It is hard to argue that the biggest moves the Sixers have made thus far in their abbreviated offseason have been other than those related to spacing on the perimeter. First, they added spacing by subtracting Al Horford, and acquired seasoned shooter Danny Green in the same transaction. Then, they flipped ill-fitting wing Josh Richardson in a one-for-one deal that netted them sharpshooter Seth Curry, the younger brother of star point guard Stephen Curry. The younger Curry, a career 44.3% three-point shooter, made his introduction to the Philadelphia media contingent on Thanksgiving Eve.
“I feel like I can compliment those guys really well”
Curry made it known that, while getting acclimated to a new team will take time, he believes the marriage can flourish. “I was excited about it [the basketball fit],” Curry said. “Obviously got two guys in Ben and Joel who draw a lot of attention, who can score in the paint, and are willing passers and are unselfish. I feel like I can compliment those guys really well, as far as spreading the floor, make plays without the ball, with the ball. Just bringing a different element to that team. I feel like we got better as a team, overall. We still got a lot of room to improve roster-wise and fit-wise, just integrating the new team and coaching staff and some guys in the front office.”
Curry continued speaking of his excitement when asked about playing with one Sixer in particular.
“He’s one of the best guys in this league on both sides of the ball.”
Seth Curry’s primarily role will be to provide shooting depth for a team that so desperately lacked anyone capable of prolific three-point shooting. The Morey-Brand leadership’s first series of moves communicate a strategy of returning towards the product fielded in 2017-18. That team featured JJ Redick, who had the most prominent role of his career.
It’s not unreasonable to believe Curry will be featured in a similar way, and he’s excited about wearing the same uniform as Ben Simmons. The 24-year-old point forward, I might add, led the NBA in assists on three-point shots last season. Curry said of playing with Simmons: “A lot excites me. First of all, he’s a good player, man. He’s one of the best guys in this league on both sides of the ball. Get downhill, no one can really stay in front of him one-on-one. You gotta put two guys in front of him to stop a layup, so that’s where guys like me and Danny can help him create space to drive and create shots for other people. Me and him are a perfect match; he’s a bigger ball-handler who can make plays and defend multiple positions and I’m kind of a smaller scorer who spreads the floor and shoots. I can score multiple ways, guard smaller guys and point guards. I look forward to working with him.”
Don’t get it twisted, though. He and Redick may be similar in their simplified jobs on the court, but Curry doesn’t feel that he and JJ Redick are necessarily that similar in craft.
“My game can adapt in a lot of different ways.”
Curry understands that his reputation has been built on his prowess as a long-distance shooter, but that doesn’t mean he thinks he’s just like every catch-and-shoot sniper out there. When asked whether he was going to follow the mold that Redick shaped during his stint in Philly, Curry was quick to advertise his own versatility. He said, “I score in a little bit of a different way than JJ, as far as from the floor a little bit more. Whatever Joel is comfortable with, I’m trying to make life easier for him and Ben. My game can adapt in a lot of different ways. That’s why I’ve been able to have a successful career so far, be able to do a lot of different things on the offensive side of the court. Whatever situations Doc puts me in, I’m ready to go.”
Curry is confident that his game is more expansive than that of a traditional standstill sniper. But, he understands that the jump shot has helped his career last.
“I don’t know if I’ve become a better shooter, I’ve always been a good shooter.”
Curry knows he must keep his shooting sharp so that he doesn’t lose his advantage as a player. He knows that his outside range has always been there–his three-point conversion rates suggest as much–but now it’s about becoming a more calculated shooter. Curry said, “I don’t know If I’ve become a better shooter, I’ve always been a good shooter. Most important for me is where I get my shots and how I create shots. If I create the right amount of shots, I’m going to shoot a pretty high percentage. When I step on the court, I focus on how I can get my shots and how I can get shots I can make at a high clip. I think during my career I’ve gotten better at creating shots. Not just being a three-point shooter, but being able to score at the rim. At all three levels, really. That does open up more three-point shots for me.”
It goes beyond being calculated, Curry insists. His game opens up more by being unpredictable, and he trusts his work ethic to make him that much harder to read. “Just working on it every day,” he said. “Just finding those positions where I can continue to get my shots every night. My reputation, teams aren’t just gonna let me catch and shoot all game. I gotta find different ways to be effective on the offensive end. When I put the ball on the floor a couple of times and get to the hole or shoot the midrange, that allows my three-point shot to open up and get better looks from beyond the arc. I gotta be effective from all areas, especially for my size.”
Curry’s confidence exudes in his play. But his belief in himself extends farther back than when his NBA career took off.
“I’m getting better every year. Continue to add things to my game, and get healthier while I do it.”
Curry remains as confident in his game as ever. In fact, he believes that his hard-fought journey to stick in the NBA was more about physical misfortune than lacking skill. Curry said, “Every time I stepped on the court, I feel like I played well and shot the ball at a high clip. I feel like the injuries have held me back. Coming out of college and having surgery. And then a few years ago when I was in Dallas. I’m getting better every year. Continue to add things to my game, and get healthier while I do it.”
Curry’s confidence is a long-empowered characteristic. Even with expectations high and the spotlight on his brother, he remains unwavering in his self-belief and focused on what he can control.
“Let everybody compare however they want.”
Curry understands that the spotlight will always be on his brother, a future Hall of Famer. But, the younger guard remains committed to his own journey. Curry spoke on his mentality, saying “Just focus on what I do. I play basketball the way I know how to play it. I grew up under the spotlight in some sense. It got larger as Steph became an MVP candidate and one of the best in the league. It’s just no different for me and my process and the way I go about doing things. Knowing who I am as a player and maximizing what I do. Let everybody compare however they want.”
Seth Curry had the second best scoring output, most three-point attempts, and highest three-point shooting percentage of his career this past season. Judging by his confidence and understanding of his role, new highs may be upon the 30-year-old guard.