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    Getty Jonathan Kuminga goes up for a shot in a game against the Chicago Bulls. The Golden State Warriors have boasted a two-track plan for success, a team filled with veteran stars prepared for immediate success alongside promising young players expected to keep them in title contention for many years to come. One insider believes those two tracks could be converging sooner than expected. This offseason, the Warriors lost a number of players who were critical to their title run last season. Defensive-minded guard Gary Payton II was lured away by the Portland Trail Blazers and an offer the Warriors were unable to match. Do-it-all big man Otto Porter Jr. landed a $12.4-million deal from the Toronto Raptors, and fellow big man Nemanja Bjelica opted to return to his former team in Turkey. As ESPN’s Kendra Andrews reported, those and other departures could shorten the learning curve for the team’s group of young players and thrust them into bigger roles next year, and 2021 lottery pick Jonathan Kuminga could have the most on his shoulders.Warriors Could Expect More...
    Getty Golden State Warriors forward Jonathan Kuminga runs the floor during a summer league bout with the San Antonio Spurs. The jump to the international stage was rocky for Golden State Warriors forward Jonathan Kuminga. After a first NBA season where he showed flashes of brilliant play alongside some typical rookie struggles, Kuminga’s debut for the Congolese national team went much the same way. The 19-year-old Kuminga is representing his country in the 2023 FIBA World Cup qualifiers currently taking place in Tunisia, and had a rocky performance when his team played Cameroon on Friday. The latest Warriors news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Warriors newsletter here! Join Heavy on Warriors! Kuminga Goes Cold From the FieldKuminga had a difficult time finding his jumper in Friday’s game, making just four of his 15 shots from the field and missing all seven of his 3-point attempts. Despite the struggles, Kuminga willed his way to a team-high 18 points, thanks largely to hitting 10-of-12 on his free throws. Kuminga’s Congo team ultimately ended up losing 71-69,...
    SAN FRANCISCO — Fresh off an NBA championship, the Warriors are anticipating this will be a big summer for some of their younger pieces pegged to be the organization’s future. James Wiseman, Jonathan Kuminga and Moses Moody are all expected to play in Summer League action next month, general manger Bob Myers said Wednesday. Barring any setbacks, this will be the first time Wiseman sees game action since his stint with the team’s G League affiliate in Santa Cruz in March before he was shut down for the season due to persistent swelling in his surgically repaired knee. It’s unclear whether the trio will play together or be separated. The Warriors are set to host the California Classic at Chase Center July 2 and 3, featuring games against the Lakers and Kings, before Las Vegas Summer League, which runs July 7-17. Wiseman previously said there was a 90% chance he would play in the offseason competition and his health appears to be trending in the right direction. He worked out Tuesday and Wednesday, and coach Steve Kerr saying he’s been...
    SAN FRANCISCO — James Wiseman said he’ll “most likely play” in Summer League next month. If that’s the case, he might not be the only reigning NBA champion worth watching in Las Vegas. Jonathan Kuminga said Saturday afternoon that he would “love to” play in the annual offseason competition. “I would want to do it especially if I’m trying to grow and learn and get better every day, I got to play more,” he said. “I feel like the Summer League would be good.” Some players go through their entire careers without winning an NBA championship. But at 19, Kuminga is the second youngest player to earn a championship ring. Kuminga acknowledged how special it was for him to win at the highest level at such a young age. He enjoyed his cousin sending a video of his family doing the Griddy dance after the Warriors knocked off the Celtics in six games. His brother, who is back in Africa, also told him that “everybody is happy that you’re a champion.” But reaching the mountaintop of the NBA only made...
