Golden State Warriors They are in a very important position right now.
With four of the last eight NBA championships in his column, he not only has one of the game’s all-time greats Stephen CurryBut they also have a collection of young complementary players who can keep their championship window open for many more years.
one of those young players Jonathan KumingaWhich was the seventh overall pick in last year’s NBA Draft.
He emerged as a legitimate prospect this past season, averaging 9.3 points in 16.9 minutes per game while shooting 51.3 percent from the field.
He barely played during Golden State’s NBA Finals victory over the Boston Celtics, but the team has set high hopes for him.
However, ESPN personality Stephen A. Smith said in Tuesday’s edition of “First Take” that Cuminga may not have the right work ethic or attitude to be the best version of himself.
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“I’m worried about Cuminga,” Smith said. “I’ve been hearing a lot of talk about him outside the court in terms of his head. The level of discipline he lacks. Some stupidity.
“I’m talking attitude, I’m not talking action… level of focus, commitment, determination, just keeping your head down, getting things done.”
If what Smith said is true, it may take some of the shine out of the Warriors’ bright future.
Cuminga Has the Potential to Be the Difference-Maker
Kuminga stands at 6-foot-8 and 210 pounds, and he has a 6-foot-11 wingspan to go with the tremendous athleticism and speed.
He can jump out of the gym, making him a player who can benefit from the defensive attention given to Stephen Curry by opponents and Clay Thompson,
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Despite his limited playing time, Kuminga threw 74 dunks last season, and he shot an impressive 77.1 percent from within three feet of the basket.
He has also shown glimpses of defensive excellence, and if he works on that aspect of his game, he can become a very troublesome defender for opposing players who can effectively defend multiple positions.
He needs a lot of work to reach his potential
One major downside to the Kuminga is their 3-point shooting, or more accurately, their lack of stamina.
He made only 33.6 percent of his attempts beyond the arc last season, and in the playoffs, that figure dropped to 23.1 percent.
His free throw shooting also needs a lot of improvement, as he took only 68.4 percent of his shots from the foul line in the regular season.
But there may be a glimmer of hope in that department, as he has improved to 76.9 percent in the playoffs.
Those associated with the Warriors, as well as his fans, want to see more consistency from Kuminga in every aspect of his game.
It’s easy to play hard and extra chutzpah when things are going well offensively and you’re getting a lot of balls, but the one thing that separates good players from mediocre players is is a constant effort to do things one way or another.
Good players will find ways to score even when things are not going smoothly for them aggressively, while also putting effort into other aspects of the game.
If Kuoming continues to do such things, the lineage of the Warriors could deepen in this decade.