Seth Curry Nearly Ended Pursuit For NBA Contract In 2015

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Philadelphia 76ers shooting guard Seth Curry has developed himself into one of the most feared shooters in the NBA. He is making a name for himself outside of the shadow of his brother, Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors, and is working hard to do so.

Curry has become an integral part of the 76ers game plan offensively. He is a key floor spacer but has augmented his game more in recent seasons to become much more than just a spot-up shooter.

This season he is averaging a career-high 15.4 points per game, knocking down 43.5 percent of his 3-point attempts. That is actually a down season for him, as it is below his career 3-point percentage of 44.4 percent. He is also chipping in 3.2 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 33.2 minutes per game.

Curry has taken a long road to get to this point. He was overlooked throughout his basketball career, as he wasn’t highly recruited heading into college and went undrafted when he declared for the NBA Draft.

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He has cemented himself as a starter in the NBA, but he was very close to not realizing this dream. Had it not been for a break with the Sacramento Kings, we wouldn’t know Curry as he is today.

In a recent interview with HoopsHype, Curry revealed just how close he came to ending his pursuit of an NBA contract. He was asked if he ever considered playing overseas, and it was something he already had a plan for.

“I did. When I went undrafted, I kind of set aside a plan to go the 10-day route, the G League route, or the non-guaranteed deals the first two years. If I didn’t get a guaranteed deal after my first two seasons, I knew I had the option to go overseas and probably make a lot of money and play over there. I gave myself a two-year window to try to stick in the NBA and get a guaranteed deal. Luckily, that last Summer League before that two-year window was up, I signed a guaranteed deal in Sacramento.”

Curry signed that deal with the Kings in 2015 and as they say, the rest is history. In that season with the Kings, Curry averaged 6.8 points per game, knocking down 45 percent of his 3-point attempts. He appeared in 44 games, starting nine of them, averaging 15.7 minutes per game.

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Seth Curry had his big break with the Dallas Mavericks during the 2016-17 season at 26-years old and he has been a rotation player ever since. He played in 70 games that season, starting 42 of them. He knocked down 42.5 percent of his 3-point attempts and averaged 12.8 points per game.