he also shed his one-dimensional label on the college level and developed into a more versatile player.
A 20 point-per-game scorer his freshman year at Liberty, Curry was named the Big South's top freshman before transferring to Duke. He worked hard to diversify his game and even had stints at point guard, though that clearly isn't his natural position and when he shifted back to being a full-time shooting guard with the departure of Austin Rivers, he developed into the team's leading scorer. Although he played on a balanced, talented Blue Devils squad, Curry managed to stand out, especially in clutch moments, which included a 29-point game (he knocked down six three-pointers) in a Sweet 16 win over Michigan State in the NCAA Tournament.
As one might expect from a member of his family, Curry has accurate, nearly-unlimited shooting range and is almost automatic when he spots up for an open look. He's also a much-improved ballhandler and can function well in pick-and-roll scenarios, as well as having the ability to hit mid-range jumpers off the dribble. An underrated passer, Curry might not rack up high assist totals, but he understands the importance of moving the ball and spacing the court.
The fact that Curry isn't a point guard, doesn't possess the quickness to guard most NBA players at the position and doesn't have the prototypical size or athleticism to play shooting guard in the league severely hurts his chances at the next level. Defensively, he leaves a lot to be desired and would almost certainly be a liability on that end of the floor. Observers had similar concerns about his brother when he entered the league, but they're even more pronounced in the case of the Duke product.
A team in dire need of outside shooting, with an appreciation for the experience of four-year college players from winning programs could take a chance on Curry in the second round, but more than likely, he'll go undrafted. Still, due to his understanding of the game, it wouldn't be a shock to see him excel for a team's summer league and garner a training-camp invitation. A long, successful career overseas is the safe bet for Curry, but if he ends up on the end of an NBA bench next season (with a few trips to the D-League sprinkled in), there are many who wouldn't bat an eye, particularly after another younger brother of an NBA player--Indiana's Ben Hansbrough, whose older sibling, Tyler, is a key rotation player for the Pacers--improbably stuck in the league all season.