Bucks Free Agent Targets: Seth Curry


As the brother of the two-time reigning MVP Stephen, Seth Curry has had an up and down career. As a guard at Duke, Curry averaged 17.5 points per game in his senior season while en route to receiving First Team All-ACC honors. However, he still went undrafted in 2013, leading him into a career that shuffled him around the D-League and the NBA. While in the D-League, Curry put up superb numbers, and that awarded him three different stints in the NBA. These endeavors never gave Curry enough minutes to show his talents at the next level, though, as he played in only 4 games for a total of 21 minutes. Following those sub-par performances, Curry was offered a slot on the New Orleans Pelicans Summer League squad last offseason, where he tore up the competition, scoring 24.3 points per game while being named to the First Team All-NBA Summer League team. The Sacramento Kings took notice of his performance, and signed him to a two-year deal worth $2M last July. And with that, Curry turned a quietly productive season of 6.8 points in 15.7 minutes per game off the bench. These numbered aren’t exactly eye-popping, but his 45.5% shooting from three was. 

Photo courtesy of A Royal Pain.
Photo courtesy of A Royal Pain.


The strongest part of Seth’s game is clearly his three-point shooting. In his second season in the D-League, Curry shot a staggering 46.7% from deep, while attempting almost eight per game. But Curry can do more than shoot. He is a flat-out scorer at all levels. He averaged 17.5 points per game in college, then 19.7 and 23.8 per game in the D-League. He also averaged 15.6 points per game in the NBA last season on a per 36 minutes average. Those numbers, along with his relative efficiency, make him a potent addition to any bench. On the defensive end, Curry is no slouch. At 6-2, he has the ability to cover both guard positions, which is an extremely nice trait, especially in a defensive scheme that involves lots of switching. With his three-point and defensive capabilities, Seth is a solid 3-and-D who can give a team 20-25 effort-filled minutes in the NBA.


On the other hand, Curry has some noticeable flaws as well. The first of these flaws is his lack of a consistent role in the NBA. At 25-years-old, one could expect a player like Curry to have more NBA experience than the 713 minutes that he has played. Most of those minutes came in 44 games this past season with the Kings, but that is still a relatively small sample size of minutes. This is important when it comes to offering him a free agent contract, as there will be a certain amount of risk being placed in a player that is relatively unproven at the next level. Another flaw lies in his questionable role on the floor. Due to the fact that Curry is slightly undersized to play shooting guard and lacks the primary ball handling skills that a point guard should exhibit, he does not have a true position in the back court. By playing 35% of his minutes at point guard and 63% at shooting guard, there is clearly some debate on where he really belongs. Along with that, his assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.87 ranked just outside of the top-100 amongst all back court players this past season, leaving a lot to be had as the leader of an offense. However, his combo guard size and skill set does allow him to be a versatile defender. The ideal role for Curry would be to guard the opposing point guard while playing off the ball on offense, which he could find in Milwaukee. Lastly, he is not a good rebounder. Of all the available rebounds with Curry on the floor this past season, Seth snatched only 4.7% of them. As a 6-2 combo guard, Curry’s rebounding is not high on the priority list, but it is still something to watch out for and work around while he is on the floor.

Fit in Milwaukee

Photo courtesy of The Sacramento Bee.
Photo courtesy of The Sacramento Bee.

Because of his skills and weaknesses, Curry would be a great fit in Milwaukee. Leading off, Curry’s excellent shooting would be welcomed on the team that finished last in the league in three-pointers made this past season. Along with his shooting from deep, the Bucks could use his high volume scoring off the bench to help provide some firepower with the starters out. Although his biggest offensive weakness is his lack of being a primary ball handler, he does not have to be that in Milwaukee. With Point Giannis running the show, Curry could play off the ball as a shooter on the wing or in the corner. Defensively, Curry would also be a great fit. His ability to guard point guards would leave Giannis free to guard another player on the floor, creating better defensive match-ups for the Bucks. As previously mentioned, Curry’s low rebound rate will not be a detractor to his worth because of the length of the pieces placed around him to rebound. With Henson, Giannis, Jabari, and Maker, there will always be plenty of size and rebounding to make up for that. The biggest issue with attempting to sign Curry for the Bucks is his size. Curry has good size for a point guard at 6-2, but how well would he fit with the lengthy lineup that the Bucks are trying to build? If management elects to go purely off of skill, Curry would be an excellent and affordable selection. However, if the team continues to push the all-length lineup, Curry could be crossed off the list of potential free agents. If the team does end up signing Curry and still attempts for a long lineup, seeing a platoon of Michael Carter-Williams and Seth Curry at point guard would be fun. MCW fits great with the length of the Bucks roster, but is missing a consistent jumper. Seth can provide that jumper and be an efficient scorer whether he comes off the bench or starts with that rotation.

Contract Negotiation

Of all the potential targets for the Bucks in the back court this offseason, Curry could be the most efficient for his price. Even with the cap boost, Curry will likely receive a contract of around $4M to $7M per year for two or three years. This is a decent contract to add someone who can shoot and defend off the bench as well as he does. However, Seth is a restricted free agent, so the Kings have the opportunity to match any offer sheet potentially thrown his way. Because of this, signing Curry will have to be through a contract that the Kings will not match, meaning that it will likely be on the upper end of that contract range ($7M per year). Nonetheless, Seth Curry would certainly be an interesting player for the Bucks to target in free agency, as he can boost several of the team’s weaknesses from a season ago.


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