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Hot Takes on Warriors' Jonathan Kuminga, Moses Moody vs. Knicks

Adam WellsJuly 9, 2022

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The 2021 Golden State Warriors' first-round draft picks had polar opposite performances during Friday's 101-88 loss to the New York Knicks in Summer League action.

Moses Moody went off with 34 points on 15-of-17 shooting from the free-throw line in 27 minutes. He nearly outscored the other four starters in Golden State's lineup on his own (35 points).

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

Moses Moody going OFF in the first three quarters 👀 <br><br>32 PTS<br>8/11 FG<br>3/5 3PT<br><br>(via <a href="https://twitter.com/NBATV?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@NBATV</a>)<a href="https://t.co/7a6sRM5mLz">pic.twitter.com/7a6sRM5mLz</a>

The 20-year-old would have had a chance to tie or surpass the Summer League record for most points in a game, but he sat out the entire fourth quarter.

StatMuse @statmuse

In case you’re wondering, the most points ever in a Summer League game is 47 by Anthony Morrow.<br><br>Moses Moody has 34 after 3 quarters. <a href="https://t.co/E7N1c3tjDZ">pic.twitter.com/E7N1c3tjDZ</a>

Kurt Helin @basketballtalk

Moses Moody is too good for Summer League.

Anthony Slater @anthonyVslater

Twenty first half summer league points from Moses Moody. Scored in a variety of ways. Mid-range turnaround, rebound putback, slashing layup, spot up 3, power and-1. Seven made free throws.

Another encouraging sign from Moody's performance was his effort on the defensive end.

NBA @NBA

Moses Moody says no at the rim 🚫💪<br><br>Watch live on ESPN 2 <a href="https://t.co/FtlpWjbiZe">pic.twitter.com/FtlpWjbiZe</a>

The Warriors selected Moody with the No. 14 overall pick in last year's draft. He played sparingly during the regular season and was largely limited to mop-up duty in blowouts during the playoffs.

With Gary Payton II, Otto Porter Jr. and Juan Toscano-Anderson departing Golden State in free agency, head coach Steve Kerr will need to replenish his depth next season.

Moody's performance Friday at least suggests he could be ready to take on a more significant role next season.

The same can't be said for Jonathan Kuminga. He finished with four points on 2-of-10 shooting, two rebounds, two steals, three assists and five turnovers in 24 minutes.

Bonta Hill @BontaHill

Kuminga’s handle needs a lot of work.

Roosh @RooshWilliams

Is it me or should Jonathan Kuminga be playing better right now?

sam esfandiari @samesfandiari

Kuminga is just here for Vegas. I get it

Kuminga's first bucket came with 30 seconds remaining in the third quarter. He hit a good-looking turnaround fadeaway jumper early in the fourth.

NBA @NBA

The turn and fade 🔥<br><br>That's tough, Jonathan Kuminga <a href="https://t.co/BhRCRSppqJ">pic.twitter.com/BhRCRSppqJ</a>

Golden State's front office has repeatedly insisted it's not interested in trading away young players. The strategy is sound because Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green are all in the latter stages of their peak.

Kuminga, the No. 7 pick in 2021, has the potential to be a key part of the Warriors' future. At this point, though, there's no indication he's ready for an increased role. He averaged 9.3 points on 51.3 percent shooting and 3.3 rebounds in 70 appearances last season.

At just 19 years old, it's far too early to give up on Kuminga as a prospect. But his second Summer League appearance should be a great opportunity for him to show that he's made strides.

This was Kuminga's first game of the summer schedule. He may have been rusty after an extended layoff. His next chance to showcase his skills will be on Sunday against the San Antonio Spurs.

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