Last night, Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki became the 6th player in NBA history to score 30,000 points when he nailed a second quarter jumper in his team’s 122-111 win over the Los Angeles Lakers. Today, Nowitzki’s teammate Seth Curry joined The Jim Rome Show, still trying to fathom the future Hall of Famer’s achievement.
“That’s hard to think about. That’s a lot of points, a lot of years, a lot of consistency getting buckets out there in the NBA,” Curry said. “It’s a testament to his consistency, like I said. His work ethic every single day. Being his teammate this year, being able to watch his consistent routines of working out, of what he’s done over the nineteen years is no secret as to why he’s been able to do that.”
The Mavericks’ starting guard himself is also creating buzz around the league with his outstanding play this season. The brother of back-to-back league MVP Steph Curry has long been overlooked but feels like Dallas has really given him a chance to showcase his skills.
“I think no matter where I’ve been, I feel like I’ve played well,” Curry said. “Whether it’s the D-League, the Summer League, get my shot last year and the end of the year in Sacramento to play consistent minutes, I felt like I was playing well. It was just a matter of getting an opportunity and a system in games that matter to show what I can do.
“So I mean, obviously I’ve gotten better over the time, learned, got more comfortable in the NBA game, but I felt like I’ve played well, and just got a great opportunity here in Dallas.”
Since Curry entered the starting lineup on a consistent basis, the team has gone 16-9 and is currently two games behind the Denver Nuggets for the 8th spot in the Western Conference playoff race. The guard credits a lot of the turnaround to playing more up-tempo ball.
“We’ve played a whole different style of basketball,” Curry said. “Earlier in the season, we were playing slow. Obviously we had different personnel and kind of inserted some younger guys in the lineup, myself included, trying to bring more energy, push the pace, and I think it’s energized guys like Dirk and got us playing good basketball.”
Curry said it helps to have a bunch of players on your roster who have been overlooked too.
“That’s why I have so much fun playing right now. A lot of guys have similar mentalities and been through a lot of the same stuff, that unified chip on the shoulder per say,” Curry said. “We’re just playing together, having fun, have a lot to prove to ourselves to the team to this league and I mean you could play well, but if you’re not winning games it doesn’t mean as much so to have us play well.”
Curry has fit in so well in Dallas, team owner Mark Cuban’s said he wants him to be a Maverick forever.
“To hear that he’s happy with what I bring to the team and help this team win games is special for me,” Curry said. “I’m trying to stay in the moment, trying to do what I do every single night and continue to work hard. So I’m sure at the end of the season, I will look back on what I’m doing, but I’m trying to get us in this playoff race right now.”
As for if Curry likes his new “Swaggy Swag” nickname Cuban glossed him with, the 26-year-old just laughed.
“I think only the boss can call me that. I’m not a huge fan of it, but he can do whatever he wants around there,” Curry chuckled.