Seth Curry Is Worth a Second-Round Gamble for an NBA Team

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistJune 26, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 31:  Seth Curry #30 of the Duke Blue Devils reacts against the Louisville Cardinals during the Midwest Regional Final round of the 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 31, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Seth Curry is not his brother. Heck, he's not even his father. Whereas Steph Curry has become a star in this league after being selected No. 7 overall by the Golden State Warriors in 2009 and Dell Curry was the No. 15 pick in the 1986 draft, Seth may not even be drafted on Thursday. 

But that would be a mistake. 

Look, nobody is going to say that Seth Curry should be a first-round pick. He doesn't have the size, athleticism, experience playing the point or defensive acumen to be selected anywhere near the first round. In fact, you can see why some teams would avoid drafting him altogether. 

But when you focus more on what Curry brings to the table rather than what he doesn't, you can start to see why a second-round gamble makes a lot of sense for a team in need of his particular talents. 

For one, he is a leader that comes into the NBA as a four-year senior (one season with Liberty, three with Duke). His work ethic and toughness—he played through his entire senior season with a stress fracture diagnosed in September and just had surgery on Monday—will certainly not come into question. 

He's a smart, savvy kid who will find a way to be a contributor, even if his ceiling seems to be as a bench player who offers an injection of offense. 

Yes, he can score the rock. There may be questions given where he'll fit in the NBA given he doesn't have the size to play shooting guard and isn't a natural point guard, but there is no question he can shoot for a high percentage and score points. 

And, oh yeah, that pedigree.

NBA teams doubted his older brother, Steph, and he's become one of the game's most exciting and dangerous players. While Seth doesn't appear to have the skill set of his brother or father, there is always a place in the league for sharpshooters. 

Plus, he knows what the league is all about. He won't be intimidated or starstruck when he hits the NBA, and has the maturity to handle himself like a professional from day one. 

Really, the gamble here is on his physical tools, not his mental makeup. And if he works to become a more natural point guard and improves defensively, he should be able to overcome some of his weaknesses in size and quickness. 

Once the second round hits, teams are essentially throwing darts blindfolded. For every Danny Green, there are 100 more prospects that never pan out. It's very possible that Curry will be another. 

But given that he's been doubted in the past, his family always seems to exceed expectations in the NBA and he has a defined skill set as a sharpshooter that always seems to be needed on NBA teams, he certainly seems to be worth a second-round gamble.


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