The Golden State Warriors pulled off their most improbable win of the year on Tuesday night, beating the San Antonio Spurs 124-120, with only nine players.
One of those nine players was rookie shooting guard, Moses Moody. The 19-year-old was the 14th pick by the Warriors in this past draft. After spending most of the year playing in the G-league, he is starting to pay dividends in the NBA.
The Golden State Warriors have increased rookie Moses Moody’s chances in the past few games, and it’s been impactful in a few key victories for the Dubs.
Moody went crazy on Tuesday night reaching a career-high in points (20) and three-pointers made with (six). Those six threes were the second-highest for a Warriors rookie behind, you guessed it, Stephen Curry who hit seven in a game his rookie year.
Over the last two games, in which Moody has started both, he is averaging 15.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, and shooting 60% from three (9-15). Also, Moody keeps going back and forth between the G-league and NBA which must be difficult for him to gain a rhythm.
In games in which Moody has played at least 20 minutes (five games), he is averaging 11.6 points, 5 rebounds, shooting 38% from three. He is finally starting to show off the shooting ability that made him a lottery pick.
Moody should continue to get minutes with the Warriors especially in games Klay Thompson does not play. Andre Iguodala‘s recent absence has helped Moses get more minutes as well. Moody will continue to get some run for the Santa Cruz Warriors of the G-league, which is not a bad thing.
Moody has been dominant in the G-league this year.
In four games, he is averaging 31.8 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.8 steals while shooting 41.3% from three. Those are MVP caliber numbers in the G-league. Moody’s talent is unquestioned and he just needs to continue to develop.
Just being around Curry and Klay Thompson should provide Moody will a great learning experience. I mean these are two of the greatest shooters of all time, so Moody should be able to pick up tendencies and further develop his shooting ability.
The future of the Warriors looks bright with Moody and the emergence of Jonathan Kuminga. If James Wiseman can take the floor at some point this year that will give the Dubs three lottery picks all with a chance to make an impact in the playoffs.