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Schmitz identifies player Warriors should have Kuminga study

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Who should the Warriors have Jonathan Kuminga -- the No. 7 overall pick in Thursday night's NBA draft -- study in the coming weeks and months to prepare himself for his rookie season in the NBA?

ESPN's Mike Schmitz believes the answer is Boston Celtics wing Jaylen Brown.

Kuminga is considered by many to be more of a project. The same thing was said about Brown when the Celtics selected him No. 3 overall in 2016.

Brown averaged 6.6 points, 2.8 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 0.4 steals and 0.2 blocks over 17.2 minutes per game as a rookie. For Kuminga, it's very possible he doesn't get that much playing time next season.

But the Warriors would love for him to follow the trajectory of Brown -- who earned his first All-Star nod last season after averaging 24.7 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 1.2 steals and 0.6 blocks, while shooting 48.4 percent overall and 39.7 percent from 3-point territory.

"I think Golden State is a perfect spot for [Kuminga]," Schmitz says in the video above. "He can lock in on defending and making the simple play.

"He can really hang his hat at the next level [by being] a versatile defender, be a guy who can switch every ball screen, defend one through four because he really has those tools.

"Kuminga is a big-time talent. He needs to improve as a perimeter shooter. But I think he's in a perfect position to maximize his potential and improve."

 

Kuminga got off to a great start in the G League bubble, averaging 22.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists over his first three games on 45.6 percent shooting overall (and 4-for-14 on 3s).

The 18-year-old registered 14.0 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.7 assists over his final 10 appearances (he missed the Ignite's final three games), while shooting 36.4 percent from the field and 23.5 percent (12-for-51) from deep.

Kuminga is 6-foot-8 with a 6-foot-11 wingspan and a 38-inch vertical leap.

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Does he need to improve in several areas? Of course.

But the Congo native has the ability to be a star in the NBA.

Just like Jaylen Brown.

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