Kuminga shows off strength in Warriors' SL loss vs. Magic

Jonathan Kuminga

LAS VEGAS -- In their first game of the Las Vegas Summer League, the Warriors proved that with a little time, work and effort, their future could be in good hands. 

Golden State's two lottery picks, Jonathan Kuminga and Moses Moody, continued their strong showing from the California Classic in a 91-89 overtime loss to the Orlando Magic at the Thomas and Mack Center. 

Here are three observations from the Warriors' first game in Vegas:

The Kuminga File

The good: The No. 7 overall pick has the strength to finish around the rim that you don't find in many rookies. Against the Magic, not only showed off his elite athleticism, but also that he understands how to use his body to finish at the iron in a number of different ways. Sure, he's still raw and needs development in some places, but in terms of understanding how to be successful, he's right on point.

The bad: While Kuminga can score in the paint, his ability to score from anywhere else on the floor remains an issue. His shot mechanics are funky, going 0-of-4 from three, and while he went 4-of-7 from the free-throw line, it's clear that his shot isn't falling because the form isn't there yet, not because of anything opponents are doing to him.

The stats: team-high 16 points, 6-of-16 shooting, 0-4 from deep, six rebounds, three steals. He was plus-15 over a team-high 29 minutes.

The Moody File

The good: Moody's ability to knock down catch-and-shoot threes and shoot corner threes gives him an immediate path to playing time. Sure, there is work to be done on his game, but the Warriors should be feeling good about his shooting form and talent.


The bad: Moody has yet to put together a consistent game in Summer League. In his first game in the California Classic, he struggled in the second half after a strong first half. On Monday, he was cold in the first half before getting going in the second. Finding consistency will be the next step for Moody during Summer League and will be crucial for him in order to have a bigger role come the regular season. 

The stats: 15 points, 6-of-13 shooting, 2-5 from deep, four rebounds, one steal. He was plus-19 over 25 minutes.

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The Jessup File

The good: Jessup's confidence doesn't seem to waver, even if he isn't hitting shots. He doesn't let it affect the other parts of his game and get too much in his head to the point where he stops shooting.

The bad: Through three Summer League games -- two in the California Classic and one in Las Vegas -- Jessup has struggled to shoot the ball. What makes his cold shooting an even bigger problem is that if he were to land on the Warriors' 15-man roster, his role would be as a pure shooter. In his first game, he was trying to shake the jitters out. In his second, there wasn't a lot of ball movement to get him opportunities. Against Orlando, he was cold. What will it take to get him going?

The stats: seven points, 3-of-10 shooting, 1-5 from deep, five rebounds. He was minus-10 over 26 minutes.

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