The Warriors’ final three picks have a big opportunity ahead of them, originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
SAN FRANCISCO — After winning their fourth championship in the last eight seasons behind the big three of Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, the Warriors can now focus on the future.
First comes the 2022 NBA draft on Thursday night where the Warriors own the No. 28 pick, the No. 51 pick and the No. 57 pick. The NBA Summer League looks to be even bigger than the Golden State draft, assuming the Warriors’ final three lottery picks will be in the field.
When James Wiseman last spoke to the media, the former No. 2 overall pick said there was a 90% chance he would make the summer league. It appears that percentage is on the rise, and general manager Bob Myers told reporters on Wednesday that he expects Wiseman, Jonathan Kuminga and Moses Moody to all play Summer Championship games at some point. .
Whether it’s during the California Classic at the Chase Center or in Las Vegas is yet to be determined. The California Classic takes place July 2-3, and the Warriors will play at least July 8, 10, 12, and 15 in Las Vegas.
“He’s going to square off with our guys,” Myers said of Wiseman. “He’s going to start doing live stuff. All indications are good.
“Kuminga and Moody are planning to play as well, so I don’t expect that to change. It will just depend on how many games they play, but they are all planning to play, which we think will be great.” We think they should. It’s going to be a long time for the guys showing up here for the Cal Classic. I don’t know if all these guys will play to the end.
“But I think of those three, you’re going to see them all at one time or another in the summer league.”
Wiseman’s 2020-21 rookie campaign was halted after 39 games – 27 starts – due to a torn meniscus in his right knee. Due to complications, he missed all of last season. The 21-year-old center still hasn’t played in the summer league and still hasn’t had training camp with the Warriors.
Everything seems to be positive in the present regarding Wiseman’s current health. He practiced at the Warriors facility on Tuesday and the plan was for another practice to take place on Wednesday. Coach Steve Kerr later told reporters Wednesday that he had a conversation earlier in the day with Rick Celebrini, the Warriors director of sports medicine and performance, and all indications are that Wiseman is “doing fine.”
On March 25, the Warriors ruled out Wiseman for the remainder of the regular season and playoffs after suffering swelling in his right knee. This came after playing three G League games for the Santa Cruz Warriors. In those three games, Wiseman averaged 17.3 points and 9.7 rebounds.
At 7 feet tall with limited playing experience, Wiseman is full of raw potential. He scored 19 points in his NBA debut when he was just 19 and 18 points in his second game. Wiseman scored at least 20 points twice during his injury-shortened rookie season and scored 15 or more points 11 times.
Kerr wants to see something more than Wiseman’s offensive potential this summer. The coach knows it’s there, and also knows there’s more to becoming a complete player and contributing to a title contender.
“I think defensive pattern recognition and rebounding is what we can use the most from him,” Kerr said Wednesday. “Going forward, with his talent, with his size and his athleticism, there’s no reason he can’t be a dominant defensive player in the league. But it takes a lot of reps. It takes a lot It takes a lot to be on the court with nine other people, not just being in individual training or in the weight room.
“Hopefully – knock on wood – hopefully he gets his health back and starts to put those reps together and develop into a good defensive center. That would be the idea. You see how gifted he is offensively. “He’s a lob threat. He’s a good shooter, it’s all there for him.”
“But he needs a break. He needs some things to move forward health-wise, and like I said, so far so good, and we hope the things will continue to improve.”
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Both Kuminga and Moody have exceeded expectations as rookies. Moody didn’t turn 20 until May 31, and Kuminga was 19 all season. Each contributed valuable regular season and playoff minutes. It’s clear how strongly the Warriors view their future.
The acceleration of those futures starts now. They have the advantage of already knowing what it takes to win it all and should be hungry for another championship parade. Whether it’s summer league games or off-season training, these next few months will be important for the Warriors’ two lottery picks from a year ago.
Inside the Warriors building, and perhaps even more so outside, the Warriors’ future prospects are dizzying with the likes of Wiseman, Kuminga, Moody and Jordan Poole – all making a major leap to 22 years in year 3 .
Now it’s up to Wiseman, Kuminga and Moody to take the kind of step forward that Poole did, keeping the Warriors dynasty as strong as ever.
“It’s all set up nicely, but now we have to go,” Kerr said. “It’s exciting.”
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