Warriors rookie Jonathan Kuminga makes bold claim on playing with Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson
For the second straight season, the Golden State Warriors earned quality young talent from the NBA Draft. Last year, it was James Wiseman. Now, it’s Jonathan Kuminga.
Taken as the 7th overall pick by the Warriors, Kuminga will add more depth to the roster with his versatility, athleticism, and toughness. At only 18 years old, he’s already being projected by some as the guy with the highest upside among the lottery picks. He’ll also have a slew of mentors in Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green.
The prospect straight out of high school isn’t low on self-confidence as well. After getting picked by the Warriors, Kuminga said he doesn’t see any problems adjusting to the NBA style of play right off the bat (via The Athletic’s Anthony Slater).
“As long I grow around Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, I feel like my game can go from the bottom to the top in a couple months.”
The only question now is: How will Green “welcome” Kuminga in practice?
Jonathan Kuminga on his fit with on the Warriors: “As long I grow around Steph Curry, Klay, Draymond Green, I feel like my game can go from the bottom to the top in a couple months.”
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— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) July 30, 2021
With the Warriors eager to return to the NBA Playoffs, Kuminga’s addition, as well as no. 14 selection Moses Moody, will only shore up the team’s firepower. The youth movement is very much on in The Bay. Wiseman hasn’t even reached his potential after being derailed by injuries.
Jonathan Kuminga may still be a project at best, but being drafted by the Warriors could be the ideal situation for him. He doesn’t need to carry the team right away and he can just sit back and learn from his All-Star teammates.