Duke Basketball: Why Seth Curry Is Blue Devils Most Valuable Player

Daine PavloskiAnalyst IIJanuary 18, 2013

Curry has been dealing with injuries all season, but has always been there for Coach K and the Blue Devils.
Curry has been dealing with injuries all season, but has always been there for Coach K and the Blue Devils.Grant Halverson/Getty Images

Mason Plumlee is leading the Duke Blue Devils in points per game, rebounds per game and blocks per game. He's played the most minutes for the Blue Devils and is one of the best big men in the country. 

However, he's no Seth Curry

Curry may not have the stat line of Plumlee, but he's taken this season to set himself as the leader of Coach K's squad. Curry is playing with a few different injuries, one to his shin and another to his ankle. 

Even with the injuries, Curry has come up huge in a few games, especially during his 24-point performance against Georgia Tech in Duke's last game. Duke struggled during a few stretches in the game; the only consistent player throughout was Curry. 

Seth has been on for Coach K all season, averaging just under 17 points and two assists per game. Curry has been one of the most consistent offensive weapons for Duke, which will become very important as the season rolls towards March. 

During Duke's injury-riddled season so far, Curry has been sure to step up his play when his fellow Blue Devils go down with injury. In the two games without Ryan Kelly, Curry has scored 24 and 22 points. He's brought up his season average and has made up for his missing teammates when the time has come. 

Duke has a ton of big games coming up in the second half of their season, including two games with Miami (currently No. 1 in the ACC), two games with UNC and another game with NC State, the team who upset Duke just a few games back. 

Seth Curry is one of the best shooters in the NCAA, and even with a few leg injuries, he's been performing at a very high level for his team. 

As Duke's ACC schedule picks up the pace and games start to gain a lot more meaning, the senior point guard will become extremely important for Coach K and the Blue Devils' success.