The other Curry makes a splash

An NBA with both Curry brothers is no longer a long shot. Could be more like a layup.

Seth Curry has torn up Las Vegas — his 25.3-points-per-game average leads the summer league — and now Stephen’s younger brother is on the verge of a guaranteed contract with the New Orleans Pelicans next season.

“I feel like I’ve played well enough and I feel like I’m an NBA player,” said Curry, 24, who averaged 23.8 points per game with the Erie BayHawks in the Developmental League last season.

Two years ago, the Warriors signed Curry to a non-guaranteed contract, but an ankle injury hurt his chances and he was cut in training camp. The 6-foot-2 combo guard played a total of four games and 21 minutes with the Memphis Grizzlies, Cleveland Cavaliers and Phoenix Suns since then.

“It’s a little frustrating to not get the opportunity, but the only thing I can do is go out there like I’ve been doing and keep playing well and competing against guys who are already on NBA rosters and trying to outplay them and letting that take care of itself,” Curry said.

Don’t get any crazy ideas here. The other Curry can fill it up from beyond the 3-point arc, but he doesn’t have Steph’s handle or drive-and-dish game. He’s also known to be allergic to defense at times.

Nonetheless, Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry likes what he sees in the kid lately.

“He’s got good pedigree, good DNA in that area,” Gentry said. “He’s capable of making a shot, but I think you’ve got to do a few more things, and I think he’s showing everybody out here in the summer league that he can do other things other than just score the basketball.”

MIDNIGHT SPECIAL: Anyone who watched the Giants’ victory from start to finish on Friday deserves one of those Croix de Candlestick buttons that they handed out years ago. The crazy marathon in Arizona lasted five hours, 11 minutes, or about as long as a David Ortiz home run trot.

Brandon Crawford made the play of the game then scored the final run on a Diamondbacks error, as the Champs prevailed 6-5 in 12 innings. Manager Bruce Bochy went through every one of his position players and relief pitchers. Only Madison Bumgarner, Chris Heston and Jake Peavy were available at the finish.

Reluctant reliever Ryan Vogelsong pitched two scoreless innings to earn the victory. And he contributed a bunt single in the final rally.

If the first two games after the All-Star break are any indication, then the Giants and their fans have a wild ride ahead of him.

BACK IN THE SADDLE: When 49ers great Justin Smith retired last spring, the man known as Cowboy didn’t sound like a guy who was content to ride off into the sunset. So it’s no surprise he may be back in the NFL next season after spending this year in Missouri, where he was born and played college ball for three seasons.

According to Missouri coach Gary Pinkel, Smith has been been offered a position as a strength assistant.

“I think he wants to get involved in the weight room a little bit with our players and help us out,” Pinkel said at SEC Media Days recently. “That would be great if he can do that. He would be a tremendous asset to us.”

Smith has plans for a ranch in Columbia, where the school is located. In 2000, the Jefferson City, Mo., native had a team-high 81 tackles and 11 sacks before the Cincinnati Bengals drafted him fourth overall.

Meanwhile, Smith and the 49ers parted on good terms, and a reunion would appear to be a given in the not-to-distant future.

SAY AGAIN? Ex-49er wideout Terrell Owens claimed that he didn’t much care if he joined Hall of Fame lock Brett Favre in Canton, Ohio, next summer.

“I can’t wrap my head around that whole process because it really, literally, doesn’t mean that much to me,” Owens told NFL Network host Rich Eisen the other day. “I understand what I’ve done on the field and it’s probably well deserving of [the Hall], but I’m being honest, it really doesn’t bother me whether I get in or not.”

Balls has wrapped itself around the whole process, and it guarantees that if the guy who ranks second in receiving yards, third in receiving touchdowns and sixth in pass receptions in NFL history doesn’t gain induction on the first try, T.O. will be P.O.’d in no time.

LET IT GO ALREADY: The Warriors disproved Charles Barkley’s contention that jump-shooting teams can’t be wildly successful, but the TNT funnyman remains hopelessly stuck in the 1990s, when the NBA was a much different game.

“If you look at what the San Antonio Spurs did, they went out and got LaMarcus Aldridge,” Barkley told CSN  Bay Area at the American Century Championship celebrity tournament in Lake Tahoe last weekend. “So teams aren’t going small. They just need quality big men.”

The Spurs did acquire Aldridge, one of the few go-to bigs left in the league. But they also brought back Manu Ginoboli, Danny Green and Kawhi Leonard, the core of a 3-point attack that was effective as any in the league this decade.

More Barkley: “What the Golden State Warriors did was terrific. If you can get guards like Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, you’ve got a better chance of playing smallball. But I don’t think the NBA all of a sudden is going have a bunch of 3-point shooters and put in a bunch of small line-ups.”

Pssst, Chuckles, the NBA already has a bunch of 3-point shooters and a bunch of smaller lineups. And in a copy-cat league, chances are more teams will follow the Warriors’ lead next season.

YOUR TURN: “You wrote that MLB should be ashamed of the declining (number) of black players in the game. What you did not mention is the increase in the overall racial diversity of players at the MLB level. There are more Latino and Asian players than ever before.” — Marty Feil, San Francisco

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