The Philadelphia 76ers got a historically elite 3-point shooter who happened to be married to the coach’s daughter, completing a deal the night that sent guard Josh Richardson and No. 36 in the NBA Draft Wednesday to the Dallas Mavericks for Seth Curry.
Curry, whose father-in-law is the new coach of Sixers Doc Rivers, addresses Philadelphia’s apparent need to shoot around the perimeter to complement stars Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. He ranks second in NBA history at 3 percent (44.3), behind only current Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr and four places ahead of his brother, two-time MVP Stephen Curry.
Seth Curry, 30, averaged 12.4 points per game for the Mavs last season in the first year of a $ 32 million four-year deal. He shot the best 45.2% in his career from a range of 3 points.
“Having a true gravitational elite shooter really changes the dynamics of Ben and Joel,” 76-year-old basketball president Daryl Morey said late Wednesday night about trading with Curry. “Those who watch the Sixers up close and personally, like you, have been longer than me when Joel and Ben actually thought it was insane how good these teams were and how well these teams played when they were all healthy.
“So that was really the topic for tonight. Getting Seth, you can argue about him as the top scorer in the NBA, was really exciting.”
Richardson, who averaged 13.7 points per game last season after arriving in Philadelphia under Jimmy Butler’s signing and trading contract, is meeting Dallas’ desire to improve his physical performance and become a better defensive team in this season.
“Going out last season, our offense was historically great, but we need to improve our defense,” said Mavs coach Rick Carlisle after Dallas prepared winger Josh Green at number 18. “Part of that will be the kind of work we do on training camp time, but the other part is when we make a draft and when we get players, we want them to have that kind of mindset and ability. “
Choice number 36 was used to select Colorado striker Tyler Bay, the Pac-12 defender of the year last season.