A while back, the Golden State Warriors claimed they were “lightyears” ahead with the roster they were constructing. Now, with Moses Moody playing the best basketball of his extremely young career, the vision is becoming more and more clear.
It was easy to criticize a franchise that continued to opt for unproven talent despite an ever-shrinking championship window with three of the greatest players in basketball history all entering the back sections of their primes.
Yet, the Warriors stuck to their guns. They did not trade the No. 2 overall pick in 2020 and held onto BOTH the No.7 and 14 picks in 2021. Three lottery picks in two years for a team already loaded with superstars is… well, unprecedented.
What’s more, landing quality on each pick is even more unprecedented.
James Wiseman’s story is far from finished. The same goes for Jonathan Kuminga, though, his development appears much more promising.
But, then there is Moody, the least exciting of the bunch but perhaps the most polished and conducive to winning in the present. He understands his role and has played the 3-and-D game as a complementary piece for years in high school and college.
Moses Moody is becoming undeniable. Here is how the rookie is forcing the Golden State Warriors to give him more minutes.
Moody recently had a career night in which he shot 6-of-10 from deep for 20 points. He had scored a career-high 11 in the game before.
The energy that Moody is bringing each night is starting to become undeniable. He’s active on the boards, snatching 7 in his aforementioned 20 point performance. And, he plays superb perimeter defense for a rookie.
With the home stretch of the season approaching, Moody will continue fighting for minutes. If he keeps it up, Steve Kerr will have no choice but to implement the young guard into more lineups. Perhaps he will even get a crack at competing in the playoffs if all goes well.