Duke vs. Davidson: Will Seth Curry Match the NBA Exploits of Steph Curry?

Trevor MedeirosCorrespondent IDecember 30, 2012

ATLANTA, GA - NOVEMBER 13:  Seth Curry #30 of the Duke Blue Devils drives past Julius Mays #34 of the Kentucky Wildcats during the 2012 State Farm Champions Classic at Georgia Dome on November 13, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Curry will be served for the big non-conference showdown between Duke and Davidson this coming Wednesday in Charlotte.

The game between Duke and Davidson may as well be called the Curry Invitational, given that Seth Curry’s Duke Blue Devils will square off against Davidson—older brother and NBA star Stephen Curry’s alma mater.

This delicious and spicy Curry brother storyline will probably encourage some playful comparisons from fans and the ESPN broadcasters regarding Seth and Stephen’s skills. And at one point or another, the NBA will enter its way into the conversation.

Stephen Curry, the former Davidson star and NCAA Tournament darling, has done his thing in the NBA the past few years with the Golden State Warriors. Will younger brother Seth be able to match Stephen’s promising NBA start down the road?

That answer certainly isn’t cut in stone.

Seth and Stephen share a lot of same attributes when discussing their college capabilities. Both were big scorers at small schools—Seth at Liberty (before transferring to Duke) and Stephen at the aforementioned Davidson.

Seth averaged 20.2 ppg in his only season at Liberty back in 2008-09. Stephen put up a staggering 28.6 ppg for Davidson the same year.

Seth and Stephen both have great ball-handling skills, complete with vicious crossover moves. They have deadly shooting strokes from behind the three-point arc and have each played the point guard position at times in their college careers—although both brothers’ natural position is the 2-guard spot.

Apparently, though, the comparisons stop there for NBA scouts. Stephen was the seventh overall selection by Golden State back in the 2009 NBA draft. Meanwhile, there’s been speculation from some of online NBA scouting blogs that Seth may struggle to even have his name called on draft night this summer.

If that’s really the case, where does the discrepancy lie between the brothers when it comes to NBA potential?

It could come from the reputation each Curry built up in college. Seth certainly hasn’t been a slouch for Duke over the past year and a half. Even while battling a season-long leg injury, Curry has put up over 15 ppg so far this year for Mike Krzyzewski’s team—including 31 most recently against Santa Clara.

However, Seth’s college credentials pale in comparison to Stephen’s Davidson days. There, the older Curry became a household name, mainly by almost single-handedly carrying Davidson to the Elite 8 during his sophomore season.

While Seth’s been a solid scorer in college, Stephen was absolutely prolific and has continued that trend in the pros. Now in his fourth year with Golden State, Curry is averaging a splendid 20 ppg for the surprising Warriors.

Only time will tell if Seth Curry will be able to match that productivity at the next level. Big brother has certainly raised the bar very high.