Steve Kerr explains how Kuminga and Moody are progressing


Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said Thursday rookies Jonathan Kuminga and Moses Moody are on track with their development this season.

The two saw sporadic playing time with several veteran players ahead of them on the depth board. They’ve been called into action for one-off minutes on numerous occasions, including Thursday night against the New Orleans Pelicans.

The Warriors were without Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Juan Toscano-Anderson, and Kerr opted to look to his two rookies. Kuminga finished with 13 points and six rebounds while Moody had 10 points and five rebounds in the 101-96 loss.

Afterwards, Kerr commented on their progress this season.

I think they are on schedule. I think they both work really hard every day, working and learning what it’s like to be an NBA player. It means getting into the training room, entering the weight room, getting on the floor, watching a movie, watching a movie about your opponent and doing it day in and day out, and bringing in the energy to do it. It’s not easy, especially for a 19 year old kid, so they are learning and doing a great job.

Kuminga, in 28 games, is averaging 4.9 points and 1.7 rebounds this season with the Warriors. He produced a career-high 26 points on Dec. 18 in a loss to the Toronto Raptors, while his 13 points on Thursday were his second-most of the season.

Moody’s has 2.1 points and a rebound this season in 24 games, including one start. His best game of the season also came on Dec. 18 against the Raptors after scoring a career-high 13 points, eight rebounds and three assists.

Both players also spent time in the NBA G League with the Santa Cruz Warriors. The organization sees Santa Cruz as a great way to continue to have playing representatives when playing time is limited with Golden State. The team even assigned Moody to Santa Cruz on Friday.

Kuminga and Moody are a big part of the Bay’s future, but the team also believe they can contribute at various times now. Based on Kerr’s latest comments, they’ve impressed at this point in the season.

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