As summer league continues on, we’ll continue to have analysis rolling in on some of the Mavericks’ new free agent acquisitions. Later today, Josh will have a more in-depth analysis of Seth Curry, but before that, we decided to put a few questions to the bloggers who have seen him in action a little more recently.
Greg Wissinger of our sister blog Sactown Royalty was kind enough to answer a few questions about Seth, his past season with the Sacramento Kings, and what we may (or may not) be able to expect from the younger Curry brother.
You can find Greg on Twitter @gwiss, and he is well worth your follow. Thanks for the time, Greg!
The comparisons to his brother are obviously going to be there, but how is Seth's game different from Steph’s? What do you think his ceiling is?
First, to state the obvious, Seth is a far more limited player. Still a very good shooter, but isn't as strong creating off the dribble as Steph. He's good in short bursts, and might be capable of more in the right situation, but the comparisons to his brother make evaluating Seth difficult. At Sactown Royalty we often wondered how we might think of Seth if he had a different last name.
We know he’s a skilled shooter, but what does he offer as a passer and as a slasher who can drive to the basket?
I don't think of Seth as much of a slasher. Very few of his shots last season came from a pass into a cutting Curry. He's prone to work to create his own shot, and while he's decent at finishing, his real strength is his ability to pull up on a dime or hit a floater. As for passing, he's a decent passer, but not what I would consider a distributing guard.
How would you grade him as a defender? Does he have the ability to play against bigger opponents?
This is the bad part of the Seth Curry experience. He's simply an awful defender. He stood out as a bad defender on a Kings team that was terrible on defense. Last season he gave up 107.7 points per 100 possessions, and this is a case where the stats support the eye test.
The Mavs will be Seth's fifth team in four years, with a couple stints in the D-League besides. What is it that has kept him bouncing around, and how has he improved on those flaws, if at all?
Seth had some bad luck with injuries early in his career, and then had trouble finding a team willing to give him a shot beyond a 10-day contract. I think he deserves a spot in the league, especially given the premium placed on outside shooting. His defense and his ability to impact a game outside of his shooting will determine just what the remainder of his NBA career looks like.
Anything else you feel Mavs fans might want to know about Seth?
Extremely likable player. We often lamented that George Karl wouldn't play him more last season, and Seth looked really solid when he finally got a little more playing time at the end of the year. I'm interested to see how he fits with Carlisle. It will either bring out the best in Seth, or he could end up buried at the end of the bench. I worry that there may not be much a middle ground. I hope it works out, though.