Can Seth Curry become an NBA mainstay?

Friday August 19th, 2016

Seth Curry falls into a long tradition of NBA players to catch on in the late stages of an NBA season, that playground of flier prospects and tantalizing mirages. The Kings' rotation had passed Curry by until he started a March game against the Suns on a lark. First he started alongside Rajon Rondo, spacing the floor from the weak side. Then he started alongside Darren Collison, curling into catch-and-shoot opportunities to score. Eventually he started with neither at all, assuming the point himself and diving headfirst into the pick-and-roll game.

It wasn't until March of what was technically his third NBA season that Curry found any kind of consistent opportunity. Minutes and shots had eluded him. Once given, Curry used that currency to pique the league's curiosity over the course of 11 games—in which he averaged 15.2 points, 3.8 assists, and 48.4% shooting from beyond the arc while swinging between both guard positions. 

Just how much reality was contained in that small sample remains to be seen. Games against the Kings in April tend to carry a last-day-of-school vibe, complete with questionable behavior and convenient absences. Curry hasn't yet produced against standard NBA rigor. He did, however, showcase enough upward mobility to catch the Mavericks' interest in a two-year, $6 million contract.

"I think it's just a good opportunity to expand my game, show a little bit more than I did last year in Sacramento," Curry said.

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McCollum is an ambitious and fascinating model for Curry. It's within Curry's reach to find some smaller measure of McCollum-ish success under one of the best offensive coaches in the league. Carlisle can be a bit strict with prospects, but the accuracy of Curry's jumper will allow him to attempt plays off the dribble even when filling a more passive role. A smart, unselfish system operated by veterans will find Curry in the corner and on the curl and at the top of the key. Soon we'll see where, exactly, those possessions take him.

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