    SAN FRANCISCO — Even from the bench, James Wiseman made sure to soak in every bit of the Warriors’ NBA title run. Now the No. 2 overall pick is hoping to get back on the court and help the Warriors defend that title in 2023. How and when Wiseman will take those steps is still up in the air, though there is a good chance he will participate in Summer League games for the Warriors in Las Vegas mid-July. “Most likely play in summer league but we’re trying to get situated,” Wiseman said on Saturday afternoon as the Warriors returned to Chase Center for some hungover exit interviews. “It’s up in the air, but there’s a 90 percent chance.” Wiseman was sidelined for the entire season rehabbing his surgically repaired knee. The seven-foot center had surgery to repair a torn meniscus last April with a timeline to return a year later for training camp earlier this year. But a series of set-backs prolonged his rehab and kept him out of game action. In March, Wiseman approached the doorstep to a...
    Rookie Jonathan Kuminga’s first taste of the playoffs came in garbage time. With the Warriors’ comfortably in the lead for Games 1 and 2 of this first-round series against Denver, Kuminga sopped up a collective seven minutes of playoff action with one point scored on a free throw. In Golden State’s eventual Game 4 loss to the Nuggets on Sunday, coach Steve Kerr had far more significant plans for the 19-year-old. The Warriors were in desperate need for an offensive spark off the bench when Kuminga entered the game at the 11:11 mark of the second quarter for Nemanja Bjelica and he earned his right to stay on the court the rest of the quarter. Kuminga scored nine points on 3-of-4 shooting, his one miss was from beyond the arc. His first field goal, a soaring dunk in transition on a heave from Steph Curry, stunned the crowd in Denver. And while Kuminga looked a little confused at times — some of teammates had to point him in the right direction on defense — his potential as a lethal scoring...
    Getty/Tom Pennington Head coach Steve Kerr of the Golden State Warriors calls out a play against the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center in Dallas. With all the success the Golden State Warriors have enjoyed through the early part of these playoffs, much of their young players have taken a back seat in the rotation. When the veterans of the Dubs were injured, young guys like Jonathan Kuminga and Moses Moody played huge minutes for long stretches of the season. This in part helped hone their skills and confidence on the court, not something other contending teams offer to players so young. But now with the veterans back for the playoffs, that has mostly squeezed much of the younger guys out of the rotation. Having said that, Steve Kerr offered some words of wisdom for his young players, especially Kuminga. “That’s a big part of the playoffs,” Kerr says after practice on April 23. “Everyone staying ready. A guy like JK [Kuminga] has never been through it. He can’t rely on experience; he has to rely on advice.”...
    SAN ANTONIO – Coach Steve Kerr said he has “no doubt” that Jonathan Kuminga will make an impact in the playoffs, but how much he will use the rookie remains unclear. Kuminga has earned a right to be in the conversation of being part of the Warriors playoff rotation, an impressive feat for a 19-year-old on a team that’s a championship contender when healthy. Saturday’s win against the Spurs gave another glimpse at Kerr’s postseason rotation plans. He’s recently been going for a more experienced second unit with players like Gary Payton II, Andre Iguodala, Otto Porter Jr. and Nemanja Bjelica. That means Kuminga, who didn’t play in the first and third quarters of the Warriors’ 100-94 win, might be on the first man out. “JK is the guy we go to after that group so it’s kind of been that way the last few games,” Kerr said after the game. “And if he’s got it going we’ll stay with them and if not, then we’ll go back to the bets but he’s doing a great job staying ready.” Kerr’s...
    Getty Boston Celtics star Jayson Tatum. Even despite a loss in their most recent outing, Jayson Tatum and company have given Boston Celtics fans plenty to be excited about in recent weeks. The C’s have rallied off five victories over their last six games and boast a record of 16-3 over their past 19 contests. Much like the Celtics, the Golden State Warriors are also enjoying a rejuvenation of sorts. After missing the postseason in back-to-back seasons, the Dubs have re-emerged as legitimate title contenders. Of course, Steph Curry and a healthy duo of Draymond Green and Klay Thompson will play a pivotal role in whether or not Golden State once again hoists the Larry O’Brien trophy this postseason. However, they won’t do so without the continued stellar play from a blossoming bevy of youngsters, headed by reigning No. 7 overall pick Jonathan Kuminga. During the first half of the Warriors’ eventual 122-109 win over the Milwaukee Bucks, Kuminga made the most of his limited usage, scoring eight points, snatching seven rebounds and adding one block in just...
