The Golden State Warriors have brought rookie Jonathan Kuminga back to the active roster after they assigned him to their G-League affiliate (Santa Cruz Warriors) for a game on Saturday. Kuminga played 35 minutes in Santa Cruz’s 104-92 loss to the Stockton Kings, scoring 15 points on 4-for-13 shooting from the field while recording six rebounds, four assists, one steal, one block, five turnovers, and five fouls.
Kuminga was the seventh overall pick in this year’s draft but is expected to take a significant amount of time developing his game. Despite his inefficient offensive production and struggles limiting fouls and turnovers, Kuminga still gives Dubs Nation reason to believe he can become an impactful NBA player.
Jonathan Kuminga is having some early struggles for the Santa Cruz Warriors tonight (already has 2 turnovers in 13 minutes) but he also has five rebounds and finished a nice drive here: pic.twitter.com/9eCRd1Ou5r— Marc Delucchi (@maddelucchi) November 7, 2021
Still just 19, the Warriors are trying to give Kuminga as much playing time as possible between the NBA and G-League. However, the franchise’s championship aspirations are leaving few opportunities for Kuminga to take the floor outside of garbage time. Through the first eight games of the season, Kuminga has appeared in just three games, recording five points, three rebounds, one assist, and three turnovers in 15 minutes.
There may be an opportunity for Kuminga to see a bit more playing time over the next two days, though, with the Warriors playing their first back-to-back of the season. Tonight, hosting the 1-8 Houston Rockets, Golden State is resting Andre Iguodala and hopes to save their best players as much as possible for Monday’s matchup against the Atlanta Hawks. Assuming the Warriors can dominate the Rockets early, Kuminga could see the most playing time of his NBA career.