NBA Free Agency came to a halt yesterday after Kevin Durant announced that he will be joining the Golden State Warriors next season. Everyone is starting to forget about all the other big signings that happened this offseason due to Kevin Durant signing with the Warriors (still crazy to believe). But, one signing that did occur a little after the Durant announcement, was the signing of former D-League star Seth Curry. Curry was signed by the Dallas Mavericks yesterday to a two-year, $6 million deal.
Prior to his time in the NBA, Curry spent two seasons in the D-League on two different teams; the Santa Cruz Warriors during his rookie season (2013-2014) and the Erie BayHawks during the 2014-2015 season. For his D-League career, he averaged 21.9 PPG, 4.9 APG, and he shot 42.5 percent from deep.
After the D-League, he played in 44 games for the Sacramento Kings last season, and he averaged 6.8 PPG on15.7 MPG. Those numbers might not jump off the page at you, but towards the end of the season when Curry was given the green light to play more, he started to show off his true potential. In his last seven games, he averaged 16.4 PPG, 5.3 APG, and he shot 48.9 percent from beyond the arc.
Free agent guard Seth Curry is finalizing a two-year, $6M deal with the Dallas Mavericks, league sources tell @TheVertical.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) July 5, 2016
The Dallas Mavericks signed Curry for two years which puts him in a position where he'll probably be utilized more. Although the Mavs did re-sign Deron Williams and still have J.J. Barea, Curry will be a factor for the team due to his outstanding shooting ability. He shot 45 percent from three last year, and when he played more consistently for the Kings he shot even better. He obviously is not as gifted as a player or shooter as his MVP brother, but he has the shooting stroke in his genes and he could be one of the bigger under the radar steals of free agency.
It is really cool to see a D-League veteran get a shot to make some noise in the NBA. The Kings should have held on to Curry due to their fledgling backcourt, but the Mavs made one of the best low-risk, high-reward moves of NBA free agency.
Although Seth Curry might not seem like that big of deal, especially since it came after Kevin Durant's big decision, but this will prove to be a steal for the Mavs. Curry has paid his dues in the D-League and for the Kings, but now he should become a consistent role player for the Mavs and help out the team immediately. He will need to improve on defense, and must learn to take better care of the basketball during his time in Dallas.
Seth Curry will never be as good as his brother, and that is completely fine, but do not be surprised if Curry becomes the biggest steal of NBA free agency. Shooters are going to shoot and that is exactly what the Mavs are going to want Curry to do.