    Getty/Ezra Shaw Golden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers looks on with owner Joe Lacob as their team plays against the Denver Nuggets at Chase Center. February was a great month for Warriors‘ Jonathan Kuminga. After only getting inconsistent minutes through the first part of the season, Kuminga was given a role where he could excel at. Anyone that watches basketball can see the glimpses of dominance from the rookie, but is still incredibly raw. His ability to play through opponents to get to the rim is rare for someone who is just 19 years old. Warriors’ general manager Bob Myers was on 95.7 The Game’s Morning Roast Tuesday morning and praised Kuminga’s ability to draw contact. “For a rookie to get to the line as much as he does, it’s almost a testament to how good he can be. His free throw rate is off the charts, in any position. He is not even getting the benefit of the doubt as a rookie.” Read More From Heavy Bet on the Warriors Risk-Free This Week Per 36 minutes,...
    OKLAHOMA CITY — The plays that stuck out to Steve Kerr and Jonathan Kuminga in yet another sensational showing from the 19-year-old weren’t any of his high-flying dunks. One was the result of a message from Draymond Green and the other a sign of his growing acumen within the Warriors system. A screen and a charge: two plays that likely won’t land on any highlight reels but flashed the flexibility Kuminga gives the Warriors, especially in Green’s absence, as a small-ball big man. Whether it’s been a product of circumstances — Kevon Looney being the only player larger than Kuminga consistently available over the recent stretch of games — or the strides made by the rookie, Kerr has shown an increasing interest in slotting in Kuminga as the primary post presence in Golden State’s largely position-less lineups. “He’s definitely perfectly suited to play a small 5, just with his strength. … and power and explosion,” Kerr said Monday night, after Kuminga’s third consecutive game scoring in double figures. Against the Thunder, Kuminga subbed in for the...
    Ezra Shaw/Getty Images Jonathan Kuminga Golden State Warriors rookie Jonathan Kuminga had one of the best performances of his young career on Tuesday night. Kuminga was the team’s leading scorer in their 130-92 victory over the Dallas Mavericks. Kuminga poured in 22 points in just 18 minutes. While the points aren’t a career-high for him, Kuminga scored 26 against the Raptors on December 18, it was his most efficient game. Kuminga was on fire shooting the ball, he was 8-for-9 from the field and 4-for-4 from 3-point range. To hear Kuminga and the Warriors tell it though, they aren’t surprised when Kuminga plays like this.Future All-StarKuminga came out of high school as a consensus five-star recruit. He opted to play in the G-League instead of playing college basketball. High expectations have been a part of Kuminga’s basketball journey and his early play with the Warriors has him and the team with high hopes for the future. According to a story from NBA.com, Kuminga believes he can be a future All-Star. “As long as I put my work in...
    Getty Jonathan Kuminga drives the ball in a game against the Detroit Pistons. Klay Thompson can see the future of the Golden State Warriors, and he says it belongs to his uber-athletic 19-year-old teammate. Thompson shared some big praise for rookie Jonathan Kuminga after his first career double-double in a win over the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday. After starting the year outside of the regular rotation, Kuminga has gradually taken on a larger role and could eventually be headed for stardom, Thompson predicts. The latest Warriors news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Warriors newsletter here! Join Heavy on Warriors! Thompson Shares Love for His TeammateKuminga has assumed a bigger role since an injury to starting big man Draymond Green, moving into the starting lineup and turning in a series of strong performances. He had 12 points and 10 rebounds in 25 minutes in Tuesday’s 102-86 win over the Pistons, and over the last several games has drawn some of the more difficult defensive assignments. Kuminga’s play particularly impressed Thompson, who predicted that the teenager...
