Jonathan Kuminga and Moses Moody dressed up in blue and gold for the third time on Wednesday night. The Warriors rookies combined for 32 points in the Warriors 84-90 win over the Raptors.
Here are a couple of takeaways from the contest.
Kuminga’s Hot Start
Kuminga led the charge with 18 points, four rebounds, two steals, and a block in 28 minutes of action. His size and athleticism were felt early, scoring 9 of his 18 points in the first quarter and drilling 2 of 3 from beyond the arc.
The 7th overall pick was aggressive from the jump. Kuminga used a variety of euro steps, spin moves, and hop steps to create driving lanes for himself. The flow to his game felt natural, and the rookie had complete control over the game’s tempo. Kuminga’s playstyle resembled Giannis Antetokounpo in a lot of ways. The way he attacks the teeth of the defense, his body control, strong scoring mentality, and high motor on both ends of the floor were relatable. Although Kuminga isn’t on the same talent level as the 2021 finals MVP, he has all of the tools to get there in a hurry.
Moses Moody had a quiet first half, but he ramped it up in the second half. He ended the game with 14 points, two rebounds, one steal, and a block in 23 minutes of summer league action. Moody struggled inside the paint (1-of-8), but Moody did inflict damage from beyond the arc (3-of-7) and at the charity stripe (3-of-4). Despite offensive struggles early, Moody found ways to impact the game. He never projected a sense of discouragement; he just kept shooting with confidence. I was impressed with his composure throughout the game. He stayed aggressive throughout the second half and made game-changing plays down the stretch.
Neither rookie had a perfect outing, but both showcased the abilities that enticed the Warriors to draft them in the lottery.