The Dubs are coming off an entertaining but doomed effort against the Orlando Magic, losing 91-89 in overtime. Golden State’s two 2021 lottery picks Jonathan Kuminga and Moses Moody showed flashes of brilliance in the defeat, scoring 16 points and 15 points respectively.
Moody ➡️ Kuminga for the transition dunk pic.twitter.com/iczulX342C— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) August 10, 2021
And there were some other bright spots as well for the Warriors:
- Gary Payton II, son of the Oakland legend, showed off his explosive athleticism with 11 points and 8 rebounds. He also had 5 turnovers, something I’m sure he’ll want to clean up this evening.
- Jaquori McLaughlin turned some heads with his 3-of-4 shooting from beyond the arc along with 4 assists in 21 minutes. He’s a guy Warriors fans should keep an eye on.
- Kyle Guy tallied 15 points and 3 assists in 17 minutes and has our very own Brady Klopfer wondering if there’s a way he could scrap his way into a contract with the Warriors this season.
Kyle Guy and a Warriors two-way contract feels like a match made in heaven. Dubs love their two-way players to be dudes who can step in and contribute if needed, but also have some untapped potential. https://t.co/15gS7TVMCn— Brady Klopfer (@BradyKlopferNBA) August 10, 2021
The Raptors are coming off an 89-79 victory over the New York Knicks summer squad. Their roster features fascinating prospects like the 2021 #4 pick Scottie Barnes and the 2020 #29 pick Malachi Flynn. Barnes had a double-double against the Knicks while Flynn led Toronto in scoring with 23 points (with 4-of-5 shooting from deep).
Here’s our blog buddy Raptors HQ on Barnes’ first game with the team:
The rookie definitely showed flashes of why the Raptors chose him with the fourth overall pick. Scottie Barnes was jumping for offensive rebounds, disrupting passing lanes and finding teammates — all the things we were told he could do.
The shooting, as expected, is a work in progress, but the confidence Barnes showed in getting up 18 shots is a positive too. He finished with 18 points, 10 boards and five assists.
This should be a fun clash between two squads with budding NBA prospects and a lotta pride. Toronto has a strong reputation for developing prospects; thankfully the Dubs lured away a major component of their development prowess by acquiring former Raptors assistant Jama Mahlalela.
I’m especially looking forward to the two highly touted prospects Kuminga and Barnes crossing paths; it’s going to be like the summer league version of Kong vs Godzilla.