The Golden State Warriors’ recent addition of undrafted rookie Seth Curry has drawn both puzzled and complimentary reactions from analysts around the league. The deal is non guaranteed and only extends through training camp right now. Therefore it carries little risk for the team, but what compelled the Warriors to sign essentially the same player as their star guard Stephen Curry, Seth’s older brother?
For reference, Seth Curry’s Duke stats are 17.5 points per game on 46.5 percent shooting and 43.8 percent from beyond the arc, so clearly he can help extend the floor. Moreover, having elite shooters on the bench is never a bad thing, but at some point, there becomes a glutton of one type of player, and not enough wing defense. Seth’s defensive abilities are about where Steph was when he first entered the league, possibly worse because he is even smaller than Steph is. If Seth can bulk up this summer and continue to show progress throughout the season, there’s a chance that he sticks with the squad.
Seth likely won’t play much if he even makes the team. That said, looking forward, obviously him and Steph have chemistry. At worst, the Warriors are paying a few extra hundred thousand to keep their franchise player happy, with the potential of having a lights out shooter to bring off the bench in a few years. Maybe they end up sending him to Santa Cruz for a few years. Unfortunately, it looks like the two can’t be together on the court at the same time due to their similar builds and inability to defend bigger guards. While it would likely create matchup nightmares for opponents because they would never be able to help defend off the shooters, but what back court would the Curry brothers be able to defend? None is the answer.
While Seth doesn’t fill a need at the moment, the Warriors are on the hunt for a back up point guard, and Seth could fill that role. But not this year. He is a long term project, and it would be a coach’s dream to bring a Stephen Curry clone off the bench so that their elite shooting touch never leaves the floor, but as of September, Seth does not crack the current bench rotation.
Seth definitely fits into Mark Jackson’s type of player: one who is hard nosed, deeply religious, works hard, and has one definable skill; elite shooting. Adding another Curry would good for morale, and would absolutely keep Steph level headed, not that he has any issues with that. Signing Seth may not impact the 2013-14 season, but has the chance to pay greater dividends down the line.