    SAN FRANCISCO — With the Warriors facing life without Draymond Green for an extended period of time, rookie Jonathan Kuminga may be the biggest beneficiary of those missing minutes. After the recent growth shown by Kuminga, the opportunity couldn’t come at a better time. The Warriors’ recent road trip was a big one for the 19-year-old rookie. He flashed more high-flying dunks and scored in double figures every game he played. But more than any single highlight, Kuminga’s overall growth as a player was the biggest reason for optimism. Andrew Wiggins said he saw “a lot of growth” out of Kuminga over the past four games, and Klay Thompson ended the trip by declaring Kuminga a “building block for years to come” and a “huge part of this team for a long time.” Kerr called it “a great trip” for Kuminga, and with Green out, said the rookie would see more time, “for sure.” It didn’t get off to a good start. In an act of serendipity, the Warriors’ G League affiliate had a game against...
    Getty Jonathan Kuminga reacts to a play in a game against the Charlotte Hornets. Rookie Jonathan Kuminga has waited patiently for his opportunity to make a real difference for the Golden State Warriors. With a setback to starting wing Andrew Wiggins, Kuminga is finally getting that chance. Wiggins was placed in the league’s health and safety protocol this week, keeping him out of Monday’s game against the Sacramento Kings and allowing Kuminga to move into the starting lineup. Guard Jordan Poole had already been placed in protocols last week, which along with a rest day for some other veterans helped Kuminga reach another big milestone. The latest Warriors news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Warriors newsletter here! Join Heavy on Warriors! Unclear Status for Wiggins, Opportunity for KumingaAs ESPN reported, it remains unclear just how long Wiggins could be out. He needs to return two negative COVID-19 tests 24 hours apart to be eligible to return, leaving his status for the December 23 game against the Memphis Grizzlies up in the air. Wiggins at...
    Getty Golden State Warriors rookie Moses Moody gathers the ball for a shot attempt against the Denver Nuggets. There wasn’t much to write home about regarding the Golden State Warriors‘ Saturday bout with the Raptors. Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, Andrew Wiggins and Otto Porter were all back in the Bay Area, leaving a skeleton crew to get throttled in Toronto, 119-100. There were a handful of bright spots in the contest, however. Most notably, rookie forward Jonathan Kuminga got a chance to start and play heavy minutes. As a result, the No. 7 overall pick put up a career-high 26 points on 9-of-15 shooting (with four three-point buckets). Kuminga wasn’t the only Warriors rookie to raise eyebrows with their performance, though. For his part, Moses Moody — who has averaged just 6.5 minutes per appearance this season — had his best game in a Golden State uniform as well. It was an effort that prompted Warriors coach Steve Kerr to shout him out after the contest.Moody Hits Double Figures & Kerr Offers Him Praise @mosesmoody keepin' it real...
    SAN FRANCISCO — At the not-yet-ripe age of 19, Jonathan Kuminga can already say he’s conquered a former team. A couple days after making his NBA debut, Kuminga was back in blue and gold at Chase Center on Wednesday, only he suited up for the G League Santa Cruz Warriors. With 16 points, Kuminga helped Santa Cruz to a 110-88 exhibition win over the G League Ignite, the Walnut Creek-based club designed to develop young talent before the NBA draft. The two Bay Area developmental league teams hosted a closed-door exhibition at Chase Center before the NBA’s Warriors faced off against the Charlotte Hornets. Golden State coach Steve Kerr was able to observe his young lottery picks in starring roles for a half, before he had to go prepare for that night’s game. “I was really pleased that both guys got minutes and got reps,” Kerr said. “Such a big part of their development is just reps and getting to play.” Kuminga, an inaugural member of the Ignite last season, successfully used the new format as...
    Getty Draymond Green reacts to a play in a game against the Dallas Mavericks. Golden State Warriors rookie Moses Moody will get to take the floor with two of the NBA’s greatest scorers in Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, but it was another Warriors veteran that seemed to catch his attention. The team’s No. 14 overall pick opened up this week about the chance to play alongside Draymond Green and learn from the wisdom of the 10-year veteran. Moody is expected to step into a significant role in his first year with the Warriors in a season that comes with some high expectations, and so far the 19-year-old’s play has impressed his veteran teammates, Green included. The latest Warriors news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Warriors newsletter here! Join Heavy on Warriors! Moody Looks Forward to Playing Alongside ‘Old Head’Appearing on 95.7 The Game’s “Morning Roast” this week, Moody said he can’t wait to hit the floor with his new teammates and believes he has a lot to learn from Green. Moody compared Green...
