He’s a product of the famous sports playing Curry family. As he displays his skills in the NBA, he’s got an adroit arm like his mother Sonya who played college volleyball. He has a scoop shot and a step-back jumper similar to his brother Stephen (Steph). And he bounds around screens and finds open spaces like his father, former NBA player Dell Curry. But Seth Curry, the savvy choice-maker is his own man, apropos to say for someone with fitting initials and demeanor. But before Seth became his own man, he was his parents’ boy who grew up in North Carolina.
Seth Adham Curry was the second child of three children born to Dell and Sonya Curry in Charlotte, North Carolina on August 23, 1990. Seth grew up in Charlotte, as his father Dell played for the Charlotte Hornets. As a child, Dell would take his young sons Seth and Steph to his games where they would often shoot around with the team during warm-ups. Seth found it fascinating to be on the court shooting hoops with his fathers’ teammates, and this fueled his interest in basketball. After shooting hoops during team warm-ups, Seth would watch his father play, observing his moves and style, and during recreation time, he often battled his brother Steph on the court. Soon, Seth began battling people his own age in organized basketball as he found himself on the basketball roster at Charlotte Christian High School. Seth also found himself on another roster, namely on the honor roll all four years, as his academic performance was just as important as his athleticism. Seth soared in hoops, for he was a three-year starter for the Knights’ basketball team. Seth helped lead Charlotte Christian to a 105-24 overall record, including a state finals appearance in 2006. As a junior, he averaged 13.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 2.0 steals. As a senior, Seth averaged 22.3 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 5.0 assists. He was a four-year letter winner at Charlotte Christian. At the end of the season during his senior year in 2008, Seth earned All-Conference, All-State, and First Team CSAA-All American accolades. Seth was humbled and proud to earn these accolades. As a 2008 graduate of Charlotte Christian School, Seth had transitioned from a boy to a man. This man had definitely decided that his next move would be attending college. As Steph hoped that Seth would follow in his college footsteps, with a glow-in-the-dark marker, he once wrote on Seth’s bedroom wall “DAVIDSON.” But being his own man, the savvy choice-maker had his own plans. “Davidson was Steph’s campus. I didn’t want to attend Davidson. I wanted to do my own thing,” said Seth. Hence, Seth chose to attend Liberty University. Seth did his own thing on the court, and did it well. As a freshman, out of 35 games, Seth started 34 and averaged 4.4 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.4 steals, and 20.2 points, leading all NCAA freshmen in scoring, breaking the Big South Conference single-season scoring record for a freshman. Seth was named Big South Freshman of the Year and named to the Big South All-Conference Second Team and the NABC All-District Second Team. After a successful freshman season, the man decided to take his talents overseas, for during the summer 2009, Seth competed for the United States in the 2009 FIBA Under-19 World Championship in New Zealand, as in the final, the United States defeated Greece, 88-80. In the tournament, Seth averaged 9.0 points, 2.2 rebounds, and 1.1 assists. As Seth traveled back to the states, even after a successful freshman season, he decided to transfer to an ACC school in his home state of North Carolina to continue his basketball career and to get a great education. As the man who was the most coveted transfer available, the savvy choice-maker Seth choose to transfer to Duke University. Per transfer rules, Seth sat out the 2009-2010 basketball season, but was still actively preparing to play next season. “I used the season to both develop physically and adjust to the speed of the game at the ACC level,” said Seth. As a 2010-2011 third-year red-shirt sophomore, playing in 37 games, Seth had 19 starts and averaged 9.0 points, 1.8 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 1.4 steals. He tied for team lead with 64 three-point field goals. Seth was named second team ACC All-Tournament after averaging 10.7 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 2.0 steals during Duke’s title run. During Seth’s 2011-2012 junior season, playing in 34 games, he made 32 starts and averaged 13.2 points, the second highest team average. Seth also led Duke with 83 assists, and in steals with 43. In ACC play, Seth averaged 14.6 points and made 32 three-pointers in 16 games. Seth led the ACC in free throw percentage, making 87.3%. In Seth’s final 2012-2013 senior year at Duke, he averaged a team-high 17.5 points and earned a First Team All-ACC selection. Seth also earned Second Team All-America honors by Sporting News. Seth was proud of the accolades he earned in college.
