During the Warriors’ NBA Summer League game against the Thunder on Friday, the play-by-play broadcaster asked color analyst — and current NBA player — C.J. McCollum a question: what makes Jonathan Kuminga so special?
McCollum gave a stock answer that wasn’t wrong, but I think he missed an opportunity to hone in on the special skills Kuminga, the Warriors’ second-year swingman, possesses. McCollum said it’s Kuminga’s athleticism that makes him different, and he’s not incorrect, as I mentioned.
But it’s Kuminga’s raw power, in addition to his athleticism, that truly makes him special. It’s why I’ve dubbed him, unofficially, “Jon-Anakin” Kuminga, after Star Wars character Darth Vader AKA Anakin Skywalker. Not long after the on-air discussion about Kuminga, he threw down this monster dunk, compelling the color analyst to proclaim the slam “the play of the summer.”
While the play was spectacular, it looked way better live than on replay. That’s because Kuminga’s sudden speed and power make the play special, and that’s best viewed at game speed.
Still, the dunk deserves another angle:
Anyways, what I’m trying to say is that Kuminga has power, speed, and athleticism that’s special enough to compare to one of the greatest athletes in American history, Bo Jackson. I do realize the comparison might be a bit of a stretch, but I also firmly believe that Kuminga possesses that innate combination of attributes that few have.
Later in the broadcast, McCollum said that the only way to guard Kuminga when he drives at the rim is to take a charge or foul him, and that lines up well with what I’m saying here.
With his elite power, speed, athleticism, and skill, Kuminga is the perfect player to pair with Warriors superstars Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, and Klay Thompson, who rely on shooting, finesse, basketball IQ, and floor spacing, in addition to their own brand of athleticism, of course.
I expect Kuminga to wreak havoc in the space that the Warriors’ trio of superstars create. He’ll have an expanded role in the upcoming season, and I can’t wait to see how powerful he can become when he finally learns to harness and unleash his power on a nightly basis in the NBA. Golden State won it all in 2022 while being called the “less athletic team” than the Celtics. With Kuminga on board, the Warriors may never be called unathletic ever again, as they attempt to win more titles and further add to the dynasty that Steph, Klay, and Draymond started.