Charlottean Seth Curry is no stranger to gratification deferred.

He spent his first college basketball season (2008-09) at Liberty, before playing well enough to transfer to national power Duke. He wasn’t selected in the 2013 NBA draft, partly because of an injury, working his way up through minor-league basketball and 10-day contracts before landing a multiyear contract with the Dallas Mavericks in 2016.

This season was supposed to be the NBA reward for Curry, son of Charlotte Hornets icon Dell and younger brother of Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen. He’d been penciled in as a starter at guard, alongside former N.C. State star Dennis Smith, Jr.

And then…nothing. Curry, 27, has yet to play in a Mavericks season that is 38 games old, due to a stress reaction in his left leg. It is a foregone conclusion he won’t be ready in time for the Mavs’ only game in Charlotte this season, Jan. 10 at Spectrum Center.