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Moody's Warriors SL debut highlights NBA-ready skill

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There's no sense in reading too much into a single Summer League game, but Moses Moody did demonstrate a skill that might garner him additional minutes in the Warriors' rotation next season.

In a shade over 24 minutes, Moody pulled down seven rebounds to along with a team-high 19 points and two assists. Those seven rebounds were second among all Warriors players in the loss to the Miami Heat, with Moody only finishing behind Gary Payton II, the most experienced player in Wednesday's game.

"It's a separator like you said, a lot of wings don't do it, so I feel like that's a way for me to get an edge, a way for me to help my team, it's just one of the nuances that doesn't get a lot of attention. Just finding my little niche and that's one of my things," Moody told reporters after Wednesday's game.

Moody added that he has always been a taller guard and been able to gather rebounds, but that his college coach, former Warriors head coach Eric Musselman, emphasized for him to focus on that as he transitioned to the next level.

Going back to his one season at Arkansas, Moody averaged 5.8 rebounds per game, second only to 6-foot-7 teammate Justin Smith.

Rebounding on the wing is something the Warriors could use going into 2021-22. The team's leading rebounder last season was Draymond Green, who pulled down 7.1 per game. The next-closest Warrior was Kelly Oubre, who grabbed just six per game. Oubre currently is an unrestricted free agent and is unlikely to return to the Warriors.

 
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Hopefully, James Wiseman's development into Year 2 includes more of an emphasis on rebounding. Regardless, the Warriors will need more success on the boards in order to be a true championship contender.

Over 2014-15 through the 2018-19 season, the Warriors never were worse than 22nd in rebounding rate among NBA teams. 

But over the last two seasons, the Warriors have been in the bottom five of NBA teams in total rebound rate. 

Again, it's just one Summer League game. But if Moody can consistently rebound the way he did Wednesday night, he'll find himself a popular guy among the Warriors' coaching staff once next season rolls around.

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