Golden State Warriors: 3 Players who need to fill Draymond’s void

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 25: Jonathan Kuminga #00 and Jordan Poole #3 of the Golden State Warriors celebrates after Kuminga slam dunked and was fouled on the play against the Dallas Mavericks during the second half of an NBA game at Chase Center on January 25, 2022 in San Francisco, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 25: Jonathan Kuminga #00 and Jordan Poole #3 of the Golden State Warriors celebrates after Kuminga slam dunked and was fouled on the play against the Dallas Mavericks during the second half of an NBA game at Chase Center on January 25, 2022 in San Francisco, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) /
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Jonathan Kuminga

This seems as good of a time as any for the rookie, Jonathan Kuminga, to get some burn at the NBA level.

His first season with the Golden State Warriors has been a surprisingly strong one as most of us assumed it would take the teenager a little while to grow accustomed to the pros. Nevertheless, he’s proven to be more developed than previously thought.

In a four-game stretch following Green’s injury, Kuminga posted 17.8 points on 50 percent shooting from the field. He attacked the rim with brute force and showed his power as a perimeter defender.

Since then, Kuminga has slowed a bit. He was pulled from the starting lineup and played an average of roughly 10 minutes in his last three games.

Still, this continues to be the best opportunity for Kuminga to grow.