The Golden State Warriors drafted a raw talent at No. 7 overall in the NBA Draft in forward Jonathan Kuminga, though in the lead up to the decision day, the Warriors made it clear they’d like to acquire polished prospects who can help win right away.
Well, not to worry, Warriors fans. Kuminga, the athletic, 6-foot-8, 220 pound wing that last played for the G-League Ignite, told reporters that with the help of Golden State’s superstar trio of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, he can get up so speed in a matter of months.
Now that’s confidence. Kuminga also said he wants to win NBA championships and go to the Hall of Fame.
But while it’s hard to put an exact timetable on this, I essentially agree with Kuminga. With all the talk of the need for veterans on the Warriors, don’t Curry, Thompson and Green count as seasoned vets? I’d say yes, clearly.
That trio, along with forward Andrew Wiggins, should be all or most of the veteran leadership the Warriors require. They can carry the load, and Kuminga — along with fellow rookie, guard Moses Moodey, and second year center James Wiseman — can fill in the blanks as super-athletic role players.
Coach Steve Kerr should start small with Kuminga, however, despite his youthful confidence. If Kerr gives him a bit role to start, I see Kuminga’s game growing exponentially in Year 1, perhaps even in just a couple of months.
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