In spite of his accolades and his tally of 2,101 career points in his total four seasons of playing college basketball, Seth went undrafted in the 2013 NBA Draft. Rather than gripe about or accept this verdict as his fate, the savvy choice-maker choose to simply focus on keeping it moving towards where he believed lied his destiny, eventually playing in the NBA. “I try to be the best player I can be. Personally, I don’t really motivate myself by outside situations. I am self-motivated and know my talents and what I can do, and I try to make the most of it,” said Seth. Not getting drafted was Seth’s impetus to persevere and prove that he was indeed NBA material. His road to the NBA was not easy, and although he saw others get drafted, he was not bitter, but rather driven to blaze his own trail to NBA territory. In August 2013, Seth signed a non-guaranteed contract with the Golden State Warriors, but two months later in October, he was waived and the next month in November, he was sent to their affiliate, the Santa Cruz Warriors of the NBA Development League (D-League). With being in the D-League where any NBA team could nab him, Seth received an early Christmas present, as on Christmas Eve, December 24, 2013, the Memphis Grizzlies signed him. In early January 2014, Seth made his NBA debut with the Grizzlies, but he was waived. A few days later, he was reacquired by the Santa Cruz Warriors. In February 2014, Seth was named to the Futures All-Star roster for the 2014 NBA D- League All-Star Game. In March, Seth signed a 10-day contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers and played, but a few days later, he returned to Santa Cruz. Playing in 38 games, Seth finished the 2013-2014 season in the NBA D-League averaging 19.7 points, 3.1 rebounds, 5.8 assists, and 1.4 steals in 34.7 minutes. Seth was named to the 2013-2014 NBA D-League Third Team and to the D-League All-Rookie First Team. While playing in Santa Cruz, as Seth was paired in the back court with teammate Mychel Thompson, at the same time, respectively, their brothers Steph and Klay were playing for the Golden State Warriors and called the “Splash Brothers.” As Mychel and Seth played in tandem on the court, they were nicknamed the “Splash Brothers” of the D-League. The savvy choice-maker who’s his own man and appreciates individuality, was less than thrilled with him and Mychel having to share the same nickname with another duo. “They called us the Splash Brothers of the D-League. I hated that. It was so corny. We didn’t even have our own nickname,” said Seth. What Seth did have was motivation to keep it moving. In July 2014, Seth joined both the Orlando Magic for the Orlando Summer League and the Phoenix Suns for the Las Vegas Summer League.
Two months later in September, Seth signed with the Magic and a month later, in a trade with the Santa Cruz Warriors, his D-League rights were acquired by the Magic’s affiliated team, the Erie BayHawks. As the Magic waived Seth, he was acquired by the BayHawks for the start of D-League training camp. Seth posted great stats in his November 14, 2014 debut for the BayHawks in their season opener, scoring 23 points on 9-of-24 shooting in a win over the Idaho Stampede. For the second time in his career, in February 2015, Seth was named to Futures All-Star team for the 2015 NBA D-League All-Star Game. In March 2015, Seth signed a 10-day contract with the Phoenix Suns. At the expiration of the 10-days, Seth returned to the BayHawks. During Seth’s 2014-2015 basketball season with the BayHawks, in 43 games, Seth averaged 23.8 points, 3.9 rebounds, 4.2 assists, and 1.4 steals. As Seth played his heart out for these various D- League teams, endeavoring to prove he was NBA material, general managers wanted to see more and more from Seth. They wanted to see him finish around the basket, defend bigger guards, they wanted his conditioning to improve, etc. In proving he was fit to play pro-hoops, Seth recalls how in addressing one concern, another would surface. “Can you focus more on defense? Ok, done. Can you score in ways other than jump shots? Ok, done. Can you shoot more free throws? Ok, done. There was always something. I didn’t know what else I could do,” said Seth. Scouts would often talk amongst themselves, comparing Seth to NBA players. “Scouts were comparing me to NBA MVP players instead of to the players in the D-League, a league that I was pretty much dominating,” said Seth. Seth was also being compared to family members. While Seth knows that people mention his facial resemblance to that of his father, and that people find similarities with him and Steph’s height and built, being his own man, Seth doesn’t care to be compared to his father or brother on the court, for the savvy choice-maker wants to be known as an individual and for his own moves on the hardwood. “When people watch me play, I