If there’s one person who thinks that Seth Curry can make a name for himself beyond just the Splash Stepbrother, it’s Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle.
In an interview with Leo Sepkowitz of SLAMonline, Carlisle expressed his excitement to see what Curry, Dallas’ new free agent acquisition, has to offer.
“We have to get younger,” Carlisle said. “And he’s the right age where we feel like he’s young enough to still take a quantum leap, and he’s experienced enough to help us now.”
The Mavericks enter the 2016-17 season with the sixth-oldest roster in the league (per RealGM), so the 26-year-old Curry with his shot-making ability and his strong on-ball defense should be a welcome change of pace for them. It also must be nice for Curry to have a head coach who actually believes in him for once, so perhaps the Duke product in Dallas is a match made in heaven for both sides.
Basketball fans aren’t the only ones who think that something smells in Sacto.
In a recent interview with ESPN Radio Dallas, Mavericks owner Mark Cuban placed the blame on the “dysfunctional” Sacramento Kings for the struggles last season of guard Seth Curry, who the Mavs signed to a two-year, $6 million deal this summer.
“On a dysfunctional team in Sacramento last year at the end of the year, [Curry] played team ball,” Cuban said per Earl K. Sneed of Mavs.com. “He struggled some to stick within a dysfunctional system, but when he got the minutes and when he started, he put up great numbers. But more importantly, from a catch-and-shoot perspective, he’s almost automatic from three. And we really didn’t have that.”
Cuban’s right in that the younger Curry brother didn’t have much of a system to play in with the Kings. The 25-year-old was largely misused in the Sacramento offense and was also the target of subtle disdain from former head coach George Karl.
As a result, Curry only managed to put up averages of 6.8 points per game, 1.4 rebounds per game, and 1.5 assists per game in 2015-16. But he should do much better next season in a stable organization with a coherent offensive plan. And for a Mavericks team that ranked 23rd in the league in three-point percentage last season, Curry’s outside stroke will be greatly appreciated.
Stephen Curry hosted a four-day basketball camp in Hawaii earlier this month, and the cost to attend was reportedly more than $2,000. Since he makes millions on the court and even more off of it, the steep price led to a great deal of criticism.
On Sunday, Curry made light of the backlash he has received by sharing a flyer for a camp that his younger brother, Sacramento Kings guard Seth Curry, is hosting. Steph joked that this camp “won’t cost you 2K.”
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No one was more vocal about the high cost of Steph’s camp than Seattle Seahawks defensive lineman Michael Bennett, who lives in Hawaii with his wife.
“I see a lot of different athletes come through Hawaii whether it’s Steph Curry or whoever it is,” Bennett told KHON last week. “They all come here and it makes me mad, because I live in this community and I understand this community — that there’s so many kids who can’t afford to pay such a high amount of money. In my mind it’s like, how much money do you need before you start giving back for free? And I think a lot of athletes should start focusing on that.”
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A lot of athletes charge big bucks for their camps. Whether you think that’s appropriate or not is a matter of personal opinion, but Curry clearly heard the complaints.
Sound all alarms! Curry to hit free agency! Well, the other Curry…but still.
According to a report by Shams Charania of The Vertical on Friday, Kings guard Seth Curry will decline his $1 million player option for 2016-17 and test the waters of restricted free agency.
After years of floating around the D-League and 10-day contract limbo, Curry, 25, proved himself to be an Association-caliber guard in 2015-16. It was especially so in the second half of the season where he posted averages of 11.3 points per game, 2.2 rebounds per game, and 2.6 assists per game while shooting a blistering 46.3 percent from deep.
Despite a love–hate relationship with recently-fired Kings head coach George Karl, Curry has successfully carved his own path in the NBA and has likely played himself into a decent-sized payday. While Sacramento can match any offer for Curry, they also have Rajon Rondo’s free agency to worry about, so it will be interesting to see if we finally see a Curry brother playing professionally somewhere other than northern California.
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George Karl continues to struggle to win friends in Sacramento.
It all started Friday night after Seth Curry dropped 12 points in 26 minutes, looking quite like a capable player in the process. Despite that, Karl’s praise wasn’t exactly effusive.
“I think Seth will be a combo guard, play both 1 and 2,” Karl said after the game, via Blake Ellington of Sactown Royalty. “I think usually those guys when I look at them, I see them probably trying to score a little bit too much and I think he probably should become more of a playmaking point as much as a scoring point. But he’s going to be around for a couple years. He’s definitely going to have a few more years of someone; I think we have him for one more year. I think he has a tenacity to him and a good basketball feel to him. Now he’s just got to be confident and consistent.”
