There was no lottery-pick showdown in the Warriors' Summer League game Friday. With Oklahoma City Thunder lottery pick Josh Giddey out nursing a tender ankle, Golden State rookies Jonathan Kuminga and Moses Moody had the marquee to themselves.
Or so it seemed before Gary Payton II added his name.
The trio led the way as the Warriors closed with a 13-0 run to come from behind for a 94-84 Summer League win over the Thunder at Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas.
Here are three observations from Golden State’s fifth Summer League game, its third in Vegas:
The Kuminga File
The Good: In a sign of progress, he was careful and decisive with the ball. He also is making a habit of delivering at least one highlight per game, this one being an isolation drive, crossover dribble to lose defender Jaylen Hoard and hammer dunk to close the first half that brought the crowd to its feet.
The Bad: Not much to dislike, though the Warriors probably want to see a few more blocks from someone with such tremendous athleticism. He had two in the first two games in Vegas and none in this one.
The Stats: 18 points, on 6-of-14 shooting, including 1-of-5 from deep, seven rebounds and two assists – and zero turnovers. He finished plus-nine over 26 minutes.
The Moody File
The Good: General offensive efficiency. He made a floater, made a hook shot and his jumpers continue to fall – his handle continues to show more dimension, as he exhibited a nice crossover move. He didn’t get the bucket, but any teenage wing with a nice 3-ball and those moves will find points.
The Bad: Defense comes and goes. Though he flashes the ability to do both, he shows better as a team defender than the on the ball.
The Stats: Game-high 22 points, 8-of-14 shooting, 3-of-6 from deep and 3-of-3 from the line, three rebounds and two steals. He was plus-six over 23 minutes.
The Payton File
The Good: The 28-year-old point guard continues his strong bid for a backup role. His totals for the last two games: 23 points, 9-of-10 shooting, 5-of-5 from distance, with 14 rebounds, 11 assists and five steals.
The Bad: Maybe next game.
The Stats: 10 points, on 4-of-4 shooting, including 2-of-2 from deep, team-high eight rebounds, game-high six assists and three steals. He was plus-8 over 26 minutes.