NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The Curry name is synonymous with NBA sharp-shooters, from older brother Steph, who just led the Golden State Warriors to an NBA title, to father Dell, regarded as one of the league's best shooters all-time. For 24-year old Seth Curry, he can't worry about trying to match what his family has done, he can only be himself.
"It's not tough for me," Pelicans guard Seth Curry said. "I had that growing up with my father playing in the NBA and Steph at a different level. I'm just being who I am. That's for other people to deal with the shadow and that nature. I just go out and be who I am. Play the way I play and control what I can control and let everything else handle itself."
Through two NBA summer league games, the youngest Curry has led the Pelicans to a pair of wins, while pouring in a team-best 55 points. He's second among all summer league scorers with 27.5 points per game, but he's also added eight rebounds, five assists and seven steals. Yet even he knows he can continue to get better.
"I'm just steady," Curry said. "Keeping the same mentality the whole game of trying to be aggressive, make the easy plays, not force too much. And just take the shots I know I can make and just make plays for other people so it's keep it pretty simple offensively, and on defense, being aggressive and being a pest with my hands and things of that nature."
Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry added, "I thought Seth has been exactly what I thought he could be, and that's a scorer in this league. I think to me, the most pleasant thing that he's done is that defensively I think he's been really engaged and done a good job there. I don't think he shot the ball exceptionally well today, he found a way to score 23 points or 25 whatever he had, and so to me, that was really really encouraging."
Pelicans assistant coach Darren Erman added, "I'm not impressed. I expected this. I mean, he's good, and this is who he is. He's an NBA player. It's impressive yeah, but it's not anything I didn't expect. He's a really good player."
And Seth knows that to earn a spot on the Pelicans' regular season roster, he has to find ways to make an impact, even when his long-range shot is not falling, connecting on just three of his 16 attempts from beyond the arc.
"Just keep being aggressive," Curry said. "I'm not shooting as well from the three-point line, but oh well, I think people know I can shoot. It's just a matter of making different plays on and off the ball. As long as you're doing it in a winning effort. I think we've played well. If I'm making bad plays, it would show on the scoreboard, but being aggressive defensively and getting out on the break and making easy transition runs is how Coach Gentry wants us to play, and that gets the tempo fast, and it starts with me and Larry doing that from the guard positions."
Gentry added, "He's got good pedigree in that area. When you look at his dad and his brother, he's been able to play. I thought he had everything under control. Made a great play at the end, just simply missed the layup, but walked to the line and made two free throws. I think he's playing with so much confidence right now. The thing that I've been most encouraged with this team, the summer league team is that they're playing at a pace that we want to play at. They shoot the ball well, they didn't shoot the ball great today and had 90 points. Yesterday shot I okay, didn't shoot it great and had 101 points, so that to me is the biggest things right here. If we can continue to do that, as I said to them in the locker room, then we can transfer that over to the varsity team, then I think we'll be in good shape."