One of the most interesting prospects heading into Thursday's NBA draft was unquestionably Duke guard Seth Curry. The Duke standout and brother of Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry wasn't highly touted heading into college and he didn't receive much hype ahead of the draft. Unfortunately, that resulted in him going undrafted.
Despite a productive 2012-13 season that saw him average 17.5 points per game and shoot a sparkling 44 percent from beyond the arc, it's easy to see why Curry wasn't drafted. He's quite small for a guy who plays a shooting guard game, as he is just 6'2" and 185 lbs. With that said, several players have proved that size isn't everything.
Curry will almost certainly get a chance by being placed on some team's Summer League roster, so his NBA journey is far from over. Here are three teams that would make the most sense for Curry moving forward.
Golden State Warriors
It worked out well for his brother, so perhaps signing with the Golden State Warriors is just what the doctor ordered for Curry. While Curry would obviously play behind his brother, Golden State would be a great situation for him. Besides that, it seems like a very real possibility, as Stephen has already begun singing Seth's praises on Twitter in the aftermath of the draft.
Major congrats to all the Draftees. Enjoy the moment! Sidebar: sleeping on @sdotcurry again...that man WILL be in the league this year.— Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) June 28, 2013
Seth will ultimately decide which team he signs with, but Stephen and the Warriors provide a safety net at the very least. Stephen is a rising star in the league and he is Golden State's face of the franchise, so the Warriors will sign Seth if Stephen pushes for it. Seth is no charity case, though, as he would be a good fit and could develop into an important player.
Klay Thompson and Stephen have the starting guard positions on lockdown, but there is a need for depth behind them. Point guard Jarrett Jack is an unrestricted free agent and he could very easily sign elsewhere. Seth isn't a point guard by trade, as he averaged just 1.5 assists last season, but neither was Stephen when he came into the league. The Warriors are a team that likes to get up and down the floor and Seth is a guy who can hit open jumpers and transition, which is something that could be quite valuable to Golden State.
With stars like LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh taking up the vast majority of the Miami Heat's cap room, the organization has to get creative when it comes to bringing in new pieces. It will be tough for Miami to do that in free agency, but a guy like Curry could make a lot of sense. The Heat have won back-to-back titles and they look for players with a winning attitude, which is precisely what Curry possesses.
It's no secret that playing time would be hard to come by for Curry as a rookie. With guards like Wade, Mario Chalmers, Norris Cole and Ray Allen likely on the roster, Curry would be an afterthought at first. The Heat like to bring three-point shooters off the bench though, and Curry was one of the most proficient players in the nation in that regard last season. Even if he doesn't contribute right away, he would be a smart long-term investment.
Allen can't play forever, and while Allen seems to boast a better all-around game than Curry, maybe Curry can have a similar impact off the bench at some point as a shooter. Miami would be a solid landing spot for Curry because there would be no pressure to perform right away. He can practice with some of the best players in basketball, learn and develop, however, which will make him a better player in the long run.
Undrafted free agents don't often play much straight out of college, but Curry could potentially be a contributor for the Milwaukee Bucks next season. Nobody is quite sure what the Bucks will do, but Monta Ellis is an unrestricted free agent and Brandon Jennings is a restricted free agent, so Milwaukee could very well be without its two starting guards next season. If that is the case, Curry would be an obvious addition.
Which team would be the best fit for Seth Curry?
J.J. Redick is almost certainly on the move as well, and he played a role that Curry could ultimately fill in due time. Redick is a couple inches taller than Curry, but they are fairly comparable players. Both hit the three with great consistency and neither is a particularly explosive athlete. Redick was able to overcome that and become a productive player as he averaged more than 14 points per game last season. Curry is hoping to follow in the footsteps of a fellow Blue Devil.
If the Bucks decide to sign him, it could be a case of trial by fire for Curry. Milwaukee drafted Greek star Giannis Antetokounmpo in the first round on Thursday, but he isn't considered an NBA-ready prospect, so it's Curry that would get a chance to play bigger minutes than his more highly-touted counterpart. The Curry family has always been about proving people wrong, and Seth would have a golden opportunity to do that in Milwaukee.
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