Seth Curry Shattering Expectations With Sixers
Despite having such a short time to do so, the Sixers did a great job restructuring their organization from top to bottom. From changes in the front office, all the way to reshaping the roster and better complementing their superstars.
The team is benefiting greatly from this change as they find themselves atop the Eastern Conference at 5-1 after their first six games. Out of all the moves they made this offseason, one has stood out among the rest.
Daryl Morey made a big splash before the NBA draft, sending Al Horford and picks to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for a package headlined by Danny Green. But the most crucial move he would make that day came during the draft.
As the draft proceeded, Morey would continue to work his magic. He would then make a move that would send fans into a frenzy, trading away Josh Richardson for Mavericks sharpshooter Seth Curry.
This move was met with a lot of praise as Richardson’s fit on the team was questionable at times, and Curry is the ideal player to pair on the floor with Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid. Finally, the Sixers had found an outside specialist that the team has missed since JJ Redick.
Although it is still early in the season, it is safe to say that Curry has been everything he was expected to be...and more.
Curry has been off to a scorching hot start for the Sixers through six games. Currently, he is averaging 16.2 PPG, 2.0 RPG, and 4.0 APG. If he keeps his current pace, he will finish the season with career-highs in scoring and passing.
With all the attention Simmons and Embiid draw on the floor, Curry continues to reap the benefits. He has scored at least 17 points in four of the team’s last five games and has put on back to back 20+ point performances.
His scoring has been a great boost for the Sixers, but what stands out the most is how efficient he has been. Curry is shooting an incredible 56.1% from the field and 51.5% from three on just under six attempts a game.
Heading into Saturday’s game against the Hornets, Curry was one of just seven players in the NBA shooting over 50% from three and shooting more than five a game. His effectiveness on the outside has given Simmons and Embiid the reliable kick out option they have missed and has opened up the floor for them.
Curry’s three-point shooting numbers are already great, but they get even better when you dive deeper. When shooting off the catch this year, he has been lethal. Knocking down 62.5% of his catch and shoot threes, including a huge one in the clutch to complete the comeback against the Toronto Raptors.
Joel Embiid developed good chemistry with JJ Redick during his tenure in Philadelphia, and he looks to be doing the same with Curry. The two continue to grow in the dribble hand-off game, Embiid’s signature play with Redick.
The dribble hand-off could potentially become better with these two, as Curry possesses a skill that Redick does not. His ability to put the ball on the floor and create has added another dimension to the play, resulting in Curry shooting 60% on his pull-up two attempts.
Curry has spoken a lot about how he enjoys sharing the floor with the team’s All-Stars and that he continues to work on being in the right spots on the floor for them. His impact on the floor has already paid huge dividends for the Sixers, and it might only get better as this team continues to figure itself out.
Kevin McCormick is the 76ers Beat Writer for 97.3 ESPN and 76ers editor for Sportstalkphilly.com. Follow him on Twitter @KevinMcC973.