When the Dallas Mavericks traded Seth Curry to the Philadelphia 76ers for Josh Richardson last offseason, it was deemed a win-win move. After all, the Mavs are getting a defensive specialist that can help Luka Doncic while the Sixers are getting an elite sharpshooter around Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons.
Now, the Mavs are probably regretting that decision.
Not only did the Mavs need an elite scorer and sharpshooter in their first round series against the Los Angeles Clippers, but they also did not get much production from Richardson when it mattered most. Meanwhile, Curry is playing really well for the Sixers and has been pivotal in their showdown with the Atlanta Hawks.
In fact, an astounding stat shows how much Curry has been a difference-maker for Philly as compared to Richardson for Dallas:
Seth Curry has scored 34 points so far tonight for the 76ers.
Josh Richardson, the player the 76ers traded for Curry, scored 34 in a seven-game series for the Mavericks.
— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) June 17, 2021
Yes, Josh Richardson scored only 34 points for the Mavs in their seven-game series against the Clippers. He even laid an egg in the pivotal Game 7 as Dallas went on an early exit.
Meanwhile, prior to Game 5 versus Hawks, Seth Curry was averaging 16.7 points on 55.8 percent shooting for the Sixers. In the series against Atlanta, he even bagged back-to-back 21-point outings in Games 1 and 2.
Seth finished Wednesday's contest with 36 points on 13-of-19 shooting. Unfortunately, though, the Sixers fell short as Trae Young and Co. staged another massive comeback for the W.