When it comes to Eddy Curry, it's safe to say that he was one of the biggest under-achievers in NBA history. With high expectations coming into the league, Curry will now get a second chance at being a valuable player and a part of something big.
He will join the Miami Heat, who looked primed to bring home a title to South Beach in the 2011-12 season and could end up playing a major role in the team's success. It's no secret that Miami lacks a player who meets the NBA standard for a starting center, but the role could be Curry's to take depending on how he shows up.
Curry is a seven-footer with an extremely wide body that he must use to give Miami that physical presence they truly missed in the long stretch last season. While he doesn't possess the greatest athletic ability, Curry is still a capable rebounder and someone who can impose his size defensively.
Offensively, the big man will not receive many touches inside based off the surrounding talent, but he is an efficient scorer at 55 percent for his rocky career. Miami must find a way to utilize his size and strength without clogging the lane for players like LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.
The biggest question mark for Curry will be just how he looks during the season, both physically and mentally, along with if he makes the most out of this second chance.
For Miami, don't let this signing fool you. It brings little risk financially and could have a high upside if Curry shows flashes of potential.
At 29 years old, don't expect Curry to be a player with a high ceiling, but instead look for him to embrace his role as a supporting big man. We will not see him average the near 20 points a game he did in New York, but his size is a much needed factor for Miami to move on to greater things.
I see Curry playing the whole year for Miami based on the fact that he has dropped weight and seems to have motivation after sitting out the whole 2010-11 season. This is a make-or-break opportunity for Curry and could end up landing him another contract based on his performance.
Curry will likely see small glimpses of playing time early in the season as Miami will want to break him in slowly. If his conditioning looks valid and he seems fluent on the floor, expect Curry to possibly be a starter come playoff time.
If not, say goodbye to Miami and your NBA career.
While Miami is thinking short term as of now, it's unclear if Curry will be a fixture in Miami for the coming years. However, if he plays a vital role in bringing home a championship, he will only increase his value.
Many doubt the troubled center and the odds remain stacked against him, but he's playing with a contending team that seem eager to make him valuable.
Over/Under on Curry in Miami: 50 regular season appearances