want people to see what I can do. Not see what Steph can do, or my dad can do, and then assume that’s what I do. I want them to actually watch me play, and then decide who they think I am,” said Seth. While with the BayHawks, Seth continued to show what he could do, making savvy choices on the court. He scored 30 or more points eight times, operating on the ball and off. In the 43 games Seth played with the BayHawks, he drained 156 threes. Seth shot 66.7% in clutch situations. Seth threw flames from the perimeter, but also punished defenders who closed out too hard, driving past them for floaters and scoops. Being his own man, Seth indeed showed his own game on the court. Even so, there are always narrow-minded people who will compare Seth’s hoop skills to that of his brother and father, but Seth’s family keeps him encouraged and acknowledges that he is his own man. “Seth can’t escape the comparisons to me and our dad, but he can create his own story,” said Steph. Dell knows that while the public may talk about him and his son’s similarities on the court, he and his family refuse to feed in the tabloid fodder, and he acknowledges his sons as individuals. “The public can talk about that kind of thing, but we’re not talking about it in our house. I tell my sons all the time that they are not their dad. I highlight their individuality, and my sons know they are individual players. It is clear that they are two different people and that there are no comparisons,” said Dell.
As Seth played in the NBA D-League, invitations poured in Seth’s agent’s office, offering Seth a chance to play overseas. Seth’s agent, on behalf of the savvy choice-maker Seth, turned the offers down, for Seth is his own man who knew what he wanted, and playing overseas was not it. “I chose not to play overseas. That wasn’t what I wanted,” said Seth. Seth knew he was destined to play in the NBA and he wouldn’t stop until his dream came to fruition. In July 2015, Seth joined the New Orleans Pelicans for the 2015 NBA Summer League. Seth averaged 24.3 points and earned All-NBA Summer League First Team honors. In this same month, Seth finally got the opportunity he had been awaiting for so long. The Sacramento Kings offered him a spot in the NBA. But Seth also received offers from the New Orleans Pelicans, Charlotte Hornets, and the Golden State Warriors. Being his own man, Seth knew he didn’t want to play for the Warriors, as this would only perpetuate people comparing him to his brother. “I didn’t want to go to Golden State. I didn’t want to be in Steph’s shadow,” said Seth. While Seth was grateful for both the Pelicans’ and the Hornets’ offers, he decided to accept the opportunity to play with the Sacramento Kings. In late July 2015, Seth signed a two-year, $2 million guaranteed deal with the Sacramento Kings. Seth was ecstatic to both receive the chance to play in the NBA and to be chosen by the Sacramento Kings. As Seth was not with family or friends when this exciting moment happened for him, he called his friends and FaceTimed his family to share the good news. And while most NBA draft picks unleash unbridled excitement by cheering and jumping for joy, in juxtaposition, Seth displayed his happiness quite opposite, just sitting, unable to move as he reflected on his long tedious journey to the NBA while simultaneously, internally feeling overcome with joy knowing his dream finally came to fruition.
“I just sat there. I’m not an emotional person, but I was emotional then. I was reflecting on the whole journey I’ve had,” said Seth. It seemed fitting that Seth Adham Curry would play for the Kings, for the first letter in his first, middle, and last name match the team’s abbreviated name, SAC. Seth indeed had great career highlights playing with the Kings. Seth got his first NBA career start on March 25, 2016 in a 116-94 win versus the Phoenix Suns. Three days later, in his third NBA start, Seth scored a career-high 21 points in a 105-93 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers. On April 1 2016, he matched his career high, scoring 21 points versus the Miami Heat. On April 9, 2016, in a 114-112 win versus the Oklahoma City Thunder, Seth made a career-high six three-pointers and scored 20 points on 6-of 10 shooting off the bench. And two days later, in a 105-101 win versus the Phoenix Suns, Seth recorded his first career double-double with 20 points and a career-high 15 assists in a career-high 38 minutes of action as the starting point guard. Seth is pleased with his accomplishments on the court while with the Kings. As an NBA player, Seth’s goal is to consistently better himself, and as there are perks to advancing, he’d like to triumph as much as possible. “My goal is to be better than I was last year. I want to continue to get better every single year, every game. I’d like to win a lot of games,” said Seth.
