4. Seth Curry
After waiving Jameer Nelson just before the the start of the season, the Nuggets began the year with two point guards on the roster: Jamal Murray and Emmanuel Mudiay. Murray seized the starting role and proved that he’s a legit part of Denver’s young core moving forward. The guy can flat out score. Although the starting role was quickly filled, Denver had issues at backup point guard all season. Mudiay continued to disappoint, turning the ball over, barfing up bricks and playing poor defense. Devin Harris replaced Mudiay at the deadline and brought some stability to the backup one spot. With Harris entering free agency, that backup role is up for grabs again in Denver. Harris contributed nicely for the Nuggets last season, but given his age and his so-so jumper Denver should probably look for an upgrade.
And so we come to Seth Curry aka Splash Jr. Like GRIII, Seth Curry was unable to build on a nice 2017 campaign because of injury. He suffered a stress fracture in his lower leg and missed the entire season; after failing to recover in the expected time period, Curry had to undergo surgery in February. Teams generally want reliable players filling the backup one spot, so signing a guy that missed a year would be a big risk. But getting anyone better than Curry at a cheap figure is unrealistic.
Although the most heralded facet of his game is the hereditary Curry shooting touch, Seth has some sneaky all-around skills. The threat of his shot gets defenders in the air and Curry can drive by them and finish in the lane with some nice floaters. Seth’s defensive abilities are perhaps the most surprising aspect of his game; he’s a heady defender despite his slight build. Curry has a good sense for when to gamble for steals, often anticipating passes and jumping open lanes.
Seth would be a capable steward as Denver’s backup point guard. He wouldn’t hurt the offense like Mudiay and he can hold up on defense. How affordable will he be though? If Curry is available at a price between the league minimum and the taxpayer MLE, Denver should jump on the opportunity to sign him.