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Kuminga's Summer League dunk impressed Klay, brought energy

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Kuminga dunking

Warriors rookie Jonathan Kuminga nearly brought the house down during a Summer League game on Friday night at Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas.

Just before halftime, the No. 7 overall draft pick threw down a nasty dunk after putting the moves on Oklahoma City Thunder forward Jaylen Hoard.

As NBC Sports Bay Area's Monte Poole wrote, Kuminga's decisiveness with the ball Friday night was a sign of progress after some careless moments in previous Summer League games.

Kuminga's dunk was so impressive that Warriors star Klay Thompson called attention to it with an Instagram Story post.

After the Warriors beat the Thunder 94-84, Kuminga was asked about the dunk that had everyone buzzing.

"I just wanted to have a little show out there," Kuminga told reporters. "I feel like me dunking the ball and just making them, like, it was going to bring more energy for everybody, especially on defense, because if I make my dunks -- I didn't make them last time, but I made them today, I feel like people had a lot more energy, we all play together and really communicate on defense."

The Warriors knew they were getting a talented player when Kuminga fell to them in the 2021 NBA Draft, but they also knew he was very raw and might take time to develop.

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After seeing Kuminga play in the California Classic in Sacramento earlier in the month, and now in Las Vegas, the Warriors likely realize they will have a dangerous weapon at their disposal during the 2021-22 NBA season.

 

If Kuminga is throwing down poster dunks and playing lockdown defense as a rookie, the Warriors will be very, very happy with the 18-year-old.

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