Not every little brother can be like Eli Manning and have two Super Bowl rings to Peyton’s one.
Or, to flip genders, be like Serena Williams with 20 Grand Slam titles to big sister Venus’ eight.
Ask Seth Curry about it.
Big brother Stephen Curry is riding the double glory of being the NBA’s Most Valuable Player of the regular season then leading the Golden State Warriors (in scoring and assists at least), to their first league title in 40 years. He’s arguably the most popular player in the league not named LeBron and is expected to cash in on a contract a year from now that will dwarf the one Anthony Davis recently agreed to.
Meanwhile, Seth is hoping to be AD’s teammate.
The younger Curry is presently on the Pelicans’ Summer League team, trying to jump-start a pro career which, outside of 21 minutes in four games with three teams over two seasons, has been limited to the D-League.
Being named Curry might open doors for you. But you have to make it on your own.
Seth even has to hear about how adorable his press-conference stealing niece Riley is. Well, at least that part’s not so bad.
“That never gets old,” Seth said during this week’s practice leading up to the start of league play Friday in Las Vegas. “I know first-hand how cute she is.
“I love being around and feeding off her energy.”
And if Seth’s jealous of his older brother’s success, he certainly doesn’t let it show.
In the Finals, that was Seth along with his father, 17-year NBA veteran Dell Curry, mom Sonya, younger sister Sydel and sister-in-law Ayesha (along with Riley, of course) cheering on Stephen and the Warriors to the title.
“It was a great experience,” Seth said. “I’ve never been that close to seeing a team winning a championship like that.
“Just being around my brother every day, seeing what he went through, gave me great motivation to hopefully be there one day too.”
And as for being in Stephen’s shadow, Seth added, “Steph’s at a different level.
“I am who I am. That’s for other people to have to deal with.”
The Curry brothers, born two years apart, are close in size (Seth is 6-foot-2, 185 pounds to Stephen’s 6-3, 190). They also share a strong personal bond.
In his MVP speech, Stephen praised Seth saying, “We had some battles growing up.
“You challenged me every single day when we played 1-on-1 in the backyard. The sky’s the limit for you. Keep doing what you’re doing and you keep making the family proud.”
But few are arguing the two are close in talent.
And the fact that only two years in age separates them is a problem for Seth.
At 27, Stephen has played six NBA seasons after going seventh overall in the 2009 draft.
Seth will turn 25 on Aug. 23. He may be running out of chances.
Seth spent five years in college, one of them as a redshirt sitting out his transfer year from Liberty to Duke.
That’s not a quick path to the league. And then, despite being a three-year starter for the Blue Devils, a first-team All-ACC and second-team All-American as a senior, Seth went undrafted in 2013.
Stephen’s Warriors signed Seth, only to cut him before the season started. Memphis and Cleveland both signed him to 10-day contracts which were not renewed.
He went to camp with Orlando last year, but again did not make the cut. A 10-day contract in March with Phoenix was not renewed.
In between, to his credit, Seth has been a two-time All-D Leaguer, averaging 21.9 points and 4.9 assists in 81 games.
And there are decision-makers who have faith in him.
Pels associate head coach Darren Erman was an assistant at Golden State in 2013 and points out that Seth had suffered an ankle injury at Duke which limited his summer league play.
“Seth was just getting used to the NBA then, but now he’s stronger, he handles the basketball well and more confident,” he said. “He’s an NBA player.
“He’s just got to find the right spot and the right fit. Hopefully he has a good summer league and makes this team.”
Still, while they’ll tell you that there’s no age cutoff to making an opening-day roster, few manage that feat at age 25.
And it’s not like Seth hasn’t had plenty of exposure, if not opportunity, already.
Eventually reality has to set in.
“It’s extremely hard when you haven’t been drafted,” said Pelicans assistant Robert Pack, who wasn’t either, but nonetheless stuck with Portland in 1991 and carved out a 13-year NBA career. “But you’ve got to be determined to follow through with your dream.
“Seth’s a great talent and he has the luxury of being in the D-League where they don’t have to go overseas to see you progress.”
And it could be that the Pels’ present Seth’s best chance at a roster spot.
Like his brother, he’s a long-range shooter who’s also deadly from the free-throw line (92.6 in the D-League).
With Jimmer Fredette not likely to be re-signed and Norris Cole a restricted free agent whose offer from another team the Pelicans might not be able to match, there’s a likely opening for a combo guard on the team.
“The system here is good for me,” Seth said of his chances. “I think I can come in, spread the floor and bring that shooting punch they haven’t really had in the past.”
And maybe things will work out.
“Every time I go on the floor, I try to make an impact,” he said. “I still believe I can play on an NBA team.
“Hopefully, I’ll get the opportunity.”