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Duke basketball 2012-2013 player review: Seth Curry

With the regular season in the books and tournament season right around the corner, The Blue Zone will review the seasons of all the Blue Devils, beginning with the freshman Monday and ending with the seniors Thursday.

Seth Curry

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  • Year: Senior
  • Height: 6-2
  • Position: Shooting Guard

  • This year's stat line: 17.1 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 1.6 APG, 0.8 SPG

  • The Blue Zone's projected stat line: 15.0 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 3.0 APG, 1.2 SPG
  • Season breakdown: Seth Curry's season is truly remarkable when you consider that he is playing with not one, but two bad legs. The man who's third in the ACC in scoring—his 17.1 points per game is just 0.1 behind teammate Mason Plumlee—has barely put in any time at practice because he needs to rest his weary legs to be ready for game play. Curry has been especially deadly of late, eclipsing the 20 point mark three times in his last four games. Earlier this year he set his career high against Santa Clara with a 31-point explosion.

    Curry's assist numbers have dipped to a career-low figure, but that could be due to Quinn Cook's emergence as a true point guard. Besides, Curry is back up to his 2010-2011 3-point percentage, hitting 43.5% of his attempts from long-range. With Ryan Kelly missing a large portion of the season, Curry played a crucial role in keeping the Blue Devils near the top of the rankings week in and week out.

    Role on the team: Curry is option 1A on offense—or 1B...or 1C. In any case he is just as crucial to the team's success in the postseason as his senior compatriots Plumlee and Kelly. Curry has proven time and again this season that he can change a game with his shooting, but he is also adept at penetrating when he chooses to. Although head coach Mike Krzyzewski isn't concerned with the amount of games Duke will be forced to play during this tournament season, it stands to reason that Curry could tire out playing so frequently on his injured body. His health—along with Kelly's—is crucial to the Blue Devils' success this March. As we wrote about earlier in the week, Curry's production has greatly varied with the amount of rest he gets between games.

    Results relative to expectations: The projections weren't too bad for Curry. His scoring was a little underestimated—though he has kicked it into another gear of late—and his assist and steal numbers were a little overestimated, but overall Curry was pegged pretty well. We all knew that he would be one of the most lethal scorers in the ACC this season, and that's exactly what he proved to be, bad legs and all.

    In case you missed it, we’ve already reviewed: Rasheed SulaimonAmile JeffersonAlex MurphyMarshall Plumlee, Tyler Thornton, Josh Hairston, Quinn Cook

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