In an effort to ensure a maximally awkward Curry family Thanksgiving this year, Seth Curry told Fox Sports 1’s Undisputed this morning that he thinks he’s a better shooter than his brother, Stephen Curry:
This sounds pretty crazy (reminder: Steph Curry is the two-time reigning MVP and headed to the NBA Finals for the third year in a row), but as the above tweet notes, Seth did in fact have a better field goal percentage than Steph this season.
Still, it seems like this can’t possibly be right. If we went by field goal percentage alone, we’d have to concede that DeAndre Jordan is the best shooter in the league. And no one wants to do that, so let’s dive just a little bit deeper into the numbers.
Looking at effective field goal percentage (which accounts for the value of three-point shots, but does not consider free throws), Steph has the slight edge with 58.0 percent to Seth’s 57.8. But Seth takes the head-to-head three-point match up: he shot 42.5 percent for this season, while Steph, who went through a bit of a slump, hit a mere 41.1 percent of his shots from deep, well below his career average. The more famous Curry also takes more three-pointers per game, an astounding 10 this season; Seth Curry averages 4.6 attempts.
Seth’s case is stronger than I thought it’d be based on the shooting numbers, but I think the most favorable comparison is still the brothers’ salaries: the Mavericks paid Seth Curry $2.9 million last season. Steph earned $12.1 million.
These numbers obviously don’t take into account things like the defensive attentive Steph commands, but still. Mavericks fans have got to feel pretty good about getting a guy who can shoot almost as well as Steph Curry for less than a quarter of the price.