Yes, we all know that in theory the Washington Wizards were once in position to draft Stephen Curry. We know they traded the fifth overall pick in 2009 -- Curry went seventh -- for Mike Miller and Randy Foye in part because the organization wanted veterans for another playoff push. We know how that worked out, or rather, how it didn't for the Wizards.
Now, Mark McGwire as might say, we're not here to talk about the past. We are here to say that Washington has a chance to get a taste of Curry seven years later. No, Steph isn't leaving Golden State. Seth Curry on the other hand is possibly available.
The younger brother of the reigning NBA's Most Valuable Player will decline his $1 million player option and become a restricted free agent this summer, Yahoo reported earlier this month.
After playing four games with three teams over the previous two seasons. Seth Curry made Sacramento's roster out of training camp. He played in 44 games behind fellow point guards Rajon Rondo and Darren Collison. Granted, playing in just over half of an 82-game schedule for a team that didn't sniff the playoff doesn't sound impressive. Based on the way Curry shot from distance all season and flourished in April, the lack of action is on the Kings.
The 6-foot-2 Curry sank 45% (50 for 111) of his 3-point attempts while averaging 6.8 points and 16 minutes. When given real playing time over the Kings' final seven games, his numbers took off: 16.4 points, 5.3 assists and 3.0 rebounds while shooting 45.9 percent from the field, including 48.9 percent from beyond the arc. Before dismissing that late push in meaningless games as a recent version of Andray Blatche, remember the 45% clip on 3-pointers was season long. Also, here's what the younger Curry looked like while putting on a show.
please see what seth curry just did pic.twitter.com/8g2vYILzDh— James Herbert (@outsidethenba) April 12, 2016
Do those moves remind you of anyone?
Don't consider this a suggestion that if the Wizards sign Seth, they're getting a version of Steph. However, if Washington stays with the pace-and-space offense, it needs a playmaker off the bench capable of sinking the long ball. We'll see if the Wizards bring back Ramon Sessions, but for now the backup slot behind starting point John Wall is open.
Virginia Tech Seth Greenberg famously didn't offer Steph Curry a scholarship coming out of High School even though Curry's father, Dell, is arguably the program's most famous basketballing alum. Stephen Curry instead headed to Davidson and as they say, the rest is history. Yet perhaps the most amazing part is that Greenberg also didn't offer a scholarship to Seth a few years later. Seth Curry went to Liberty and turned into a prolific scorer. After one season he transferred to Duke. Yes, hindsight s 20/20 and all, but the genes and connections were evident.
The point of rehashing Curry kids recruiting stories is that with Seth possibly available -- Sacramento can match any offer -- the Wizards have a chance not to let another Curry get away. Truth is that Washington, specifically president Ernie Grunfeld, takes too much heat for the notion of passing on Steph Curry though obviously the result was brutal. Organizational factors led to the seeking-immediate-help trade and yada yada yada we'll never know what could have been. We do know the Wizards can make a play for Seth Curry this summer. They should strongly consider not pulling a Seth Greenberg with this second chance.