Through January, Kuminga’s field goal percentage stood at 47.4% (29th among rookies); in February, this figure has shot up by over 10%. Kuminga’s field goal percentage of 58.8% ranks 8th among first-year players.
Among those who take more than 8 field goal attempts per game, Kuminga ranks first. Upping the stakes, Kuminga’s 58.5% ranks him tenth out of all NBA players with at least 9 field goal attempts.
Of course, part of this is due to Kerr’s cut-heavy system and the ridiculous gravity provided by Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, both of which put the teenager in a position to meaningfully impact the game by converting high-percentage looks (and occasional outrageous dunks) close to the rim.
Ultimately, Kuminga’s February was impressive beyond the number of points he was able to provide. What’s most exciting is how he’s done it: putting in work from the free-throw line, making the right plays in his clearly defined role, and playing to his strengths by cutting and driving to the rim.
The game is clearly starting to slow down for the rookie and his learning curve looks to be among the steepest in his draft class. It will be exciting to watch as he continues to develop throughout the rest of the regular season – then we’ll all be blessed to watch as Kuminga gets his first taste of playoff basketball.