Duke seniors Ryan Kelly and Seth Curry are not going to be high selections in this year’s NBA draft, but they could be specialists in the NBA. They are both great shooters that can knock down an open jumper. They also both play hard night in and night out. Neither one of them is going to lead a team to the playoffs, but they are the kind of players that can help a playoff team contend for a championship.
Ryan Kelly is a big who can stretch the defense, something every team is looking for. He is a pick and pop guy who can also go inside. This could be a good fit for a playoff team such as the Pacers–he could take over after David West leaves or retires. Kelly’s game has similarities to West’s, except he isn’t as athletic as West. His shooting and his toughness to give up his body for the team could make him a good guy to bring off the bench. He could be going to a number of playoff teams and making an impact off the bench, but the best fit for him would be the New York Knicks. They could be looking for a big to stretch the floor and open it up for Carmelo Anthony.
Curry is an interesting prospect because he can shoot like his older brother Steph, but he is not as good of a passer nor is he as athletic. This past season he was hurt, and it showed because he was never as good as he could be, but he played and played well. He could be another good piece to bring off the bench–a shooter who can come in and stretch the floor. He is someone that could develop in to a starter and someone who can be a big part of a team. No one thought his brother would be a star in the league, but he is quickly becoming one. Seth also has his brother’s step back shot that both of them use extremely well so don’t count Seth out. He won’t be drafted in the first round, which might hurt him in the long run.
Curry and Kelly face a struggle coming in to the league because they are not as fast or athletic as most teams would like, but they are expert shooters and we saw this postseason that the NBA can always use shooters. They are both hurt right now and couldn’t work out at the combine, which could give a team pause to drafting them, but when they are healthy they’re hard workers and great shooters.
They are both great shooters and both of them will be an impact in the NBA, and Kelly could be a specialist with the right team like the Knicks. They also could go with a guard – forward combo and get someone else that could create a shot, but Kelly and Anthony could really play well together. The problem with Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire is that they both need to go to the basket, but Kelly would rather shoot than drive.
Curry is a little harder to place since he will be a second round pick, but so could Kelly. Curry might not even get drafted. The team that would be interesting for him would be Golden State, where he could play behind his brother, but that is unlikely since they already have Steph and Klay Thompson. He could help a team like Memphis who has a great inside game but could use an outside threat. It could also be a fit because they do have a good point guard in Mike Conley, and Curry could play beside him or play as his backup. This could be a good fit for him.