On Monday night, the Warriors played the Oklahoma City Thunder who have a pretty good rookie themselves. Guard Josh Giddey was selected one pick ahead of Kuminga and he too has impressed Warriors coach Steve Kerr.
“I'm a big fan,” Kerr told ClutchPoints. “He's a great passer and has a beautiful feel for the game at that size to have that skill set. Pretty impressive. He can see over the top of the defense all the time, every great cutter. He just has a knack for being in the right place and really had a great rookie season and going to be a hell of a player.”
Giddy is one of the leading candidates to win Rookie of the Year. He's been filling up the stat sheet, averaging 12.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 6.1 assists per night prior to their game against the Warriors. Giddy, Kuminga, and Moody are still teenagers and have a lot of room to grow.
Before their match with the Thunder, Kuminga was putting up 7.0 points on 49.3% shooting in 12.8 minutes per game, while Moody was averaging 3.2 points in 9.2 minutes per outing. Neither has played the minutes Giddy has on a struggling Thunder squad, but when they have played big minutes, the Warriors saw good things from their newcomers.
The Warriors beat the Thunder, 110-98 for their ninth straight victory, good for the longest active streak in the NBA.