There hasn’t been much to be happy about for Golden State Warriors‘ fans since Klay Thompson’s somewhat climactic return in January. But, if there is one reason to keep your head high through this recent adversity — it’s the young core.
It remains a bold move from the front office to hold onto so many trade chips over the last two years in favor of trying to blend youthful talent with preexisting superstars. It’s still too early to say if this risky decision is going to pay off but the rookie duo of Moses Moody and Jonathan Kuminga are making us proud.
At this point in the season, most rookies either hit their stride or hit the infamous rookie wall. For Moody and Kuminga, it hasn’t been the latter.
The Golden State Warriors have enjoyed some breakout performances from their two rookies, Jonathan Kuminga and Moses Moody.
Moody became the first teenager in Warriors’ history to score 30 points in a loss to the Denver Nuggets. The 19-year-old shot 10-of-23 from the field in his career-high night and has been shooting 49.1 percent from the 3-point line since January 25.
Then there is Kuminga, who has been a nightly feature on Sports Center due to his high-flying skills around the rim on both ends of the floor. Kuminga is already shaping up to be a powerful defender with elite on-ball and off-ball capabilities.
On offense, Kuminga is knifing to the basket with a myriad of moves. His two-hand reverse slam against LA was just one of many dazzling attacks he has shown as of late.
Meanwhile, James Wiseman has been cleared to play for the Santa Cruz Warriors. Last year’s No. 2 overall pick has much to prove but can still blossom into an exciting prospect.
The Warriors haven’t put it all together just yet but the recent performances from this young core are something the franchise should be smiling about.