Golden State Warriors

Watch: Jonathan Kuminga’s defense leads to high-flying reverse dunk in NBA G-League

The Golden State Warriors have two rookie lottery picks on the roster this season in forward Jonathan Kuminga and guard Moses Moody. But with the club winning often early in the campaign, each player has spent some time with the G-League’s Santa Cruz Warriors so they can get extended playing time.

And thus far, it’s clearly a productive strategy from general manager Bob Myers. Kuminga and Moody both had big games on Wednesday against the Agua Caliente Clippers as Golden State beat the Trail Blazers in San Francisco on the same night.

While each player is improving and has the potential to help the Warriors win for years to come, Kuminga’s athleticism is notably spectacular. Look at this sequence from the 19-year-old that ends in an elite reverse-cradle dunk, courtesy of Warriors Reddit.

My goodness. That’s NBA Dunk Contest-worthy stuff. The 3-pointer off the dribble to start the sequence is a welcome sign, too. So is Kuminga’s defense that led to the throwdown. But that dunk, though. Here’s another clip that shows a different angle and a slow-motion replay.

I’ve loved these two picks from the start, and my affection grows each time I see Kuminga and Moody play. And though they’ve spent time in the G-League as of late, they’ll both be on Golden State’s upcoming road trip, starting Saturday night against the 76ers.

Judging from what we’ve seen lately from this lottery-pick pair, they are ready to play their role and help the big club win. That’s exciting for the Warriors’ present and future. Here are Kuminga’s full highlights from Wednesday night below (and here’s a link to Moody’s highlights as well).

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