Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Curry's impact at Duke reminds one of his father's Hornets days

You can't help but wonder, when you watch Duke play, how Seth Curry wound up signing with Liberty after his older brother, Stephen, was overlooked by ACC schools.

Much of the talk so far about Duke has been about Kyle Singler and Nolan Smith and the impact of the true freshmen. But what's interesting is how easily Curry is fitting into the Duke rotation. Obviously, he had a year to practice with the team, but his impact on Duke, and perhaps the ACC, can't be overstated.

Curry's father, Dell, was  the Charlotte Hornets' first pick in the expansion draft back in 1988. He was a brilliant shooter out of Virginia Tech with a smooth stroke and quick release. Curry, Rex Chapman and Kelly Tripucka were about all the offense those early Hornets ever had.

You can see Dell Curry, who wore No. 30, in the YouTube video above. The Hornet wearing No. 25 is Tony Bennett, now the Virginia head coach. Watching Seth Curry brings back memories of that Curry jump shot from the Charlotte Coliseum's heyday.

Seth Curry is headed toward being one of the ACC's best players this season. He had 17 points Tuesday in the 79-45 win over Miami (Ohio), and played only 22 minutes.

This is a deep Duke team, but if you've followed the Blue Devils program, you have heard that before. Coach Mike Krzyzewski often talks in November about how he can play 10 guys, but that rotation shortens to around seven by conference play in January. Some of the Blue Devils you are seeing on the floor now will be weeded out by then.

It's hard to see that happening with Curry. His game is so fluid, and his stroke is so pure, that you watch him and think, Wow, he's going to make a difference this season. His father was one of the NBA's top sixth men, a calm scorer who could enter a game at any time and start producing points, and Seth Curry is headed toward a similar role for the Blue Devils.

No comments:

Post a Comment