Fresh off signing a historic contract extension with the Golden State Warriors, superstar Stephen Curry provided his thoughts on his squad’s two selections in the recently completed NBA Draft. While some thought that Curry would be miffed that Golden State used the picks rather than trading them for a veteran player, Curry said otherwise.
“The draft picks — love ’em,” Curry said, according to Marcus Thompson of The Athletic. “There’s a lot of potential in terms of trying to implement them early and continue to develop them.”
The Warriors drafted forward Jonathan Kuminga with the No. 7 pick and guard Moses Moody at No. 14. Each are inexperienced, even for rookies. But they make up for that with length and athleticism. In theory, on a team with Curry, F Draymond Green and G Klay Thompson, these players can carve out a small role to start and grow their games from there.
Curry’s comment alleviates some concern about the Warriors desire to win right away, as Curry, Green and Thompson are all over 30 years of age. Curry says that despite the perception from outside the Warriors franchise, it’s still all about winning in Golden State.
“Yeah, the effort is there. Just being around the conversations that some people are privy to and most people are not — we want to win,” Curry told Thompson. “And if anybody was not with that, then we’ve got issues. And I don’t think I’d have signed up for five years of that. So that’s the vibe.”
The Warriors have done a lot of winning since drafting Curry in 2009, earning three NBA titles since then. That’s why Curry is the first player to earn two NBA contracts worth more than $200 million in his career. His latest deal is worth $215 million over four seasons and makes him a Warrior through the 2025-26 campaign.
By that time, Kuminga and Moody should be well up to speed. That’s the idea, anyway. But with Curry on board with the youth movement, the entire franchise can move forward with confidence once again as it hunts for another NBA championship.
Bonus info: Kuminga and Moody made their professional debut on Wednesday, and each player stood out. Moody was solid, impressive and unassuming in scoring 19 points and grabbing 7 rebounds, while Kuminga tallied a flashy 18 points on 7-for-14 shooting.