Summer League Spotlight: Seth Curry's Busy Summer
As a 2014 NBA D-League All-Star and half of the famed Santa Cruz Warrior Splash Brothers, Seth Curry is undoubtedly one of the NBA D-League’s most popular players. It also does not hurt Curry’s reputation that he starred at Duke University and is the younger brother of NBA superstar Stephen Curry.
Seth Curry missed the NBA Summer League last year, but now that he is back to 100% this time around, he is taking full advantage of the opportunity. He is one of just a handful of players to play in Orlando and Las Vegas, joining the Orlando Magic and Phoenix Suns Summer League teams, respectively.
That right shin injury and surgery forced Curry to miss all of his pre-draft workouts and contributed to him going undrafted in the 2013 NBA Draft. Though Curry was not able to immediately join his older brother in the NBA, he did earn two Gatorade Call-Ups with the Memphis Grizzlies and Cleveland Cavaliers last season.
“Those two call-ups were great motivation,” Curry said. “I got a taste of the NBA even though I wasn’t able to play too much during the games, but it still drives me to work hard playing the game that I love so that I can get back to that level.”
Curry is hoping to show off his versatility at the guard position and surprise people with his skills – other than his patented Curry-family jump shot – now that he has the chance to play in front of every NBA scout and executive attending Summer League.
“Offensively I’m focusing on being able to play either on the ball or off the ball,” Curry said. “In Orlando I was able to move off the ball a lot playing with Vic[tor Oladipo] and Elfrid [Payton]. Here in Vegas I want to show that I have a high basketball IQ. I want to prove I can be someone that can go out on there and run the team.”
So far this summer Curry has definitely shown that his game has developed beyond just knocking down jump shots. In Orlando he averaged 9.8 points per game and showed a knack for getting to the basket and converting creative finishes. The same trend is continuing in Las Vegas with the Suns.
In today’s NBA a lot of NBA teams value having combo guards coming off of the bench that can knock down threes and run the team efficiently. That’s the role Curry envisions himself filling and there are definitely NBA executives that agree.
“I’m receiving positive feedback from teams this summer so I’m trying to show that every time I step out on the court this week and hopefully show ways I can help a team win next season.”