Following the 2015-2016 NBA season, Seth became a restricted free agent. In July 2016, Seth signed with the Dallas Mavericks. Seth was happy to play with the Dallas Mavericks and felt honored to play alongside then teammate Dirk Nowitski and to be coached under the tutelage of his then Coach Rick Carlisle. “I was very excited to play with Dirk and under Coach Carlisle. From watching from afar, seeing the organization, seeing the offensive system and the way they go about things, it’s something I wanted to be a part of,” said Seth. Seth believed that he had a lot to offer the team. “I brought my versatility playing the 1 and the 2 position. Obviously a lot of shooting. And just spreading the floor and making it easier for my teammates,” said Seth.
Seth finished the 2016-2017 NBA season with the Dallas Mavericks having earned several career highs, including playing in 70 games, having 42 starts, and averaging 12.8 points, 2.6 rebounds, 2.7 assists, and 29.0 minutes of play. In spite of his career highs, Seth would reach a low point in his NBA career. In February 2018, it was determined that Seth needed surgery on his left tibia, an injury that sidelined him from playing during the 2017-2018 NBA season. The injury and lack of both play and practice for this whole year promoted Seth’s pensive mood throughout his ordeal. “It was a long year. It was the first time in my life where I was in so much pain,” said Seth. Seth recalls times under normal circumstances when he is well how during his free time, he often develops his game, and was sad that with the injury, he couldn’t and didn’t even have the energy to do this. “I didn’t really want to go into the gym and work on my game. Usually when I wasn’t doing anything, I would go to the gym and shoot. I couldn’t do that at all. It was tough,” said Seth wistfully. Eventually things changed for Seth. One change that took place was that he began healing, and the second change was that he ended up on a different NBA team. In July 2018, Seth signed a two-year $5.6 million contract deal with the Portland Trail Blazers. Seth was pleased with getting better and is having fun being a Trail Blazer. “It’s been fun for me especially just being back at practice. It’s my first time practicing since last October. My body is responding better than I thought it would and it’s fun to get out there and compete,” said Seth. As Seth continues to amp his game, he has been turning out grand performances so far throughout this 2018-2019 NBA season. On December 14, 2018, Seth scored a season high 13 points in a 128-122 win over the Toronto Raptors. And on January 1, 2019, Seth set a new season high with 18 points in a 113-108 overtime win versus the Sacramento Kings. Seth’s happiness to play for the Portland Trail Blazers certainly shows and his goal matches the buzz around town, namely that the savvy choice-maker will continue to make good choices to promote a successful current NBA season and hopefully have fruitful future NBA seasons.
As Seth knows firsthand the arduous journey he has traveled to reach NBA territory, he is grateful for the little things in life, for starters, like for his own two hands. He is grateful that one hand has allowed him to take blessings with gratitude, and being a Christian, his other hand will allow him to one day give back with sincerity. As Dell founded the charitable organization called the Dell Curry Foundation back in 1998, and as there are a trove of organizations Steph supports and actions he has taken to give back, it’s just a matter of time before Seth orchestrates notable philanthropy efforts, for the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree.
At 28 years of age, Seth, the man who is his own man, has definitely established his independence and continues to make a name for himself in the NBA. Once known as a Splash brother, the talented baller and savvy choice-maker is indeed an individual brother who has definitely earned the right to make his own splash on the court. Who knows? Maybe one day he’ll end up with his own moniker.
Photo: credit to: Portland Trail Blazers.