2013 NBA Draft Breakdown and Scouting Report for Seth Curry

Jonathan WassermanNBA Lead WriterMay 17, 2013

Seth Curry has been one of the most successful guards at the college level over the past two years, though not many recognize him as an NBA prospect.

He finished his senior year averaging 17.5 points on 43.8 percent shooting from downtown, at times carrying one of the best teams in the country.

However, there are issues with regard to his game translating to the pro level, most of which stem from his physical tools.


Physical Tools

At 6'3'', Seth Curry lacks the size and athleticism of an NBA 2-guard. He doesn't have that quick first step off the dribble that could allow him to create or the explosiveness to play above the rim. And at 179 pounds with short arms, finishing inside could be an adventure.

Defense could be a problem as well. Curry doesn't have the lateral quickness to keep up with a speedy NBA point guard, and NBA 2s are just too big and strong.

Curry doesn't have the physical tools typically required for NBA play, and it's kept him off the radar despite solid production at Duke.


Offensive Strengths

Curry's most coveted strength is his perimeter game. He's an excellent shooter, making 95 of his 217 attempts his senior year. A 43.8-percent three-point clip is a lot more appealing when it comes on 2.7 makes per game.

He's also a fairly effective shot-creator on the perimeter. Curry can separate via the step-back jumper, a valuable tool to have at the NBA level.

Watch him knock his defender off balance by pulling back and fading away:


Curry has NBA three-point range. Like his father, Dell, and his brother, Stephen, Seth can let it fly with comfort from 27 feet away. His range allows for better spacing considering defenders have to play up regardless how far away he is.

Off the ball, Curry can catch and shoot as well as any prospect in the field. He's got a quick release, maintaining balance and rhythm when he rises to fire:

If teams are considering Curry, it will be because of his ability to knock down shots on and off the ball.



Curry has an excellent basketball IQ. He's got the confidence to take things upon himself and the willingness to give it up.

Teams will love Curry during interviews. He's a mature, bright kid who you know will do what's necessary to make a roster and help the team.

Genes also work in his favor. With a father who excelled in the NBA and a brother who's taking it over, this is a family to bet on.

And lastly, Curry is a winner. He's been the most reliable scorer for a winning team that's constantly under the microscope. Curry is going to have to hope an NBA team puts stock in his college success and ignores the details the way the Denver Broncos did with Tim Tebow in the NFL.


NBA Draft Breakdown

Seth Curry is a phenomenal college player, but his poor physical tools might prevent his game from translating.

For Curry, it's going to come down to impressing one man. That's all it takes to get drafted. Curry just has to convince one general manager he's worth a second-round pick.

If Curry does go undrafted, he's still likely to receive training camp invites from a number of NBA teams. There really isn't much of a difference between a second-round pick and an undrafted free agent, except for the fact that the undrafted free agent might have choices of where he wants to go.

There aren't too many 6'3'' shooting specialists out there, so the odds are currently against Curry. The fact that he won't be able to work out for teams (shin injury) will make the journey even tougher.