With 2,986 threes and counting, Stephen Curry is continuing to strengthen his case as the greatest shooter of all time. But across the country in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, his younger brother Seth Curry is leading the pack in his own way.
The Curry brothers have been symbols of outside shooting for as long as they’ve been in the NBA. And while that’s still the case, for the most part, the Philadephia 76ers guard has quietly carved out an overlooked niche — succeeding at the mid-range game.
Seth Curry is now the league’s best midrange shooter
The 76ers have been forced to play the entirety of the season with Ben Simmons, whose holdout has no end in sight. In order to fill the void the All-Star point guard has left behind, Philadelphia has entrusted a group of guards to step up in his absence. Curry, as you can guess, has been one of them.
The 31-year-old guard has been performing at a career-high clip almost across the board. As of Tuesday, Curry is up to 16.5 points per game on 52.4% shooting from the field. And while threes are still a part of the equation, the main reason for his ascension is his ability within the arc.
Seth is shooting an incredible 61.8% from the mid-range, which according to NBA.com is everything inside the arc but outside of the paint. No one in the NBA averaging 2.0 attempts or more is higher.
As it stands, 28 players have attempted 80 or more mid-range shots. Curry, who has 110 attempts of his own, leads the way in efficiency. The Sixers standout was also just one of seven players shooting above 50%, joining stars such as Kevin Durant, Chris Paul, and Trae Young.
Curry is still a 3-point threat like his brother Stephen
Seth’s elite mid-range ability hasn’t led to a departure from his long-distance shooting. The eight-year vet is still among the best 3-point shooters in basketball.
In a career-high 34.6 minutes per game, Curry is drilling 40.3% of his 5.3 3-point attempts. That makes him one of 38 players shooting 40% or better from deep, something Steph currently can’t say he’s a part of (despite leading the league in 3-point attempts, the elder Curry is shooting a paltry 39.6%).
No defender will want to leave Seth stranded beyond the arc. Although, the former Duke star is actually shooting below where we’re used to seeing him. Curry has shot 45.0% or better in each of the last three years and boasts a career 44.0% mark from three.
While his threes are falling somewhat short of expectations, his career-best scoring can be attributed to a 62.3% clip on all 2-pointers.
Can both Steph and Seth make the All-Star Game?
Hardly anything in the NBA can be considered a lock. Though it seems very reasonable to anticipate Steph making his eighth All-Star Game this February in Cleveland. The question is, however … will his brother join him?
Seth is not considered a superstar like his future Hall of Fame brother is. But the Sixers’ high-scoring guard is having a career-best year that places him in elite company with some of the league’s other top shooters. Not to mention, the NBA could have a lot of fun with brothers going head-to-head, both from a marketing perspective and to improve the competitive quality of an otherwise meaningless exhibition game.
Even if the younger Curry doesn’t make the game, it wouldn’t be surprising to see him featured on All-Star Saturday. Seth competed in the 3-point contest in 2019 as a member of the Portland Trail Blazers. That remains his best option to get a taste of All-Star festivities. Though should the league decide to add an exhilarating mid-range contest to the schedule, Curry should be the first player selected.
All statistics courtesy of Basketball Reference.