    Golden State Warriors rookie Jonathan Kuminga would prefer to go yachting with Klay Thompson over spending some time on the links with Steph Curry. He has yet to play a game that counts for the Golden State Warriors, but we have undeniable proof that rookie first-round pick Jonathan Kuminga prefers Klay Thompson over Steph Curry. Okay, not really, but he did say that if he had to choose, Kuminga would prefer to sail the seven seas with Captain Klay than go play 18 with Curry. “Golf ain’t really my thing. Sorry Steph, I’d go with Klay,” said Kuminga on Dubs Talk. “Yeah, I’ve seen the videos. I’d go with Klay for sure.” Of course, there are consequences towards picking a side here. Will Kuminga stay Team Klay or will be scurry over to Team Curry before it is too late?Warriors rookie Jonathan Kuminga wants to sail with Klay ThompsonLook. Everybody with a brain knows that if you have to pick between Boat Dude and Golf Guy, you go with the guy who can take you places. Golf Guy is notorious for...
    The Warriors completed their Summer League schedule with an 84-76 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers Tuesday at Thomas & Mack Center, bringing to an end the first look at the team’s promising rookies. Moses Moody, the 14th pick in last month’s draft, had 14 points, on 6 for 12 shooting, two rebounds and an assist as Golden State wrapped up its Las Vegas slate with a (2-3) record. Jonathan Kuminga, the seventh pick, did not play in the finale with a groin injury. In all, both were among the most productive rookies in Summer League, each averaging more than 16 points and making a positive impact for Golden State when on the court. It’s an assuring sign for a front office that hopes Kuminga and Moody can help the team avoid the lottery for a third straight year. In four Summer League games, Kumina averaged 17.3 points on 37.3% shooting (27.8% from 3-point range), 6.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.8 turnovers. Moody in his four games averaged 16.3 points on 42.9% shooting (37% from 3-point range)...
    Warriors lottery picks Moses Moody and Jonathan Kuminga carried Golden State to a 94-84 victory over Oklahoma City in NBA Summer League play in Las Vegas on Friday night. Moody, who was chosen 14th overall, scored a team-high 22 points on 8-for-14 shooting, including 3-of-3 on 3-pointers. Kuminga, the seventh player selected in the draft, had 18 points and seven rebounds. Kuminga also thrilled the crowd with a pair of highlight reel dunks as the Warriors improved to 2-1. Golden State, which finishes Summer League play Sunday when it faces New Orleans at 6 p.m., also got 14 points and four assists from JaQuori McLaughlin. Rob Edwards had 23 points on four 3-pointers for the Thunder. Theo Maledon had 18 points, six rebounds and five assists.
    Getty NBA commissioner Adam Silver shakes hands with Jonathan Kuminga at the NBA draft. Steph Curry is apparently very happy about his new Golden State Warriors teammate. After weeks of speculation that the Warriors would flip one or both of their lottery picks to land an immediate impact player, the team ultimately decided to keep both picks, grabbing Jonathan Kuminga at No. 7 and Moses Moody at No. 14. The decision to hold onto the picks generated some controversy, but both have shined in Summer League and the top pick now has Curry’s stamp of approval. The latest Warriors news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Warriors newsletter here! Join Heavy on Warriors! Curry Shares Thoughts on KumingaCurry got the chance to see his new teammates in person, joining teammate Draymond Green and general manager Bob Myers on Wednesday to watch the team’s game in the Las Vegas Summer League. As Myers shared, Curry was impressed with Kuminga’s play. “We were watching him last night with Steph and Draymond,” Myers said Thursday on 95.7 The...
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