Dallas Mavericks Dilemma: Who Should Be the Sixth Man?
Steph Curry‘s less famous little brother Seth Curry has been lighting it up in 2017 after signing a 2 year, $6 million dollar contract the previous offseason. He has a knack for getting to the rim, is a crafty finisher, and of course has a silky smooth stroke. He has been putting those talents to good use recently, going en fuego since being entered into the starting lineup.
Curry’s scoring has been a huge part of the Mavs resurgence in 2017, and it is hard to see him being benched while performing this well. However, one could say that Seth coming off the bench is the most logical scenario. Many great players, specifically scoring and long-range specialists, have made their careers as a sixth man: Jamal Crawford and former Dallas Maverick Jason Terry to name a couple.
Perhaps the biggest knock on Curry is that he hasn’t shown the ability to play lead guard very well. Early on in the season, he was forced to play point due to injuries, and he wasn’t nearly as effective scoring the ball and isn’t a natural facilitator. His ball-handling, or lack thereof, occasionally got him into trouble when trying to orchestrate the offense.
In many ways his vast improvement since being inserted into the starting lineup is due to playing SG, allowing him to play off the ball while Deron Williams and now Yogi Ferrell act as the primary ball handler. If Carlisle didn’t trust Seth to play point guard again, or thought it might hinder his scoring, he may move him to the bench to play alongside Devin Harris and eventually J.J. Barea.
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