Curry responded by tweeting and deleting a snake emoji, which thanks to DeMarcus Cousins has become the universal anti-Karl symbol.
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— Mek (@_YoMek) March 26, 2016
Cousins jumped into the fray on Sunday by crashing Curry’s postgame interview after another strong performance, and he made a comment that can only be construed as a shot at his coach. What’s more, Seth’s older brother, Steph Curry, tweeted it out, taking Boogie’s side – though in fairness, Curry probably did this more to support his younger brother than to take shots at Karl.
— Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) March 28, 2016
“You gonna be in this league a long time, boy, remember that. A long time,” Cousins said.
Hard to take that as anything other than a shot at Karl, and it’s far from the first issue Cousins has had with him. In fact, Cousins and the Kings have basically been in open revolt all season. It’s obviously why Karl is reportedly a near-certainty to be shown the door at the end of the season. The only real question at this point is why they’re bothering to wait.
H/T New York Post
The 15-21 Sacramento Kings are giving up 108.1 points per game (the most in the NBA) and their 105.6 defensive rating on the season ranks fifth-worst. But don’t blame any of that on guard Seth Curry.
Fed up with the team’s defensive effort after Thursday’s 118-115 victory over the Lakers in which they blew a 27-point lead, Kings head coach George Karl stressed the importance of intensity on that end of the floor and called the younger Curry the team’s best on-ball defender.
“Seth, right now, covers the ball better than anybody on our team,” said Karl per Cowbell Kingdom. “And we need somebody to cover the ball.
“I don’t need any more points,” he continued. “I don’t need any more anything except someone to cover the damn basketball. If someone gets hungry enough to cover the basketball, he’ll probably play.”
While the 25-year-old Curry is averaging just 3.9 points per game in 11.3 minutes per game, his playing time has slowly risen as of late due to his energy on defense. His impact may not be fully reflected in the stat sheet (the Kings are only 0.4 points better defensively per 100 possessions with Curry on the floor as opposed to when Curry is off, perhaps due to small sample size from his limited minutes). But he’s a pesky defender that works hard and provides a grittiness that the team otherwise lacks on that end.
Though Karl’s praise of Curry may be more of a shot at the rest of the guys on that roster than anything, it’s great to see that the blue-collar defensive exuberance of Dell’s other son is not going unnoticed.
Watch out, Steph. Little bro is coming for that MVP. Well…not really.
H/T NBA Reddit
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It seems like to this point of his young basketball career, Kings guard Seth Curry has gotten this far because he has been fortunate enough to share a last name with father Dell, the Hornets legend, and older brother Stephen, the reigning MVP and defending NBA champion. But this past offseason, the younger Curry decided to go full Harry Truman and declare, “The buck stops here.”
According to a story by Lee Jenkins of Sports Illustrated earlier this week, Seth revealed that the Golden State Warriors (along with the Charlotte Hornets and the New Orleans Pelicans) offered him free-agent deals this summer but he turned them down to sign with the Sacramento Kings on a two-year, $2 million deal instead.
“I didn’t want to go to Golden State,” Seth told Jenkins. “I didn’t want to go back in Steph’s shadow.”
The Warriors, of course, were the first team to sign Seth after he went undrafted in 2013, briefly pairing him with his older brother. He went onto play with the Santa Cruz Warriors, their D-League affiliate, upon being waived by Golden State after six preseason appearances.
The offers from the Pelicans and the Hornets are interesting as well since the former is the franchise that father Dell actually found his greatest success playing for (before the team moved to New Orleans and changed their name), while the latter is the franchise that now carries the old moniker.
Either way, it’s good on Seth for wanting to create his own identity, independent of his familial success. He proved he belongs in the Association on his own merit with a strong Summer League showing, posting 24.3 points per game, 4.3 rebounds per game, and 2.7 assists per game on 45.9 percent shooting from the field.
Seth’s biggest strengths are shooting and playmaking, but he may struggle to carve out a consistent role with the Kings, having to compete with Ben McLemore and Marco Belinelli on the front end and Rajon Rondo and Darren Collison on the back end. Still, the 25-year-old seems to be more than up to the challenge.
Kudos to you, Seth. If you were a Jackson brother, you would definitely be Jermaine and not Tito. After all, the last time they tried a brother-on-brother pairing in the Western Conference, things didn’t end very well.
H/T Bleacher Report
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