Had things turned out just a bit different, the New York Knicks would be in a lot better shape with Stephen Curry on their roster.
Everyone knows the story by now about the Knicks missing out on Curry in the 2009 NBA Draft as he went to the Golden State Warriors one pick before the Knicks selected Jordan Hill.
But even though they missed out on their man in 2009, could they look to another Curry in the 2013 NBA Draft?
Gery Woelfel of the Racine Journal Times is one of a few that has reported the Knicks are one of several teams that are interested in Duke point guard Seth Curry, Stephen’s younger brother, in June’s upcoming draft.
The interest in the younger Curry makes some sense as the Knicks will certainly be targeting a younger guard.
Curry stands 6’2″ with pretty good quickness but at only 185 pounds, he doesn’t exactly look the part of a top prospect.
However he has been on NBA scouts’ radars since his outstanding freshman season at Liberty. Since transferring to Duke, scouts have had the opportunity to see Curry play in a variety of roles, but the results have been mixed.
When he was finally able to play his natural position at shooting guard, Curry emerged as a deadly perimeter scorer for the Blue Devils during his senior season. Curry finished off his collegiate career by averaging 17.5 points per game while shooting an impressive 46.5 percent from the floor and 43.8 percent from behind the arc.
But while it makes sense to show some interest in the younger Curry, there’s a lot that doesn’t make sense.
First of all the bigger need may be to land a young point guard in the draft and Curry had struggled in college playing the lead guard position. It certainly wouldn’t hurt to nab a 2 guard, but the bigger need is to upgrade at the point.
Then there’s the fact that the Knicks have only one selection in the draft.
They certainly won’t target Curry in the first round at No. 24 and if they did have real interest in the former Blue Devil, it would require trading into the second round.
There’s also a chance that the Knicks could sign Curry as an undrafted free agent.
Curry is coming off of a stress fracture in right shin and won’t work out for any teams. He was ranked as the 71st best draft prospect by Draft Express, so not being able to work out for teams could hurt his draft stock in a big way.
Either way, I wouldn’t expect the Knicks to reach on Curry in the draft.
This is likely a case where they are just doing their due diligence on a player that they may be able to sign after the draft.
They will have competition though as the Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets are also reportedly interested.
While Curry was undoubtedly an outstanding college player, the jury is still out on just how good of a NBA prospect he is at this stage, which ultimately means the Knicks interest in him should not be all that great.
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