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Dell: Curry backyard battles with Steph motivated Seth

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Memories of a baby-faced Steph Curry are back with the return of March Madness. Curry had his coming-out party in 2008 when he was a sophomore for the No. 10-seeded Davidson Wildcats, leading the small school to an improbable Elite Eight run. 

Curry scored 40 points in the first round to upset the No. 7 seed Gonzaga, 30 points in the second round to beat the No. 2 seed Georgetown and 33 points to beat the No. 3 seed Wisconsin Badgers in the Sweet Sixteen. He also dropped 25 points when Davidson's storybook run ended in a 59-57 loss to the No. 1 seed Kansas Jayhawks. 

That's when his father, Dell, knew Curry had an NBA career ahead of him.

"It was probably after Steph's sophomore year in college when they made that big run to the Elite Eight," Dell said on the "Rex Chapman Show" podcast when asked about the moment he knew Steph was destined for the pros. "I said, 'OK, he's going to be a top player, top pick in the draft." 

But for Steph's younger brother, Seth, it was much different. To Dell, Seth's mentality always was there because of his competitiveness with Steph. 

Just imagine the backyard battles with those two sharpshooters. Dell believes that's exactly what motivated Seth to be the player he is today. 

"Seth had the mentality, if Steph's gonna do it I know I can do it," Dell explained. "What are you talking about? I used to kill him in the backyard. That is Seth Curry's mentality right now.

 

"He'll tell you, 'I'm a better shooter than Steph. He just gets more shots than I do. He has free reign. He touches the ball more. I'm a better shooter than him right now.' That was his mentality the entire time." 

Seth Curry went undrafted after four years in college -- one at Liberty University and three at Duke. He averaged 17.5 points per game his senior year and shot 43.8 percent from 3-point range. Seth now is in his sixth NBA season and having his best year yet. 

The younger Curry brother is averaging a career-high 13.0 points per game for the Philadelphia 76ers. He also is shooting better than Steph from 3-point range. Steph is shooting 41.1 percent from deep, while averaging 11.4 attempts per game. Seth has been more accurate with a 44.2 3-point percentage, but on 4.6 attempts per game. 

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Steph is a 43.3 career shooter from long distance on 8.4 attempts per game. Seth is at 44.3 percent from 3 on 4.0 attempts per game for his career. 

Competition brings the best out of athletes, and the Curry household clearly had a lot of that on a daily basis.

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