News is hard to come by in the dry days of August but Mailbags are flowing from the tap. In this edition, we're taking a look at Duke graduate Seth Curry. Curry went undrafted in this year's NBA Draft but has gotten several training camp invites.
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Here we go.
Is undrafted Seth Curry worth the Magic taking a look at?
An undersized shooting guard who can knock down open threes but struggles defensively and can't run the point? Sounds a lot like E'Twaun Moore and Doron Lamb.
All snark aside, Curry is going to get several training camp invitations. He's deadly from outside and there's always room in the NBA for knock down shooters. It doesn't hurt that he carries the Curry family name -- his father Dell was one of the best shooters in NBA history and his brother Stephen will probably be in that equation too when all is said and done.
Seth Curry improved his scoring ability drastically from his junior to senior seasons at Duke: his points per game increased, as did his three point percentage. However, his increased scoring role hindered his development at the point guard position as Quinn Cook handled running the team's offense in 2012/13. Curry's assist rate in his senior season was a hair under 10 percent, down almost six percent from his junior year.
What Curry shows is an advanced game running the pick-and-roll. He mostly looks to score but he did show decent floor vision and displayed a good feel for the game when dribbling off a pick. His development in setting up teammates will be essential in finding the right fit as a role playing combo-guard for an NBA team.
On the Magic front, there's nothing wrong with extending him a training camp invite, though there's reports that he wants (yes, wants) to play for the Charlotte Bobcats. The only problem is that he seems to fit the mold of players that Orlando already has, in Moore and Lamb. And he's already over eight months older than Lamb. It's not so much against Curry as a player as it doesn't make a whole lot of sense for Orlando.
Why do you think he went undrafted and no one has taken a chance on him.
He most likely went undrafted because of shin surgery that kept him out of Draft workouts and Summer League. Apparently he played through injury his entire senior season and decided that surgery after his senior season was his best route. Injuries didn't keep Anthony Bennett, Alex Len, or Nerlens Noel (three of the top six) from being drafted, but Curry was never looked at as highly as a prospect. He was a solid second-rounder before the surgery and I like to think he would have been drafted had he been healthy and was able to perform for teams during pre-draft workouts.
There's also questions of whether he will be able to defend in the NBA. Is he big enough to defend shooting guards? Is he fast enough to check point guards? Or will teams have to constantly try to "hide" him on defense? Those are questions teams and GMs asked about Curry before the shin surgery. It's not hard to see how he was passed over during the 2013 NBA Draft.
That's all we got for this edition of the Orlando Pinstriped Post Mailbag. Remember: Evan and I are always fielding questions. You can send those to us at OPPMailbag@gmail.com or you can post them on our Facebook page.