Long known as Steph Curry’s kid brother, Sixers‘ sniper Seth Curry has made a name for himself and has stepped out of his brother’s shadow.
Being a younger sibling is not an easy task by any means. There is always the dreaded comparison to your older sibling and the need to prove yourself as your own person. However, not many can say that their older brother is a 3x NBA Champion, 2x NBA Most Valuable Player, and has led the league in scoring on two separate occasions. That is one hell of a shadow to live in, and Seth Curry has been living there rent-free ever since his brother decided to pick up a basketball.
This year, Seth has seemingly broken the bond binding his name to his brother Steph and has proven that he too is an excellent three-point shooter and can be clutch when his back is pressed against a wall. Besides Joel Embiid, Seth has become the guy that everyone wants to see with the ball in his hands. Curry took on the role that Daryl Morey placed him in as the Sixers premiere shooter and has not disappointed.
Curry has been nothing less than phenomenal during this postseason matchup against the Atlanta Hawks. Shooting 57.7% from the floor and an incredible 50% from beyond the arc, he has kept his team afloat during their 2021 playoff run. His 36-point postseason career-high in Game 5 was overshadowed by the Sixers giving up their 26 point lead and handing Philadelphia one of the worst losses that the city has ever seen.
Curry was determined to brush off the Game 5 loss and keep his hot hand entering Game 6 and did just that. He came shooting the lights out, 6/9 from beyond the arc, and kept the energy high during the whole game. Not known as a defensive player, he hustled and proved to Philly that he was not ready to pack his bags for Cancun but was ready for a Game 7 battle.
Curry ended the 104-99 win over the Hawks with 24 points as well as major brownie points from the Sixers fan base. After last year’s atrocious lack of perimeter shooting, Philly found themselves putting their faith in the veteran guard, knowing that when the ball comes out of his hands at the three-point line that there will be cheers following, instead of groans.
If the Sixers want to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time since 2001, they need Curry on his A-game. Averaging 21.8 points, this series has lit the spark for the Sixers numerous times and kept the team fighting to see another day. Seth Curry and his three-point shooting will be a crucial factor to how the Sixers come out Sunday during Game 7. His older brother will be cheering for him as he did in Game 6.
There is no doubt that Steph Curry is an unbelievably talented player. He completely changed the way that the game of basketball is played and deserves all the praise he gets. However, the time has come that we start to acknowledge Seth Curry as the sharpshooter that he is and not just Steph Curry’s little brother that happens to play basketball. This postseason has let Seth Curry earn the right to his own name and accolades, and there is only more to come.