Splash by Blood
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Stephen Curry is the new poster boy for the NBA; you’ve been hiding under a rock if you haven’t heard of the baby faced assassin. What you may not know, is that Steph has a younger brother, Seth, who will now have his opportunity to make it in the league.
Following a successful 2015 Summer League stretch, Seth, the “Splash Brother” by blood, received offers from the Golden State Warriors, Charlotte Hornets, New Orleans Pelicans and the Sacramento Kings. As a result, Seth chose the Kings, signing a two-year deal, opposed to playing behind his big bro in Golden State. "I didn't want to go to Golden State," Seth said, according to Lee Jenkins of Sports Illustrated, "I didn't want to go back in Steph's shadow."
And rightfully so. In Golden State, the former Blue Devil would have faced an uphill climb for minutes against established vets like Shaun Livingston and Leandro Barbosa in addition to inheriting championship expectations. And it wouldn’t take long for the Steph comparisons to rain down on the younger Curry each time he touched the orange.
In Sac-town, Curry will be given the opportunity to start new and create his own identity. After two years of brief stints in the NBA and plenty of time in the D-League perfecting his craft, Seth is ready to make an impact at the next level and the Kings seem like a natural fit. Despite boasting guards Rajon Rondo, Marco Belinelli, Ben Mclemore and Darren Collison, Seth has the scoring capability and the ball-handling to earn time at both the point and the off guard, which plays to his advantage.
With dual-guard skills, it also doesn’t hurt that Seth shares the same skill his family is known for, and that’s shooting. With the Erie BayHawks, Seth shot 46 percent from behind the arc, the best on the team, while averaging 23.8 points and four assists. Fortunately for Curry, his shooting prowess is exactly what the Kings need.
Last year, the Kings shot 34 percent from deep, which ranked 20th in the league. – Maybe Peja Stojakovic can take off the suit and throw on a Kings jersey this season. Maybe the owner will fire Peja before the season starts. Who knows, it’s Sacramento. – Struggling from three coupled with the fact that DeMarcus Cousins, one of the best big-men in the league, will see his share of double-teams, will provide Curry with plenty of chances to do what he does best. Like Cousins, Curry can also benefit, playing alongside Rondo, who would rather pass the ball than be accused of shooting.
Rondo is a shell of his former championship self, but that doesn’t mean the former Boston Celtic has forgotten how to move the ball. Rondo is still one of the best floor generals in the game and also has experience playing with a shooter in Ray Allen. The Kings can play around with their lineups and feature Rondo and Seth, at times, which would present many opportunities for Seth score in a variety of ways.
There’s an opportunity for Curry to make a name for himself in Sac-Town and if the summer league was any indicator of what’s to come, Steph will have to share the family spotlight. In six games, Curry posted 24.3 points per on 45 percent shooting in addition to four rebounds and nearly three assists per.. Curry toyed through defenses, scored as he pleased and displayed a game that looked a lot similar to his older brother, except for the fact that Seth welcomes contact and is physical.
For his first season in the association, I believe Curry could see around 15-20 mins a game, averaging 8.0 points, 4 rebounds and 1 steal a game, subject to change. Depending on the production of the guards positioned higher in the depth chart, Seth’s numbers will either increase or decrease.
This will be an important season for Seth and how fun will it be when the Kings and Warriors matchup? Sounds like must-see TV.