Seth Curry’s rookie season in the NBA Development League was storybook: the younger brother starring for the Santa Cruz Warriors just 70 miles miles north of where his superstar sibling was leading the parent club.
Curry’s second season has been a 100 mph push toward the next level from the first whistle. With the Erie BayHawks after an offseason trade, he elevated his game to a new level – essentially turning into the NBA D-League’s equivalent of Steph – to the point where it simply became time for him to graduate to the big league.
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He joins the Phoenix Suns on a 10-day contract after a nearly lights-out, 36-game run. Recap Seth’s 2014-15 journey every step of the way:
July: Joins Magic and Suns for NBA Summer League in Orlando and Las Vegas
During a Summer League in which he shot 41% from three, Curry broke out for 26 points (7/9 FG) in 22 minutes against Jabari Parker’s Bucks on July 13, carrying Phoenix down the stretch.
His impressive showing earned him a preseason contract with the Magic.
October 30: Acquired by the Erie BayHawks
Orlando, in its first season with a one-to-one affiliate, maneuvered to bring Curry to Erie by trading for his NBA D-League rights and waiving him so that the BayHawks could sign him.
It was his third stint with an NBA team following contracts with the Warriors, Grizzlies and Cavaliers last season.
January 2: Scores Season-High 43 Points in Delaware
Curry essentially started the season on a heat check, which reached its hottest point at the University of Delaware’s Bob Carpenter Center. There, he poured in 43 points on 14-of-19 shooting, including 8-of-13 from beyond the arc, in a down-to-the-wire loss to the 87ers.
The outburst capped a two-week stretch in which he averaged 31.6 points and 4.9 three-pointers per game, shooting 59% from the field, 53% from three and 95% from the foul line (37-of-39).
January 18: Scores 25 Points with Brother Looking On at Showcase
The Curry brothers were reunited at the NBA D-League’s marquee event in Santa Cruz, where Steph and teammate Draymond Green watched Seth take on the Iowa Energy from the baseline.
“He’s proved a lot,” Steph said afterward. “He’s playing at a real high level right now, shooting the basketball well. He’s impacting the game on both ends and I think scouts are noticing. It’s just about finding the right fit. I hope it’s sooner rather than later.”
February 15: Participates in NBA D-League All-Star Game and Three-Point Contest
NBA D-League All-Star at Barclays Center was a family affair, with Curry and Thanasis Antetokounmpo taking the floor the day after their brothers left the stage on NBA All-Star Saturday Night.
Curry couldn’t quite pull off the family three-point contest sweep, however, falling to Austin Spurs sharpshooter Jarell Eddie in the finals.
February 26: Hits His Second Game-Winner of the Season in Sioux Falls
Once again proving he also inherited the clutch gene, Curry snapped out of an 0-for-10 shooting funk to sink four straight shots in the final 3:02 against the Skyforce — capped by a game-winner on his signature step-back move.
It was his second game-winner in the span of slightly more than a month.
March 11: Called Up to Phoenix Suns on a 10-Day Contract
The Suns are striking while Curry is hot: After slowing down from the ridiculous pace he set earlier this season, he’s shooting 25-of-53 (48%) from deep and averaging 22.3 points in eight games since the All-Star break.
He heads to Phoenix on his third career GATORADE Call-Up as the NBA D-League’s second-leading scorer and leader in three-pointers made, three-point percentage and free throw percentage, with a Korver-like shooting line (48/48/92%).