Re-signing Seth Curry may be one of the most important things for the Dallas Mavericks to do this offseason. Here’s why…
Besides nailing their first pick in the upcoming NBA Draft, re-signing Seth Curry may be the most important task for the Dallas Mavericks this offseason. Sure, adding a star in free agency would be fantastic, but as we’ve seen time and time again, that ball is in someone else’s court.
I suppose Dallas could work to improve their sales pitch. But at the end of the day, the demand grossly outweighs the supply. And the Mavericks, entrenched in the rebuilding process, are far from an attractive destination for a superstar with postseason aspirations.
For the Mavericks to do well in free agency, they are going to need to take a gamble. And Seth Curry may be just the gamble to take.
How good is Seth Curry?
Seth Curry, brother of Steph, hasn’t played ball since the 2016-17 NBA season. A stress fracture caused him to miss all of last season but after surgery and rehab, Curry is expected to be 100 percent by this summer.
Before Curry was injured, he was putting together some of his best work as a pro. In fact, he was one of the most efficient players in the entire NBA. Fanrag rated him the 85th best player and pointed out that only six other shooting guards offered positive scores in offensive and defensive plus-minus.
Seth Curry may not be the NBA MVP his big brother Steph is, but he’s pretty darn impressive in his own right. According to Mavs.com, when Seth comes off of screens, running pick-and-rolls, spot-up shots, and isolation, he scores 1.079 points per possession.
That’s remarkably close to Steph’s 1.082. In fact, that put him in the top-5 in the NBA. The reason we didn’t hear much about it was because Seth simply didn’t have the workload of those other top-5 players.
It stands to reason, if Seth Curry is given more minutes, he turn into a star. While some speculate he may want to go to Golden State to play with his big bro, we can all safely assume the star studded cast in San Fran will mean his opportunities will be limited.
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With the Dallas Mavericks, Seth Curry can be granted the platform he needs to showcase his skills. If it’s fame and money he seeks (because who wants those two cumbersome things?), Dallas is a great place to play.
Even on a short-term deal, it makes sense for both parties if Seth Curry stays in Dallas. Clearly the Mavs want to add players they can build around, but adding budding stars should be seen as equally as valuable. If Seth blows up next year, he becomes a valuable trade piece. The Mavs could parlay that into a younger player and/or future pick.
Clearly, money matters and the Dallas Mavericks can’t go throwing a max contract on a risky player like Curry. But if Seth Curry wanted a place to play a bunch of minutes to bulk up his stats, Dallas is the place.
To keep it mutually beneficial, the Dallas Mavericks would probably be looking at a one-or-two year deal for Curry. This would give him time and familiarity to ease back in, establish his role, and boost his market value. It would also let the Mavs showcase his skills to the rest of the NBA.
At the deadline, virtually every team is looking for a high-percentage spot-up shooter. And Curry last shot 42.5 percent from beyond the arch – a percentage better than his accomplished big brother Steph has ever averaged from three. Let that sink in.
Seth Curry is valuable to the Dallas Mavericks for multiple reasons. If they can add him long-tern, he’s young enough to build around. If he only wants short-term, he could be groomed into a valuable trade piece.