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Thursday, August 1st, 2013 at 10:20 am  |  37 responses

Seth Curry Wants to Play for the Charlotte Bobcats


His older brother, Steph, once said the same thing (before he became a hero in The Bay, and fell madly in love with the Warriors’ fanbase). Now, former Duke standout Seth Curry — who went unpicked in the 2013 NBA Draft — is claiming he’d like to play for his hometown Charlotte Bobcats. Per the Sporting News: “For Seth Curry, son of a former Hornets sharpshooter, nothing would be better than to stay in Charlotte and play for the hometown Bobcats. ‘It’s my home,’ Curry said. ‘This is where I grew up. I would love to come back here and play.’ Although his preference is obvious, there is no certainty Curry will end up with the Bobcats, who will become the Hornets again in 2014-15. Curry is set to workout for the Bobcats in August, after passing up their Summer League offer and missing draft workouts because of a stress fracture in his right shin that required surgery. He already has training camp invites from the Wolves, Spurs and Warriors. [...] Charlotte could certainly use someone who plays Curry’s brand of basketball. The Bobcats shot 33.5 percent from the 3-point line as a team, and Ben Gordon was the only full-time player to average better than 35 percent, at 38.7 percent. Gerald Henderson, also a former Duke player, is more of a slasher and midrange shooter. He attempted only 102 3-point shots in his first three NBA seasons combined. While he nearly matched that total with 100 attempts in 2012-13, he only shot 33.0 percent from three, which is below average for a starting NBA shooting guard. ‘They have a lot of guys who can slash and create,’ Curry said of the Bobcats. ‘They have a few shooters, guys who can not 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.’ Curry created offense in his senior season at Duke with a shin injury so serious he even considered redshirting, something he called a ‘last resort.’ Coach Mike Krzyzewski allowed Curry to miss practices so he would be fresh for games. It worked. Curry played out a successful senior season that ended with an Elite Eight loss to Louisville.”

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  • Roy Blumenfeld

    His dad does the TV broadcasts for Bobcat games. It could happen. Not many people think of Charlotte as a “dream” destination, but I see no reason why Curry shouldn’t get a shot for making the team.

  • spit hot fiyah

    did they even say what the problem was with his shin?

  • shockexchange

    The Shock Exchange has a saying for moments like this, “Just when he thought he’d heard it all …”

  • pposse

    AT the end of the day, the Bobcats still need to sell tickets to the games. What better way to do it than to bring in the hometown kid onto the team.

  • shockexchange

    By actually winning some?

  • pposse

    c’mon now, that task is about 5-10 years away still.

  • Stan

    He’d have been much better off staying at Liberty and being able to play a true game. That’s what Steph did at Davidson. I know his intentions were good going to Dook and trying to do the big-time thing, but Coach K turned him into a stand-still shooter chunking up 8-12 three’s a game. K is a rat, no doubt about it, but his job is to win college games, not get players ready for the NBA. And he is really good at not developing any of his talent. Been happening for 3 decades.

  • shockexchange

    LOL. The Shock Exchange was just ribbing you a lil bit, just making sure you were awake.

  • MUBWAR

    how come no 1 drafted him or that no team signed him yet? is it the height? cause 17.5 points on 44% shooting from deep is amazing. good luck 2 u seth

  • GC

    Come to the Thunder!

  • Da Real

    Hometown legacy player who can actually play a bit, why not? They could do worse at the 14/15th spot

  • Seth

    I don’t think signing an undrafted kid is going to sell tickets, but it’s a nice thought.

  • Dfrance

    Didn’t really show that he can run a team or create off the dribble or create shots for others. He’s not athletic either. The numbers look nice, but he got them largely off kick outs and open 3s in transition.

  • Ishmael Jenkins

    Disagree. He gets a different type of player/dude than the other coaches get. Look at the guys he gets compared to the guys Roy Williams, Calipari, Bill Self, and the other good/great coaches get.

    In the past 20 years, the only star player who went to Duke and had the potential to go to the league and be great there regardless of the kind of coaching they received was Grant Hill. Jay Williams had a chance before the motorcycle accident. You could watch the other players they had who were great college players and see that they weren’t going to be great NBA players. Chris Duhon, Dunleavy, Jr., Corey Maggette, Will Avery, Trajan Langdon, Laetner, JJ Redick, etc. Jabari Parker is going to be a top 3 pick next year. He would be a top 3 pick regardless of which school he decided to attend. So it’s not Coach K’s coaching. It’s the kind of players who go to Duke. Seth could have stayed at Liberty and done extremely well. But he would still get weeded out eventually and show himself to be who he is. That’s what happens. Coach K is no idiot. If Seth turned into a stand-still shooter, that’s because it’s who he is as a player.

  • pposse

    there are potential promotional opportunities out there. I can see it now some promotional campaign like ‘If Seth Curry drops 10 pts everyone gets free big macs!’

  • Mack

    Kyrie… Irving?

  • Ishmael Jenkins

    Add him to the list of guys who were going to be great in the league regardless of which school they went to or which coach they played for.

  • bike

    Actually, by sheer numbers, Duke currently ranks # 1 in terms of sheer numbers of players in the nba. The knock was the lack of superstars which seems pretty lame.

  • Ishmael Jenkins

    Also a point that flies in the face of dude’s argument. The argument he made was about Coach K not getting players ready for the NBA and not developing talent. He has plenty of guys in the league. Few of them are or have been stars, but he’s not the reason for them not being stars in the NBA.

  • Ishmael Jenkins

    Nearly forgot about him because of the small number of games he played at Duke.

