Jonathan Kuminga of G League Ignite during a G League game against the Westchester Knicks in February.
The Golden State Warriors started the NBA Summer League with a few lottery tips on the floor. They’ll finish the game on Tuesday in Las Vegas with one of those prospects on the bench.
The Dubs announced the line-up for the team’s final summer league game on August 17th via their official Twitter account. One noticeable absence from the starting group was Jonathan Kuminga, who was last month’s 7th best overall pick in the NBA draft by the Warriors Problem with his groin, and also claimed that Ryan Taylor would not play because of an ankle problem.
While the team failed to specify Kuminga’s health concerns or lack thereof, NBC Sports’ Monte Pool confirmed the striker’s absence from the grid for the Dubs’ final game in the Summer League against the Los Angeles Lakers.
« Next time you see Jonathan Kuminga on the pitch: October, » Poole tweeted Tuesday afternoon, referring to the start of the regular season on October 19th, when the Warriors face the Lakers again. « Hey, it’s been less than 2 months. »
GettyJonathan Kuminga of the Golden State Warriors dives against the Orlando Magic during the 2021 NBA Summer League at the Thomas & Mack Center on August 9, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada . (Photo by Ethan Miller / Getty Images)
Kuminga, who played his last basketball in the G-League Ignite, has so far shown that he is worth the Warriors’ top draft picks, over 11.2 Million US dollars guaranteed over the first two years of a four-year contract. The second two years, valued at more than $ 13.6 million, are team options for the Warriors, according to Basketball Reference.
The 18-year-old from the Democratic Republic of the Congo has an average of 25.1 minutes per game in the Summer League completed. In these minutes he averaged 18.1 points per game with 50% shot from the field. He’s also averaged 4 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game, according to NBA.com.
Kuminga received widespread attention and reaction after a devastating slam dunk against the Oklahoma City Thunder during a summer session on Friday, August 13th.
The video of the dun was on social media almost immediately after its appearance and can be viewed on Twitter on the ClutchPoints account.
Kuminga’s total points per game ranked on Tuesday, August 17th fourth place among all players in the Summer League. One place ahead of him, in third place on this list, is his teammate and first-round draft pick, Moses Moody , 1 minute before the start of the last summer game on Tuesday 19 points per game. Moody also calculates an average of 7 rebounds and 2 assists per night.
The 19-year-old scores with a significantly less efficient clip than his rookie counterpart Kuminga and only shoots 38.9% out of the field. Moody was effective from the bottom, however, shooting 50% behind the 3-point line on 4 attempts a night.
Kuminga and Moody, along with the great man James Wiseman, make up No. 2 overall selection of the NBA draft 2020, an impressive contingent of young talent in the Golden State.
In the weeks leading up to Draft Night, questions raised whether the Warriors would try to move their fortunes for a fourth superstar, as did Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green told management they wanted to.
It is still possible for Golden State to make a move for a player like Bradley Beal of the Washington Wizards or Ben Simmons of the Philadelphia 76ers. The quality play of the Dubs’ two newest rookies will only help sweeten the potential return for teams looking to move All-Star talent during the remainder of this off-season or sometime before next season’s close of trading.
Otherwise The future is full of potential for a Warriors team that, with the steps it has taken in the free agency, still seems talented and deep enough to threaten a return to the NBA finals in an absolutely stacked Western Conference.
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