When discussing the Warriors’ young prospects this season, rookie guard Moses Moody has often been lost in the shuffle.
Well, we can kiss those days goodbye. Moody had a breakout game of epic proportions in the Warriors’ loss to the Nuggets on Thursday and shot past fellow rookie Jonathan Kuminga in making some franchise history.
Moody notched 30 points in the defeat, which is the most points scored by a teenager in a Warriors uniform. He kept Golden State afloat for much of the game, especially in the first half, and finished with five made 3-pointers on 12 attempts. Overall, Moody shot 10-for-23 from the field and added three rebounds, an assist, and a steal.
Also, in an added bonus for Golden State, the top three scoing nights from Warriors teenagers came from three players currently on the roster, with second-year center James Wiseman No. 3 on the list.
But back to Moody. He’s looked fantastic lately, in the lead-up to this game included, when he didn’t miss a shot over multiple games. Plus, he’s got a great temperament and it goes without saying, he’s been patient. Take a listen to some of his postgame comments and have a look at some of his highlights from the Nuggets game, courtesy of Jason Dumas of KRON4 news.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr has already said that Moody has earned some playoff minutes because he’s the ideal player for the postseason, and Moody apparently took those words to heart. He has height, length, toughness, court awareness, and he can really shoot from 3.
In fact, he reminds me a lot of Warriors superstar guard Klay Thompson. If Thompson continues to struggle (relatively speaking) into the postseason could Moody take some of his minutes?
It’s possible, but in reality, let’s just take this for what it is. The future is bright in Golden State, and it’s not just Kuminga, G Jordan Poole, and Wiseman. Add Moody to the list if you haven’t already because he looks like a potential superstar himself. At the very least, he’s really, really good at a very, very young age.