Philadelphia 76ers guard Seth Curry said there is nothing personal about playing the NBA team that traded him.
The 76ers comfortably defeated their former squad, the Mavericks, 111-97 Thursday night in a game in which Curry contributed 15 points and converted on all of his three-point attempts.
“I think they made a bad business decision,” Curry said after the game, via ESPN’s Tim Bontemps.
The Mavericks traded Curry to the 76ers on draft night for Josh Richardson and the 36th pick overall.
In his first season with his new team, Curry is averaging 13 points per game and has made 46.8% of his shots from behind the arc, which is the seventh best in the league.
On the other hand, Josh Richardson has only made 30.1% from 3s this season. As a Sixer, Richardson hit 34.1% of his 3s last season, so Curry is giving the Sixers more offensive output this season.
In addition to scoring 15 points, Seth Curry posted a +17 rating in Thursday’s game. Richardson, on the other hand, scored 13 points, missed all four of his triples and had a plus-minus rating of -24, so Curry has one point.
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Thursday’s game showed just how uneven the offseason trade was between the Sixers and Mavs. Going into this season, the Sixers’ biggest problem was that they didn’t have reliable shooters surrounding their two superstars Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. Now, with the acquisitions of Curry and Danny Green, the Sixers lead the Eastern Conference.
The Mavericks, on the other hand, resemble the team the Sixers were last season. Their star player, Luka Doncic, was limited to 19 points in Thursday’s action as the Embiid-Simmons duo doubled. Even though the Mavs were missing their second best player in Kristaps Porzingis, their success cannot live and die in Doncic and Porzingis.
Even if Curry didn’t say anything after the game, the poor business decision would have been clear to anyone who had seen the two teams play.