Seth Curry’s offense has proven to be a vital part of the 76ers’ title pursuit
Daryl Morey’s best move as the GM of the Philadelphia 76ers has to be the acquisition of Seth Curry. Throughout the 2021 season, Curry has been the perfect player to place next to 76ers stars Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. Over the last two series, Curry has proven to be a critical piece for the Sixers championship aspirations. He’s averaging 17 points per game in just under 30 minutes.
Against the Atlanta Hawks last night, Seth was incredible from deep, shooting 83% from beyond the arc, only missing a single attempt. When he was initially brought in, many fans drew comparisons to former 76ers guard J.J. Redick. While he does possess that same skillset from deep, Curry brings so much more to the court than Redick ever did.
A majority of Curry’s offense in the 76ers’ previous games against Washington and Atlanta didn’t even come from the three-point line. He did such a tremendous job at drawing people outside to attack them off the dribble and hit mid-range shots and layups. In the Embiid era, the Sixers have been struggling to find someone who can do that for them, and after years of searching, they finally have their guy.
Without Curry, the 76ers wouldn’t be achieving anywhere near the amount of success they’re having right now. In two games against the Hawks, Seth Curry is an incredible 10/15 from deep for Philadelphia. Looking back at J.J. Redick, he never was capable of averaging the numbers that Curry is producing right now.
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Now granted, Redick has a much larger sample size of games, but Curry is performing consistently since the conclusion of the regular season. He brings more on both ends of the court than J.J. ever did without the constant whining or $23 million a year contract. The 76ers are also in no worry about retaining Curry, who is locked in a contract worth roughly $8.5 million a year through 2023.
In previous years, while the Sixers had their shooter on the court, but Redick was a significant liability on defense and could not create any offense for himself on the ball. Seth Curry isn’t a perfect defender, but he can hold his weight and not be a weak link for the 76ers. On the other end of the court, he can work with the basketball and drive to the basket or pull up for a jumbo-shot with ease.
Hopefully, Seth Curry can continue this level of production for the Sixers when they travel to face the Atlanta Hawks for Game Three on Friday night at 7:30 on ESPN.
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