Davidson College. Total undergraduate population in March of 2008: 1,674. It was a beautiful Cinderella run by one of the greatest three-point shooters of all-time Steph Curry. Curry and Davidson, on national television, beat perennial powerhouses Gonzaga, Georgetown, and Wisconsin. In the Elite Eight, the baby-faced assassin nearly led his Wildcats to a victory over Kansas. Down two, instead of Curry shooting, the future MVP and world champion passed the ball to a teammate. It was the best shooter in the history of basketball, arguably, deferring to a teammate who never played in the NBA. In the blink of an eye, well less actually, Curry is able to plant, elevate, and snap his wrist. Splash. It is a thing of beauty. Art at it’s finest. A witness to God’s ability to bless human beings with a talent to change the world. When combined with his coming out of a small college, along with durability concerns after chronic ankle problems, Steph Curry and his “normal person” body became a modern-day sensation. The number 30, the mouthpiece, etc. In a way, he was the kid who made it that we rooted for and knew deserved it. Now, imagine being the younger brother of that such athlete. That is where Seth Curry resides. Steph’s story is a fairy tale. Seth’s is a prime example of an undersized and under-recruited combo guard, with excellent genes but awful luck.
It was Stephen Curry himself, back in 2008, who claimed that his brother Seth was going to be as good or better than he was himself. Yet, 6’2 185-pound snipers are never a sure thing at the National Basketball Association level. Regardless of the name on the back of his jersey, Seth went undrafted in 2013 after averaging 17.5 points per game as a senior at Duke University. Fans may have seen him in this years or last years NBA playoffs, rushing the court to give Steph hugs after winning a game. No one saw the want and dedication to make one’s dream come true. The late-night workouts at Golden State’s practice facility, the early morning drills at Beverly Hills High, a trip to Cleveland to the finals when he stole away to practice at a high school gym. Like any brother, Seth is obviously happy for his brother’s success and what he has accomplished. Yet, one wants it for themselves too. Over the course of the previous two seasons, Seth has dominated the NBA Development League. He has averaged 23.8 points per game while sinking 46.7% of his three-point shots. Seth has had his “Steph” like moments during his stint in the NBA Development League as well. Moments like the time he reeled off 25 points against Delaware in the fourth quarter and overtime. Or the time when he was able to shake off a slump, starting 0 for 10 against Sioux Falls, and emerging from the bench to nail the game winner. So given Seth’s dynamic skills and famous bloodline, why did it take so long for a team to claim him? People say that being a Curry is what may have helped him reach new levels, sometimes though I think it is the opposite.
Seth’s father and his agent, Alex Saratsis at Octagon, devised a plan. Seth would spend up to two years in the D-League, chasing his lifetime dream of reaching the NBA. If he did not reach it by fall of 2015, then Seth would head overseas and earn as much money as he possibly could. Golden State, sensing an opportunity for marketing purposes, signed Seth two months after the draft and sent him to their affiliate in Santa Cruz. Seth scored 36 points in his first game. Due to the D-League rules, any NBA team could nab him, It was Memphis that came allying two months into his pro career. He assumed that his dues were finally paid. Just for the Grizzlies to then waive him the same day he made his debut for them. The Cleveland Cavaliers were the next team to snag Seth. Seth was able to sink a corner three in his first game for the Cavs against the Houston Rockets. Yet, he did not play a single minute afterward for Cleveland, returning to Santa Cruz, where he once again went off. Dropping 44 points in a playoff game 10 days later in the D-league. His return to the D-League came with the pairing of Mychel Thompson in the backcourt with him. Michael Thompson is the brother of Golden State shooting guard Klay Thompson. Seth and Mychel would get called “the splash brothers”, the nickname for the more accomplished and famous siblings of theirs.
Overtime Seth addressed one concern in regards to his game, another surfaced. Focus more on defense? Okay, he would. The score in ways other than jump shots? Okay, Seth started to develop his drive game. It was as if anything Seth would do, it would be compared to the MVP instead of the individuals in the D-League, who he was dominating. Offers from clubs in Europe and Asia poured into his agent’s office. The offers were rejected by Seth. He couldn’t escape the comparisons to his brother and former NBA player, Dell Curry who was his father. Seth was able to create his own story, though. Six months remained until his self-imposed deadline. If he did not get signed then it was off to Europe. It was after tearing up the Summer League that the offers came in. It was the Sacramento Kings who made the strongest offer for Seth’s services. They were not the only team, though. The Pelicans, Hornets, and Warriors all jumped in as well. Seth chose to wear the number 30, like his father and brother before him, the emblem of basketballs first family. Heading into the 2016-2017 NBA season, Seth Curry is battling for minutes on the Dallas Mavericks. He has been the victim of unreasonable exceptions and the beneficiary of invaluable experience. Drills with his father Dell at Charlotte Coliseum. H-O-R-S-E games with brother Steph, games that would last for up to two hours. Whatever the price attached to the “Curry” name and number, it was clearly worth paying. Seth was able to receive optimal training without preferential treatment. He has earned to right to make his own splash…… – G.