How did the Erie BayHawks do last season?
Only one team in the D-League won less games than the Erie BayHawks in 2013-2014, and they, the Delaware 87ers, just happened to be playing in the inaugural season.
The BayHawks ranked in the bottom tier in both offense and defense. They had a talented roster, featuring the likes of C.J. Leslie, Ricky Davis and Scott Suggs, but couldn't put all the pieces of the puzzle together. They kicked off the season with a rough 0-7 start and never got back on track.
On the hardwood, the bright spot in their woeful season was Scott Suggs, who averaged 18.5 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 47 games. He set the franchise record for threes made in a season (120) and threes made in a single game (8). Off the court, the BayHawks set records in attendance with an eight percent growth from the prior season.
How good can the BayHawks be?
The BayHawks will have the luxury of rolling out three players with NBA talent once the season commences: Seth Curry, Kadeem Batts and Peyton Siva. The concern, however, is that the three of them will be on the Orlando Magic's radar all season long, leaving them susceptible to call-ups. If that's the case, the BayHawks could struggle to replace their production.
Outside of those three, the BayHawks put together a solid group of players from the draft in Daniel Coursey, John Bohannon, Lenzelle Smith Jr., Kevin Anderson, Travis Betran, Marcus Goode and Justin Simmons. Whether or not any of them can step up to the plate when the BayHawks need them to remains to be seen.
Who is the most likely call-up?
Following a standout rookie season in the D-League, in which he was named an All-Star, a member of the All-Rookie First Team and received two call-ups to the NBA, Seth Curry joins the Erie BayHawks under the watchful eyes of the Orlando Magic.
Curry signed a non-guaranteed training camp contract with the Magic and was waived prior to the season. But instead of letting him go back to the Santa Cruz, they traded a 2015 first round pick and the rights to Scott Suggs to the Warriors to acquire him.
There were concerns that Curry was a shooting guard trapped in a point guard's body heading into the 2013 NBA Draft, but he proved last season that he's capable of fulfilling both roles. The Magic are in need of someone who can backup Elfrid Payton and space the floor, which is why Curry could find himself wearing their pinstripes this season.
Who is the most intriguing assignee?
Devyn Marble, the 56th pick in the 2014 draft, performed well enough in preseason for the Magic to reward him with a three-year contract. With the Magic being rather deep at both the shooting guard and small forward position, though, Marble is destined to suit up for the BayHawks this season, even if only for a brief stint.
Marble improved greatly in each of his four seasons at Iowa, leaving room to believe that his best is yet to come. Now that the Magic have a single D-League affiliate, they can rest assured that Marble will develop in a system that is similar to theirs.
All in all, it's in the Magic's best interest to let Marble get some reps in the D-League. It's in Marble's best interest, too.
When will it be Seth Curry's time?
This is a big year for Seth Curry. With the Santa Cruz Warriors last season, his averages of 19.7 points, 5.8 assists and 1.4 steals per game made him one of the best point guards in the D-League.
Curry's work clearly didn't go unrecognized. He scored 49 points in five games at the Orlando Summer League with the Magic (only Victor Oladipo scored more points than him on the team). He then went on to average 10.2 points per game with the Phoenix Suns in the Las Vegas Summer League, which included a 26 point performance against the Milwaukee Bucks.
There's not much more Curry can do to get a shot in the NBA. A hot start with the BayHawks could just be the final tick in the box.