Duke basketball alum on track to make NBA history

Former Duke basketball guard Seth Curry (Kyle Ross-USA TODAY Sports)
Former Duke basketball guard Seth Curry (Kyle Ross-USA TODAY Sports) /

Seth Curry belongs on the list of the best Duke basketball pros these days.

Sure, Seth Curry may never become an all-around NBA masterpiece, but the 31-year-old’s game is exquisite art nonetheless. And supposing the former three-year Duke basketball guard (2010-13) keeps up his current shooting percentages and scoring average this season for the Eastern Conference-leading Philadelphia 76ers (7-2), well, his campaign will warrant a “historic” tag.

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As StatMuse tweeted and the official Duke basketball account retweeted on Thursday night, if the season ended right now, Curry would be the first player in NBA history to average 15-plus points while shooting at least 60 percent from the field and 50 percent beyond the arc. After starting all nine games for the 76ers thus far, here’s where those stats stand at the moment:

  • 17.8 points per game
  • 61.6 percent from the field
  • 53.1 percent beyond the arc

Yes, that is some impressive efficiency. It’s especially so when considering the eighth-year NBA sniper went undrafted in 2013 and failed to earn a guaranteed contract until 2015 after also going largely unrecruited by major conferences out of high school.

Duke basketball product inching toward another unrivaled mark

In Thursday’s 109-98 win at the Detroit Pistons (1-7), Seth Curry finished with a team-high 23 points in 37 minutes, marking his third consecutive game scoring 20 or more. His smooth bucket-getting consisted of a 9-for-14 clip from the field, including a 4-for-8 performance from downtown, plus a 1-for-1 mark at the foul line, where he’s shooting 85.7 percent this go-round.

With his efforts, the NBA Blue Devil remained atop the list of active career 3-point percentages with his 44.8 percent. He is more than one percent ahead of his closest pursuers, Joe Harris of the Brooklyn Nets and older brother Steph Curry of the Golden State Warriors, respectively.

As for the all-time list, Seth Curry trails only the 45.4 percent of former five-time NBA champ and current three-time-champion Warriors head coach Steve Kerr.

Watch out, Steve Kerr.

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Seth Curry and the Philadelphia 76ers return to action at 8 p.m. ET Saturday on the road against the Chicago Bulls (6-2).