The younger brother of a two-time MVP who doubles as the greatest shooter of all time casts a shadow not many could emerge from, but Philadelphia 76ers shooting guard Seth Curry is more than just shining his own light – he’s turned it all the way up.
Long known to many as “Steph’s brother,” 31-year-old Seth took a winding route to get to the league with various stints in the G League before a breakout season with the Sacramento Kings in 2015-16 that solidified his footing in the NBA.
Since then, he’s had successful stints with the Dallas Mavericks and Portland Trail Blazers, but now he’s found a home in Philadelphia, taking a leading role on the Eastern Conference contender in his second season with the franchise.
Shooting is in the Curry DNA and that’s exactly what Seth has given the 76ers, knocking down 43.5 percent of his triples on a career-high 5.3 attempts per game — the best mark on the 76ers this season.
In fact, he’s shooting the ball at a historic rate, on pace to be just the 10th player in NBA history to crack the 50-40-90 club, with his 50.3 percent average from the field and 91.2 percent at the free throw line.
Sure, it’s only 16 games into the season, but there’s every indication that Curry can sustain his strong level of play this season as he emerges as one of the focal points of the team’s offense.
Curry’s availability has been a big part of his increased role this season, as Joel Embiid, Tobias Harris, Matisse Thybulle and Danny Green have all missed time due to injury or COVID-19 related absences. He has started all 73 games he’s appeared in for the 76ers, a far cry from the 78 career starts he amassed across the previous four stops in his career.
“We started talking about him and I kept saying ‘We need another playmaker here,’” head coach Doc Rivers said of what drew the organization to signing Curry. “Seth’s a playmaker. He’s a great shooter, but he’s a playmaker and he’s done that for us.”
With Ben Simmons yet to suit up this season, the 76ers have looked to Curry to take on more ball-handling responsibilities, running pick-and-rolls and creating scoring opportunities for his teammates, adding a new wrinkle to the 76ers offence with Rivers running more plays for the veteran guard.
“It’s the style of play we’re playing,” Curry said. “We’re starting to run more pick-and-roll, the ball’s been in my hands a little bit more to make plays, and that’s just a product of the style of play that we’re playing. It’s not really anything I’m doing different.”
As he continues to blossom into a veteran leader capable of filling multiple roles, Curry is settling in nicely in Philadelphia. Despite the drama surrounding Simmons’ future with the team, Curry believes they still have the right pieces to make a run this season.
“I feel like we have enough to compete with anybody in the league,” Curry told HoopsHype’s Michael Scotto.
“I think we showed that early in the season. Having a guy like Joel out there and the complimentary pieces we have with the attention he draws and us on the defensive end, it’s good enough to be a contender in this league. We’ve just got to get better as the season goes along and figure out who we are with what we have on the team.
“We should be able to compete with anybody.”
Curry is in the third year of a four-year, $32 million deal he signed in Dallas and as the 76ers are looking to continue to build a championship contender, the sharpshooter says he hopes he’s around to be a part of it.
“I hope so,” Curry said of his long-term future in Philly.
“But I thought I’d be in Dallas for a long time, too, so you never know. It’s a crazy business. Things change fast. As a player, you want to be somewhere for a long time. It’s been a great fit. I love the energy in Philly. We’ll see what happens.”