The Golden State Warriors invited Seth Curry to training camp in 2013-14 but ultimately decided to cut ties with the undrafted guard before the season commenced. At 6'-2", many believed Curry's limited physical upside would hinder his ability to defend opposing guards. Bouncing between the D-League and 10-day contracts in the last couple years, Curry showed flashes of dominance in the minor league and showcased a more refined and versatile game to compensate for his shortcomings.
Beyond his shooting prowess, Curry has improved in running the pick-and-roll — the bread and butter of today's NBA offenses. By boosting his playmaking skills, Curry projects to be a backup combo guard who can toggle between facilitating and scoring roles.
Ostensibly, Curry's stellar Summer League performance in Las Vegas was enough for the Warriors to take another hard look. Via Lee Jenkins of Sports Illustrated:
The Kings made the strongest offer on July 21—the day after Summer League ended—but not the only one. The Pelicans, Hornets and Warriors jumped in as well. "I didn't want to go to Golden State," Seth says. "I didn't want to go back in Steph's shadow."
Taking everything into perspective, Curry may not have had as much potential success signing in Golden State as opposed to Sacramento. With that in mind, the Kings two-year fully guaranteed pact and playing time opportunity was probably too good to pass up.
The Kings and Warriors will face each other four times this upcoming season and all eyes will be on the Seth-Steph NorCal matchup. With Seth Curry finally in the big league, could a sibling rivalry be on the horizon?
Save the date: For the first time ever, Golden State of Mind will hold a second GSOM Night in Sacramento for the Warriors-Kings game at Sleep Train Arena on January 9. Full details coming soon, but we'll only have a limited number of seats in comparison to the November GSoM Night at Oracle so hopefully you can plan ahead and get your tickets early.