If Duke fans are expecting Liberty transfer Seth Curry to play like a clone of his sweet-shooting older brother next season, Stephen Curry believes they may be in for a bit of a surprise.
Aside from the fact they're both combo guards and they both were criminally overlooked in the recruiting process, the former Davidson star insists he and his younger brother share very little in common on the basketball floor.
"People who watch him and watch me would not necessarily think we are brothers," Stephen told the Sporting News. "Seth is very athletic. That's the big difference between his game and my game — he's not a stand-still shooter; he's not a catch-and-shoot guy. But he can always get his shot. It's just a little more unorthodox.
"I think a lot of how our styles are different goes back to how we played as kids. I was bigger than he was, so all I had to do was raise up and shoot. That's my game now. But he couldn't just shoot. I'd block his shot. He had to learn to use change-of-direction, stopping and starting, changing speeds, falling away. That's his game now. That goes back to when we were kids."
Although Seth became one of the nation's most coveted transfers last spring after putting up 20.2 points and 4.4 rebounds as a freshman at Liberty, he steps into a situation at Duke where he will not have to be the primary scoring option. Either he will be the first guard off the bench if Mike Krzyzewski goes big with the Plumlee brothers in the front court and Kyle Singler at small forward, or he would likely start at wing if Duke slides Singler up to power forward and brings one of the Plumlees off the bench.
"I'm just gonna try and go in and get as much playing time (as I can), earn a starting spot, and stuff like that," Seth told Sporting News radio last week. "I'm just gonna go in and do what I do. Be aggressive on the offensive end, put points on the board, and defensively put pressure on the ball like all his guards do."
So which Curry brother is better? Well, if the one-on-one battles they waged last summer are any indication, Stephen still has the upper hand, though they differ on exactly how dominant the victories were.
"He still can't get me one-on-one," Stephen said. "We played seven times last summer back in Charlotte. I won all seven — you can ask him."
Said Seth, "Last year he got me about 90 percent of the time. We haven't played this year so it's gonna be another story."