Seth Curry Went From Competing Against His Father-in-Law to Now Playing for Him

Seth Curry is headed to Philadelphia. The 30-year-old guard, who played for the Dallas Mavericks last season, finds himself heading east to a new NBA team and new offensive system. He’ll have one familiar face in town, however: his father-in-law, Doc Rivers. Curry last matched up against Rivers in the playoffs. But now he’ll play for him. Let’s look at this new union and what it may mean for the Philadelphia 76ers. 

The trade that sent Seth Curry from Dallas to Philadelphia

NBA guard Seth Curry
Seth Curry of the Dallas Mavericks celebrates during action | Ashley Landis-Pool/Getty Images

ESPN reported that the Sixers and Dallas Mavericks recently completed a trade that resulted in: The Mavs receiving Josh Richardson and the 36th overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft. And the Sixers receiving Curry

New Sixers President of Basketball Operations Daryl Morey lauded the trade for his team. He said adding a proficient outside shooter like Curry would specifically help Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid. It’ll certainly help space the floor for a team that also added veteran center Dwight Howard this offseason. 

Seth Curry’s comments on his trade to Philadelphia

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The Sixers have to be excited about acquiring Curry. But there’s no doubt it will be a challenging place for the young guard, mainly because of his familial ties. Curry is married to Rivers’ daughter, Callie, so he’ll play under his father-in-law. According to comments via USA Today, Curry was a bit surprised that it ended up happening: 

“You think about it because you’re in the same league and that’s always a possibility, but I didn’t think it would ever happen … When you think about it, it’s really the same thing I’ve been doing every day my whole career.”

The last time the two were together on the court, Rivers’ LA Clippers trounced Curry’s Mavs in the 2020 Western Conference Finals’ first round. As for how this will change Curry’s approach to the game, he says it won’t change much at all. Both he and Rivers plan to treat this opportunity professionally, not changing how they play or coach: 

“Going in, doing my job, he’s going to do his job to the best of his ability, and our job is to win … We have plenty of time off the floor to be a family and all that, but I don’t think it should be any different as far as the way we approach our business on a daily business.”

The Sixers’ prospects for advancing in the playoffs this season

The Sixers may have disappointed in recent playoffs, but it’s important to keep in perspective how far they’ve come. The team bottomed out in pursuit of acquiring elite talent via the draft. They’ve now put themselves in a position to compete for titles. Despite their playoff struggles, Philadelphia still has an incredibly talented core.

Both Simmons and Embiid continue to develop into stars. Curry adds yet another talented contributor to their main cast. He won’t require the focus of the offense, but he can add plenty of scoring. Despite being the less-heralded member of his family, Curry is one of the best outside shooters in a league where three-point shooting is extremely valuable. 

Curry’s father-in-law should also give the team a much better chance to compete. The man who once saw Curry as a friendly rival is now on his side, and it may prove to be the difference for Philadelphia. Brent Brown did a lot of great work to get the Sixers into contention. But it was clear the players needed a new voice.

Rivers brings a championship pedigree to Philly, and he may be the man needed to get them over the hump from contenders into actual champions. It’s unclear how successful the Sixers will be this season. But the acquisitions of Curry and his father-in-law Rivers definitely seem to make them a better team than last year.