As Seth Curry continues to emerge, not only as one of the best players in all of the D-League, but also a strong NBA call-up candidate, it's clear the Erie BayHawks employ one of the bigger and more popular names in the minor league. In recently acquiring NBA veteran and subsequent champion Austin Daye, they've also reeled in yet another known talent.
And then, there's also Peyton Siva, of course. The point guard landed in Erie this past fall after spending NBA training camp with the affiliated Orlando Magic. Before that, he went through the motions of a rookie campaign with the Detroit Pistons last season, often spending time on assignment with D-League champion Fort Wayne Mad Ants.
Needless to say, his positive work ethic and education gained him favor on the D-League level. Now, he's letting his play do the taking as a full-time minor leaguer while looking to break back into The Association.
On one hand, Curry has thrived this season while finally being allowed to strut his stuff as more of a dominant scorer. Despite his relatively smaller frame, he's been able to embrace his role as a bonafide two-guard. Clearly, he's taken the league by storm.
But in the meantime, Siva has been right by his side. With Curry serving as shooting guard, Siva is comfortably slotted in the lineup as the team's pure floor general. There's no confusion, and as such, Siva is free to rise up as one of the utmost efficient playmakers the D-League has seen this season. He's not only averaged 11.5 points and 3.6 rebounds, but also 7 assists and 1.3 steals through 26 contests.
The former Louisville is an intelligent player complete with steady court-vision and patience. He sees the floor well, but still needs to cut down the turnovers. But as far as dependable distributors go, Siva is among the best in the minor league. In a league full of players looking to impress on their own, point guards included, the 24 year old is able to stand out due to his determination and desire to get his teammates involved instead.
As the NBA trade deadline passes and buyouts occur, big league teams should still keep Siva in mind as they strike out on some of the other veteran players that become available in the coming days.