Whenever Seth Curry went undrafted my mind automatically went to the glorious thought of one of my favorite college basketball players coming to the Charlotte Bobcats. That joy was soon met with confusion after it was announced he was given a Summer League invite, but was not going to be able to participate due to an injury. It is assumed Seth Curry will be getting a training camp invite, especially with his agent pushing for it. Until an official announcement we have only speculation on Seth’s status with the Bobcats. Soon after hearing the disappointing news about Curry my curiosity was peaked after looking at the Bobcats official Summer League roster and seeing the name Patrick Ewing Jr. I have followed Ewing Jr. through his rough journey in the NBA and always hoped he would get a chance to stick on an NBA roster. Unfortunately, I also knew that this was probably just a simple case of a guy with a prominent name, but no real talent. So I, like most Bobcats followers, wrote him off as Summer League roster spot that needed to be filled. I have now come to realize that I was wrong.
After watching every Summer League game along with analyzing every player, it had become clear that Ewing Jr. was clearly the best non-roster Bobcat in Vegas. After watching his play the only bad thing I can say about this man in the Summer League was his ability to pass the ball. The truth is he has no ability to pass the ball. He averaged 1.8 turnovers in 5 games along with his most notable folly being in game two against the Dallas Mavericks where he recorded 5 turnovers in sixteen minutes. But, I believe this was due to trying to impress the coaching staff and forcing passes that he could not make. A stunt I doubt he would ever pull in a real game. Although, Patrick Ewing Jr. had some bad moments like anyone his overall play was commendable, finishing the Las Vegas Summer League with 6.8 points per game and 5.2 rebounds per game In 19 minutes per game. His shooting percentages were at a surprising 60% from the field and 62% from three point land. He was not the star of Summer League by any means, but he came into the game and proved that he could step up when his number is called and do what a quality bench player needs to do.
With Ewing Jr. performing so well and giving me a player to root for, it really made the absence of Seth Curry easy to stomach. I still long to have Seth Curry’s number 30 in a Bobcats jersey next season though and I believe his chances are highly likely. The Bobcats have been on the hunt to find a good shooter to bring off the bench outside of the turnover prone Ben Gordon and many believed Curry was the guy for the job. But the Bobcats made the surprising move of reaching out to Virginia Commonwealth University guard Troy Daniels. This made many people begin to think that Daniels was the sign that the Bobcats were looking in a different direction. While Daniels was impressive playing at VCU, he has still never gotten the chance to play against quality talent on a consistent basis. This was demonstrated in his Summer League play. While we have no way of knowing if Curry would have outplayed Daniels, I believe it goes without saying Seth’s ceiling is higher than Daniels could ever hope to be, simply based off what we saw in college. Curry was the better college player by a long shot. In their last season Seth averaged 17.5 points per game at 46% shooting and 43% from three in the talent heavy ACC, while Daniels averaged 12.3 with 41% shooting and 40% from three in his last season playing in the Atlantic 10 Conference. With Troy Daniels’ less than stellar performance in Vegas and the very strong possibility Curry will be in training camp, it is safe to say we will have a fun fight for a roster spot to watch between these two. A roster spot battle in which I expect Seth Curry to beat out Troy Daniels in.
It is no secret that Patrick Ewing Jr.’s dad is the assistant head coach, while Seth Curry’s dad is the commentator for the Bobcats, so of course you have people screaming nepotism and that the situation is unfair. Fans of this franchise are wary of nepotism after the great Cory Higgins fiasco where his dad Rod Higgins pretty much secured his son a spot on the team. To be fair though Cory Higgins was a talented basketball player at Colorado and deserved a chance at a roster spot in the NBA. At the time, I honestly believed it was a great move after watching him play in college. The true evidence of nepotism was the fact that it was obvious Higgins was not ready for the NBA. Instead of cutting him like you would expect him to be or at least sending him to the D-League he was given that roster spot again for another year and showed no signs of improvement. I do not blame people for hating the thought of this team bringing in anybody just because of their name, but Seth Curry and Patrick Ewing Jr. is a different scenario. Curry has competed at the highest level in college and has shown more potential than Cory Higgins ever did. Patrick Ewing Jr. has had his hardships in the NBA and has played very well in the D-League also showing promise in the Summer League. Clearly the Bobcats are not going to be making any other large free agency moves, so what could it hurt to give these two men a chance? Ewing Jr. has been patient and has worked hard for this opportunity. He may not have all the talent in the world, but it would be a tall task for the Bobcats to find another guy who plays with as much heart and hustle as him. For an end of bench guy and possibly someone who will be in suit all year, would it really be such a bad thing if we had no other plans in free agency? Seth Curry, as much as some UNC fans despise it, has a good bit of potential in him. I honestly believe he could become one of the better role players within the league. Maybe nepotism has played a role in both of these men possibly getting them training camp looks, but after following each career I can honestly say I could care less what their last name is, they can play.
Lead Hornets Writer: Jonathon Hoppe