With the likes of Tim Hardaway Jr. and Glen Rice Jr. making headlines this week (due to their fathers' past NBA careers) as they go through draft workouts in hopes of catching the eye of an NBA team, Duke's Seth Curry continues to fall below the radar.
The guard's father, Dell Curry, emerged in the 1990s as one of the more reliable sixth men and three-point shooters in the league. His brother, Stephen Curry, is a rising star for the Golden State Warriors.
So what does the future hold for the younger Curry?
The Duke guard's overall skill-set isn't quite as versatile as that of the other NBA legacy guards hopeful of getting drafted later this month. He's not the quickest player, and thus, sometimes struggles to keep up defensively with other players his size. What's more, at just 6'3", Curry is an undersized shooting guard, and doesn't appear ready to make the transition over to point guard, as evidenced by his struggles to do so while at Duke.
But the good news is that Curry can shoot, and as steady playoff contenders in the NBA know all too well, there's always room for shooters.
Having shot 44% from deep (and 49% overall) at Duke during his senior season, Curry proved to be one of the better shooters from long range in the NCAA on his way to averaging 17.5 points. Aside from a sweet shooting stroke, the guard also owns that killer instinct. He owns a very bold confidence, and has no fear being aggressive and taking the big shot when necessary.
If even only in spurts, shooters are always necessary to help spread the floor. They have to handle the pressure that comes along with waiting for their moment. When an NBA star is double-teammed with the seconds of a key game dwindling down, a shooting specialist needs to keep himself poised for that moment where he'll need to catch the ball and knock down a dagger once he frees himself up.
Plenty of players (such as the elder Curry and Steve Kerr did so back in the day, and the likes of Kyle Korver and Steve Novak have been doing so recently) have made quite a living off embracing such a role, and perhaps the younger Curry could, at the very least, begin his career that way too.
As it stands, the Duke alum is slated to be drafted in the middle to later parts of the second round of the NBA Draft. He may not have all the tools to become a complete NBA player at this point, nor may he ever get them.
That said, Curry's uncanny ability to shoot the basketball and embrace the pressure are two characteristics every winning basketball teams looks for at one point or another.
He could be worth taking a shot on. If drafted in the second round, the contract Curry signs will likely be a non-guaranteed one. This would give an NBA team the freedom to explore different options while keeping the young gun aboard and seeing if he has what it takes to ultimately be ready to compete in the NBA come next fall.
Allowing him to participate in NBA Summer League next month, against fellow NBA hopefuls and/or currently contracted prospects would be step number one. From there, Curry could emerge as an underdog during training camp.
Should he not make the cut but still do enough to intrigue an NBA executive or two, Curry could be kept in an organization's fold and be watched closely, should he choose to stay stateside and play in the D-League, rather than embarking on an overseas career just yet.
With so much promise, Curry should spent next season trying to catch on with an NBA team one way or another. Taking his skill set and confidence level into consideration,