Dallas Mavericks shooting guard Seth Curry, the younger brother of back-to-back MVP Stephen Curry, has stepped out of his brother’s shadow this season, rising to prominence after earning an opportunity in the midst of injuries and poor play from former starters.
The 6-foot-2 Duke standout had bounced around four different teams in his first three years in the league, as he scrounged for a niche in the NBA, getting his call this past offseason after signing a two-year, $5.9 million contract with the Mavs.
“It’s been amazing,” Stephen told reporters on Tuesday. “He’s taken advantage of the opportunity to be in that starting lineup and get significant minutes, and playing well. He’s got crazy confidence and swagger about him. You love to see that.”
“He obviously deserves it – to be in this league – and he’s been proving that every day he’s showed up, he does.”
The two brothers almost played together during the regular season, when Seth was part of the Santa Cruz Warriors and played in bits of the 2014-15 preseason with Golden State, ultimately making a two-game stint with the Phoenix Suns.
The few times they’ve gone against each other, it’s been as spirited and competitive as two brothers can be on a Sunday in the backyard, trading buckets and giving each other winks after their in-game antics.
“My pops was doing a game for the Hornets, he was doing some stat research, or whatever, that showed the three-point percentages. And there was two Currys on the list, both S. Curry. And Seth was up here, and I was down here. He made sure to take a picture of that and send it to both of us.”
Seth Curry is averaging 12.7 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 2.8 assists while shooting a very solid 47.9 percent from the floor and 43.1 percent from deep — besting the 46.1 and 39.3 respective marks of his older brother this season.