NBA Draft Prospect Profile: Seth Curry

Curry looks to continue a family tradition of lights-out shooting in the NBA (www.flickr.com)

Curry looks to continue a family tradition of lights-out shooting in the NBA (www.flickr.com)

If you’re a basketball player, the last name Curry is a pretty good one to have. Father Dell Curry began the family tradition finishing his career with a sound three point shooting percentage of just over 40 percent. Then came Stephen Curry, who broke a fair share of Davidson and NCAA three point records, is currently shooting just under 45 percent from deep in his four years in Golden State, not to mention continues to lead the Warriors to a bright future. Now it’s little brother’s turn. Keeping in mind that he needed surgery on a stress fracture present throughout his senior year at Duke, Curry is doing what he can to promote his strengths to NBA scouts. If a team needs instant offense off the bench, the 6’1″ combo guard who averaged 17.5 points in his final year as a Blue Devil and shot 43.8 percent from long range (better than Stephen’s career average) is a viable option.

Combine Measurements

Height w/o Shoes Height w/ Shoes Weight (lbs) Wingspan Standing Reach Body Fat (%) Hand Reach Hand Width
6′ 1″ 6′ 3″ 179.2 6′ 4″ 8′ 1.5″ 9.6 8″ 8.25″

Strengths

Cutting to the chase, shooting is Curry’s most valuable asset. We’ve already given some examples that speak for themselves regarding his shooting ability, but he’s continued to work to perfect that part of his game. He’s spent a lot of time getting better at moving without the ball, pull-ups off the dribble, a consistent mid-range shot, and fake moves to be able to create for himself when need be. Curry’s intangibles are noteworthy as well. His basketball knowledge and IQ are especially appealing where he shows great decision-making in whether to keep the ball himself, or dish to a teammate. Fitting in won’t be a problem for Curry either. He is an intelligent, charismatic kid who is more than prepared to do whatever a team asks in order to win.

Weaknesses

There are a few factors that separate Seth from his older brother. Size and passing are two elements in the guard game that Curry lacks most heavily. His size and athleticism are going to restrict him on both sides of the ball. Offensively, he’s not built to be able to get to the rim or draw fouls at the professional level, making getting to the rack and the charity stripe an issue. Passing is also a lacking skill that may be of concern to teams. Another big difference between he and his brother is that he doesn’t have a reliable or consistent passing game. Not having a complete offensive repertoire, or the physical build and quickness to check many NBA guards, Curry’s all-around game certainly leaves much to be desired.

Final Analysis

There’s no question that Curry has the family genes boosting his credit going into the draft. The entire NBA has been noticing the noise that Stephen’s been making, so there are definitely going to be teams attracted to this prospect regardless of his downsides. The right team can pick Curry up and give him a chance to earn a possible sixth man role, but over the course of his career he’ll have to work out the kinks that could prevent him from ever being dominant.

Projection

Late first to second round

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