2. Moses Moody’s potential
The Warriors’ 14th pick in the 2021 Draft Moses Moody has been lighting it up in the G-League.
While fellow rookie and seventh overall pick in the 2021 Draft Kuminga has been glowing in the spotlight, turning out electric performances over the past five games including his first career double-double against the Detroit Pistons and a 25-point effort against the Chicago Bulls this past month, Moody’s successes have been flying under the radar.
Over his past three games with the Santa Cruz Warriors, Moody is averaging 33.3 points and 5 rebounds, cashing in on 51.3% of his field-goal attempts and shooting threes at a 41.7% clip. His defensive play is also something special, as he’s been averaging 1.3 steals and even 0.7 blocks per game over that span.
Looking at his advanced stats, it becomes clear that Moody is far outplaying his G-League competition: he owns a 69.3% true shooting percentage and 62.9% effective field goal percentage.
With Coach Steve Kerr testing out different rotations over the past month, trying to figure out how to inject some energy into what have often been lethargic team performances, Moody might be just what the doctor ordered.
In the recent game against the Indiana Pacers, players not named Stephen Curry shot 11.5% – 3 for 26 – on threes. Originally drafted for his three-point skills and defensive prowess as a three-and-D wing, Moody has the potential to help the Warriors overcome their recent struggles.
As the season progresses, watch out for Moody to earn more minutes with the Warriors off the bench and demonstrate the talents that made him a lottery pick.