After missing the playoffs for the second year in a row, the Golden State Warriors prove they are once against “light years” ahead of the rest of the NBA by dominating the headlines during the month of August.
Kevin Durant’s intimate feature on his former teammate Draymond Green’s YouTube show “Chips” has NBA pundits in a frenzied relitigation of the Hamptons 5 drama. Stephen Curry gave us a peek into his psyche on Carmelo Anthony’s YouTube show “What’s In Your Glass?”.
On the court the Warriors put up some of the most jaw-dropping highlights in this year’s Las Vegas Summer League exhibitions, giving the world a glimpse of a terrifying future where the Warriors reload with supreme lottery talent. One of those talents is Jonathan Kuminga, the raw prospect who captured Dub Nation’s heart as he rampaged over and through the competition with zest.
The Warriors trading D-Lo for Andrew Wiggins and Jonathan Kuminga is starting to look like highway robbery— The Sports Analyst (@TheNBAAnalyst1) August 14, 2021
What They’re Saying About Kuminga
ESPN Insider Mike Schmitz wrote:
(Kuminga) shot just 42% from 2 and 27.8% from 3 over four games and was still one of the more impressive rookies to take the floor. What Kuminga showed as a downhill driver, shot-creator, occasional shotmaker and versatile defender left more of an impression on me than him needing 18 shots to score 18 points consistently.
While it has always been about consistency and sustainability with Kuminga, he’s looking like a steal for the Golden State Warriors at No. 7.
Eric Mullin had this to say for Yahoo Sports:
The Golden State Warriors’ selection of Kuminga at No. 7 overall seemed more like an asset play than anything else at the time. The Dubs are in win-now mode, and while Kuminga has tremendous potential, he was viewed as a project. Barring a trade for a star, Kuminga appears here to stay. It’s clear he has a lot more development ahead of him, but maybe he can earn a role earlier than expected as a slashing, defensive wing playing off of Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Co.
Connor Letourneau of the SF Chronicle was impressed with Kuminga’s intangibles:
But with a 7-foot wingspan, chiseled frame and huge vertical leap, Kuminga at least appears physically ready for the rigors of the NBA. Kuminga is the same age as most recent high school grads, but he has an X-factor — that unique star quality that’s hard to quantify — that might make him look out of place in the G League. This is encouraging news for a Warriors team that needs to start thinking about who will lead it into the post-Stephen Curry era.
And Monte Poole of NBC Sports gleaned a review from head coach Steve Kerr:
Kuminga has shown versatility so far in his Summer League appearances for the Warriors, and Kerr sees potential for the No. 7 overall pick to play both on the wing and at power forward in the NBA.
“He’s a willing passer, obviously really strong and powerful, I think that’s one of the reasons he’s a great prospect is just the versatility that he will provide at some point, so lot of exciting prospects for him. But again, we’re not going to rush anything, when he’s ready he’ll play and in the meantime, we’ll develop him every single day.”
What are YOU saying about Kuminga?
So are the Warriors the best front office in the league or naw? Are you pumped about Kuminga’s Summer League experience, or are you shaking your fists that the Warriors didn’t send him away on a draft night trade? I think he’s CLEARLY a keeper; his early potential is something like a rugged forward who can switch between harassing wings and protecting the rim on defense, while providing timely physicality on offense.
Will Kuminga crack the Warriors rotation this year?
This poll is closed
For sure, this guy already got enough to make an impact in the big leagues
He may play a little but I wouldn’t expect him to be anywhere near the playoff roster
Stash him in the G League, period!
TRADE HIM PRONTO