Seth Curry

What an absolute gift and a curse it is to be Stephen Curry‘s younger brother. Despite the wild expectations attached to the Curry name, prior to this season, Seth was on the rise.

During the 2016-17 season, Curry played in 70 games, averaged 12.9 points per game and shot over 42 percent from three-point range, flourishing in his role as a starter with the Dallas Mavericks.

Yet Curry did not play a game during the 2017-18 season as a stress fracture in his lower left leg led to season-ending surgery.

The Mavericks had high hopes for a backcourt tandem of Dennis Smith Jr. and Curry prior to the beginning of this season. However, despite his injury, the Mavericks are still high on the former Duke prospect, according to Eddie Sefko of the Dallas Morning News.

Owner Mark Cuban and president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson both said that the surgery won’t have an impact on Curry’s future with the team. “We would still love to bring him back,” Cuban said.

If Courtney Lee is eventually traded, the Knicks will need another shooter adept at coming off screens and curl plays from the baseline. Curry can absolutely handle that role. He continues to work on this skill.

In fact, prior to the 2016-17 season, the idea of playing in Rick Carlisle’s offensive system, which included a lot of off the ball movement, was something that interested Curry quite a bit, as Sports Illustrated‘s Rob Mahoney pointed out.

“Curry noted that in his free–agent meeting with the Mavs, Rick Carlisle walked him through the kinds of shots he can expect as well as some of the new wrinkles being built into the offense—particular flare sets, varying angles on ball screens—that could work specifically to Curry’s advantage.”

Fortunately for the Knicks, coming off a season-ending injury may mean that Curry can be signed on a cheaper contract. He could be a player that can fill a much-needed scoring role off the bench if Michael Beasley signs with another team and if Lee is traded.