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A college star wants to play for the Bobcats? Meet Seth Curry.

Aug 1, 2013, 11:38 AM EDT

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Seth Curry, the Duke shooting guard, would play anywhere in the NBA at this point.

He went undrafted in June, in part due to an injury to his shin that required surgery and kept him out of draft workouts and Summer League. Now he’s looking at some training camp invites and trying to see if there is a place an undersized two guard — but one with a good outside shot — can latch on.

But if he had his choice, he’d want the Bobcats, Curry told The Sporting News. Yes, somebody coming out of college wants to play for the Bobcats.

“It’s my home,” Curry said (of Charlotte). “This is where I grew up. I would love to come back here and play…

“They have a lot of guys who can slash and create,” Curry said of the Bobcats. “They have a few shooters, guys who can knock down shots consistently, but I think they need more shooters. I can fill that role and be a guard who comes off the bench and scores.”

What Curry brings in terms of value is his shot — he hit nearly 44 percent of his looks from beyond the arc his senior season. The son of Dell and brother of Stephen, this is another Curry that can shoot the rock.

What held him back in the draft is everything else. He is 6’3” in shoes, which is undersized for an NBA two guard, and he lacks the length and explosive athleticism to make up for that. There are questions about his defense at the next level and his ability to create his own shot when defenders close out (although he improved on that at Duke).

Curry is set to work out for the Bobcats soon, and he will get a camp invite somewhere. He does have several camp invites on the table, he will choose the spot where he thinks he has the best chance to land a roster spot.

And that might be in his hometown of Charlotte. Even if the odds there (and everywhere are long).

  1. money2long - Aug 1, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    hold up..wow. first of all, forgive my ignorance…i didnt know he entered the draft. i certainly didnt even know he left duke. and i certainly didn’t know he was considered a star in college. or are we just loosely using the word star ?

    • 24thesho - Aug 1, 2013 at 12:20 PM

      Well, when your father was a relatively well known NBA player and your brother is a bcoming a star, then, the word star should be replaced by the word, “entitled”.

      • money2long - Aug 1, 2013 at 7:34 PM

        imagine how many thumbs down i wouldve got had i not prefaced my statement asking forgiveness.

      • ryanrockzzz - Aug 2, 2013 at 10:41 AM

        Maybe not so much “entitled” as “connected.” If his last name is Smith or something, there’s no way he’s getting an NBA shot.

    • tshake - Aug 3, 2013 at 2:17 AM

      he did NOT “enter” draft NOR did he “leave” Duke; he WAS a 5TH YEAR SENIOR!

  2. kevinravens1 - Aug 1, 2013 at 12:16 PM

    Denver should sign him. After losing Erik Green to Italy for a year, we need some guard help, not to mention he shot 44% from 3, which was the weakest point for the nuggets last season

    • no14mike - Aug 1, 2013 at 2:06 PM

      It wasn’t Erick Green’s idea to go to Italy; it was the Nuggets. They thought they had a “full” roster and wanted him to develop overseas first.

  3. kb2408 - Aug 1, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    So, basically his skill set is somewhere between his brother’s and his father’s. But great shooters are hard to find. Draining 25 footers over the out-stretched hand of a defender is still arguably the prettiest thing in all of sports. He will be on some team’s roster.

  4. pauliewalnuts90 - Aug 1, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    As a freshman phenom at Liberty, Seth Curry was a better freshman than Steph was. Following his success, he then elected to transfer to Duke and play in Coach K’s system. As a result, his numbers at the end of his career are not nearly as great compared to his brother— who basically was Davidson’s entire offense & had the green light every possession. All things considered, Steph Curry never had to share the ball with a player like Austin Rivers either.

  5. majorhavoc83 - Aug 1, 2013 at 1:22 PM

    “What held him back in the draft is everything else. He is 6’3” in shoes, which is undersized for an NBA two guard, and he lacks the length and explosive athleticism to make up for that. There are questions about his defense at the next level and his ability to create his own shot when defenders close out (although he improved on that at Duke).”

    This observation is spot on and that’s why he hasn’t been drafted at this point. It’s not the injury – NBA teams have drafted injured players (e.g., Nerlens Noel) – it’s the question marks about his play. That said, I do hope he gets the opportunity to tryout for a few teams. I think he deserves at least that, and then it’ll be up to him to bust his butt and prove he belongs.

  6. MyTeamsAllStink - Aug 1, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    look on the bright side!Theyll be the Hornets in 2014.

  7. asimonetti88 - Aug 1, 2013 at 2:44 PM

    Sounds like all the same questions people had about Stephen Curry

    • demasane - Aug 1, 2013 at 9:52 PM

      except the fact that Curry has never shown any ability or even desire to be a lead guard.

    • zlasher12 - Aug 16, 2013 at 12:42 AM

      Well the difference is, Seth came into college, and left college, as a one-dimensional 2 guard. Small 2 guard, great, GREAT shooter at the college level, but not a ball handler, not a defender. What is similar to Steph in this sense, is that he was a great shooter.

      Steph did exactly what Seth has done, for just 2 years, rather than 5, and in his Junior year, Steph devoted himself to turning into a real point guard, rather than just a shooter. He doubled his assist totals from his freshman and sophomore year of roughly 2.5-3 APG to nearly 6 APG his Junior year. Once he learned this skillset, he was more valuable to an NBA team.

      Seth did not learn ball handling skills at Duke, he didn’t learn to distribute a ton, he is just a shooter. I doubt 30 teams will pass up on a guy who is as good of a shooter as Seth is, but he is NOT the same player that his older brother was, coming out of college. He is somewhat smaller, somewhat older (2 years older than when Steph left), somewhat less of a shooter, somewhat less athletic, and much less better of a ball handler. That said, he is still capable of shooting his way onto an NBA team.

  8. dacapt704 - Aug 1, 2013 at 2:59 PM

    Come home Seth! We can desperately use a shooter in the back court

  9. caeser12 - Aug 1, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    Seth Curry has that, “Should have stayed in School” look.

    • caeser12 - Aug 1, 2013 at 4:36 PM

      * and slept.

      Damned Ipad.

    • demasane - Aug 1, 2013 at 9:54 PM

      he’s been in school only 5 years you know

    • tshake - Aug 3, 2013 at 2:22 AM

      he WAS A 5TH YEAR SENIOR!….”staying in school” was NOT an option.

  10. tomshoe - Aug 2, 2013 at 6:03 AM

    If you can shoot, you can be an NBA player.

    Good luck Seth.

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