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Moody shares which Warrior he has learned from most so far

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Moses Moody

The Warriors have a full slate of All-Star talent for young players to learn from. They have a two-time NBA MVP in Steph Curry, a Finals MVP in Andre Iguodala, a Defensive Player of the Year in Draymond Green, and Klay Thompson, who has one of the purest and prettiest shooting forms the game has ever seen.

But when it comes to who No. 14 overall draft pick Moses Moody says he has learned the most from so far, it's none of them. 

"Right now, it's really been [Damion] Lee," Moody told NBC Sports Bay Area's Kendra Andrews and Grant Liffmann on the Dubs Talk podcast. "He's been a guy I've been talking to a lot. He's been telling me a lot of game, behind-the-scenes type stuff, and really how to approach the league coming in as a young guy."

On paper, Lee might not be the most obvious person for a rookie to say is his biggest mentor so far, especially when he's among several future Hall of Fame players. However, Lee's journey in the league lends a special perspective. He not only has had to fight through injury, but he came up through the G League after going undrafted and had to fight his way into the rotation. 

Moody's path is quite different than that, but one similarity the two share is that Moody will have to fight for minutes his rookie year. Lee's tutelage not only lends insight on how to succeed in the league, but how to be competitive on your way there.

 

Of course, Lee is not the only player Moody is going to learn from. And one particular person he's looking forward to working with is Thompson. 

"That's a guy I've watched over the years," Moody said. "You can even see some similarities in our game. But that's someone I watched and looked up to all the way up to this point."

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The biggest similarity between Moody and Thompson is their desire to, and affinity for, shooting the ball. Heading into his rookie season, Moody's shooting is his highest touted attribute and is the skill set that suggests he could have an impact right away. 

That being said, this is where he channels the patient mindset he learned from Lee.

"I do like shooting the ball, but going into this situation, this environment, I'm going to play with those guys and see what is the best way to get on the floor and stay there," Moody said.

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