Jonathan Kuminga and Moses Moody dressed up in blue and gold for the third time on Wednesday night. The Warriors rookies combined for 32 points in the Warriors 84-90 win over the Raptors.
Here are a couple of takeaways from the contest.
Kuminga’s Hot Start
Kuminga led the charge with 18 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals, and a block in 28 minutes of action. His impact was felt early, scoring 9 of his 18 points in the first quarter, and drilling 2 of 3 from behind the arc.
The 7th overall pick was aggressive from the jump. Utilizing his strength and athleticism to his advantage. Kuminga’s quick first step made life difficult for opposing defenders. His ability to drive with his left hand and spin across the lane to his right created enough separation to get good looks at the rim. Kuminga’s playstyle resembles Giannis Antetokounpo in a lot of ways. The way he attacks the paint, the strength he utilizes to get to his spots on the floor and his relentless energy on both sides of the ball. His development will be fun to watch moving forward.
Moses Moody had a quiet first half, but he ramped it up in the second half. He ended the game with 14 points, 2 rebounds, 1 steal, and a block in 23 minutes of summer league action. He struggled to convert inside of the arc (1-of-8). Although Moody struggled from close range, he was able to inflict damage from beyond the arc (3-of-7) and at the charity stripe (3-of-4).
What impressed me the most was his composure throughout the game. He never appeared discouraged or frustrated. He stayed aggressive throughout the second half and made some huge plays down the stretch that helped the Dubs seal the victory. As they say, shooters shoot.
Neither rookie had a perfect outing, but both showcased the abilities that enticed the Warriors to draft them in the lottery.