  • Clos1881

    This story should be titled Seth curry wants to play in the nba.

  • Stan

    I do respect your opinion, but I’m just telling you what 99% of coaches in the country know and think. He has had as many or more 5-star players as any other coach. He buries guys on the bench for a few years, then turns his guards into floor slapping 3 point bombers, and his big guys nothing but rebounders and screen-setters, all in the name of “honor” for playing at Dook. It’s all smoke and mirrors man. My sister coached there as a woman’s assistant for 6 years from 2002-2008, I have a lot of inside info regarding that program and the way things are ran there. We could talk for DAYS regarding K.

  • Majors

    Dude has a great point. Most obvious is the fact that not a single big name recruit from NC, SC or VA has gone there (unless you count Shavlik Randolph) in like 15 years. Those locals must know something.

  • Ishmael Jenkins

    You’re telling me what other coaches know and think…how many of them have you talked with? 5 star high school players don’t automatically transition into being star NBA players. Any casual fan knows that. We could be here all day talking about high school All-Americans who are now nowhere to be found. As for guards at Duke…take Austin Rivers. Great example. Coach K let him play his game. He didn’t hold him back or bury him on the bench. He isolated and played ball. Now look at his rookie season. Pretty uneventful. And now he may be buried on the bench behind Holiday, Gordon and Tyreke Evans. Is that Coach K’s fault? Not at all. Now take Kyrie. Did Coach K turn him into a “floor slapping 3 point bomber”? He may end up being the best individual player in the league who went to Duke.

    In this day and time with the 1 year out of high school rule for the NBA draft, guys go to coaches who have good records with getting guys into the league. Players who know they’ll be star players in the league regardless of who they play for in college can go to Duke…they have more options. And if they’re also good students, that also plays a part in going to Duke. But then there are star players who need to develop a little bit. Or they aren’t interested in finishing school. They pick Calipari or someone else who can get them to the league quickly and know how to groom them for the league. Look at how many guys who could skip college if they could have gone to Duke since that rule has been implemented…not many. Now look at Kentucky.

  • Ishmael Jenkins

    They know that if they’re talented enough already to get to the league but can’t go immediately because of the 1 year rule, their best bet isn’t Durham. Especially if they’re not all that interested in school. Imagine John Wall going to Duke instead of going to the man who had already sent Derrick Rose and Tyreke Evans to the league as top picks and Rookies of the Year. Why would he even think about doing that? Or even Ty Lawson. Or Kevin Durant from the DMV area.

  • MasterSplinter

    Um…are you forgetting about Carlos Boozer too?

  • MasterSplinter

    Shane Battier

  • bike

    With Coach K’s reputation coupled with Duke’s rich basketball history, he can pick and choose the type of player he wants. He stays away from big name recruits that might be trouble like he did with O.J. Mayo. He still gets 5-star recruits but notice they are never a problem while at school. And I seriously doubt you will find former Duke players complaining that Coach K never developed their talent.

    I really wonder how much any coach actually does in terms of getting a top notch recruit ready for the nba these days. The big names will only be there for one year and they have already been targeted for the league by scouts by the time they graduate HS.

  • hambone

    hor…nets !!!!! its the charlotte hornets

  • Ishmael Jenkins

    Good role player. Not a star or superstar.

  • Ishmael Jenkins

    Good player. Borderline star. Definitely not a superstar.

  • MasterSplinter

    Carlos Boozer has been on the all-NBA team, and an all-star, also won a gold medal with the USA team in 2008… Shane Battier has been a starter on the two teams with the longest NBA winning streak in the last ten years. Also, he has been a starter who is a key part to a team that has been to the finals the last three years, and won the championship the last two years.

  • Ishmael Jenkins

    ….None of that makes them star players. Boozer was all-NBA 3rd team. Guys like Eddie Jones made the 3rd team too in their career. Jamaal Magloire made an All-Star team too. Boozer barely played on that 08 Olympic team. Christian Laetner also has a gold medal. What’s your point? Like I said, Boozer…good player, borderline star, but not anything more. And Battier, great role player. Great teammate. Important piece of a winning team. But not a star.

  • BigA

    That is an awful idea.

  • MasterSplinter

    Coach K breeds winners and team players, and his players are solid players on contending teams. You sounds like you would rather have the flashy talented guy getting buckets in the gym and losing a few and winning a few, then the guy who has been taught to be an impact player and win all the games so you stay on the floor. You don’t need to be loud or have crazy stats to be an impact player. Both have gold medals with the USA senior team (hand picked from the NBA), and Shane battier has been on the all-defensive team twice.

  • Ishmael Jenkins

    You must not have read ahead. The comment I responded to was about Coach K not developing talent at Duke. Guys who became superstars in the league compared to other coaches. I pointed out that he doesn’t get guys who are talented enough to be superstar guys in the league unlike some of the other top coaches in the NCAA. They’re great in college, but not great players in the NBA. He’s only gotten a few, but those guys would have turned out to be great in the league regardless of where they went to school (Kyrie and Grant Hill). Boozer, Battier, Redick are not in that category. No one is saying those guys aren’t important players. All I said was they’re not star/superstar guys…because they’re not. Nothing you said takes away from the point I made. Winning gold medals as the 11th or 12th man on the Olympic Team doesn’t make you a star. And getting on the All-defensive team doesn’t make you a star either.

  • Ishmael Jenkins

    And Shane Battier doesn’t have a gold medal for the USA senior team. He played in 2001 on the Goodwill Games team that won gold. But that team chose young NBA players, not the great players they choose for Olympic teams.

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