This guy was monikered "Baby Shaq" upon coming into the league. He was drafted to Chicago, where he showed promise, but didn't seem to improve much. Now what makes this acquisition a horrible mistake was that not only did they have to sign him to an extension, but the Knicks traded away a lottery pick, just like before, and didn't protect it.
It wound up being the number two pick in the draft, which wound up being Tyrus Thomas. In the beginning it looked like the right move. His second year, he looked like an All Star, and people just new he would make it the next year.
However, he didn't work on his game, or stay in shape. All the scoring he did was off the court, with his wife, and god knows whoever else,
Curry's talent was never questioned. His work ethic and desire to improve is what was. He was a beast on the block, but as far as rebounding, defending, or even showing any type of resistance or presence in the paint...non existent.
After a promising year being coached by Thomas, he totally regressed. His slow plodding style is the exact opposite of D'Antoni's speedball system. It also doesn't help that he's a terrible rebounder and shot blocker.
Eddy is one of those players that a person could tell that this sport isn't their first love, or their passion in life. He lacks the work ethic, despite having all the tools and skills to be considered in the same class as Dwight Howard, or a younger Shaq.
Curry has been the forgotten man since D'Antoni arrived. I believed in what Isiah was thinking with this deal. But here's a case where work ethic and character weren't questioned. It looked good on paper, but character goes a long way.
Building a team is way more than getting talent. You have to combine a bunch of talents and character, and get the right type of players with the right work ethic. Not the case here.