By Rick Bonnell
CHICAGO – Seth Curry doesn’t have his father’s height or his brother’s point-guard skill set. That doesn’t mean he doubts his ability to make an NBA team.
Charlottean Curry’s Duke career ended in the NCAA tournament. Then he had surgery to stabilize a stress fracture he played with throughout his senior season.
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Now he’s in Chicago, interviewing with NBA teams and hoping to be chosen in next month’s draft. What’s his sales pitch?
“I’m an established shooter who can come in right away and not go through an adaption period to the NBA,’’ said Curry, “I’ve been around this game my whole life. I can come in right away and fill a need. It helped that I spent four years in college, too.’’
Curry measured 6-3 in shoes at the Combine. That’s not small, but it’s borderline for the height NBA teams want in a shooting guard. Still, he averaged 17.5 points as a senior and shot 44 percent from the college 3-point line, so he has a skill teams always need.
It probably helps Curry’s cause that the NBA has been more receptive to small, quick backcourts of late. The Bobcats paired Kemba Walker and Ramon Sessions for long stretches last season, and that’s hardly rare.
“You’re seeing these days a lot of teams playing combo guards together – two 6-2, 6-3 guards,’’ Curry said. “There have been prototypes.’’
Speaking of prototypes, his father Dell (longtime NBA player) and his brother Stephen (ex-Davidson and current Golden State point guard) show Seth has quite a bloodline. That can’t hurt when a team has a second-round pick and is looking around for a shooter off the bench.
Curry has already interviewed with the Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets and New York Knicks. His rehab from surgery will likely preclude him from any on-court workouts before the draft.
“All I can really do right now is help them know my personality, my basketball IQ,’’ Curry said. “That’s all I can control – my rehab and this interview process.’’
Len doesn’t lack for confidence: Maryland center Alex Len interviewed with the Charlotte Bobcats Thursday. He did so on crutches, following ankle surgery to address a stress fracture.
A 7-footer who is solid defensively and has strong post moves, Len likely won’t be ready to play until September. He sure doesn’t lack for confidence. He volunteered during a media session Friday that 10 years from now everyone will remember him as the best player in the 2013 draft.
The Bobcats will pick no worse than fifth; their precise pick will be determined in Tuesday night’s lottery. It’s questionable whether Len will be a top-five pick, but he would address what might be the Bobcats’ greatest need – low-post scoring that could force opponents to double-team.
Weights and measures: Duke’s Ryan Kelly, who had foot surgery recently, had by far the highest body-fat content measured at the Combine, at 14.8 percent. Only two other players had body fat above 10 percent. The average for the 63 players measured was 6.54 percent. Curry’s was rather high, too, at 9.6 percent.
N.C. State’s C.J. Leslie has been trying to bulk up to handle the pounding he’d take as an NBA power forward. He weighed in at 209 pounds, nine more than what he was listed at with the Wolfpack. He measured just under 6-foot-9, but his wingspan – 7-2 – was impressive.