The Warriors are waiting for James Wiseman, Jonathan Kuminga, Moses Moody in the summer championship

The Warriors are waiting for James Wiseman, Jonathan Kuminga, Moses Moody in the summer championship

The Warriors’ last three top picks have big opportunities ahead, first appearing on NBC Sports Bayarea

SAN FRANCISCO – Starting their fourth season in the last eight seasons behind Steph Curry’s Big Three, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, the Warriors’ focus can now be shifted to the future.

First comes the NBA 2022 draft on Thursday night, where the Warriors hold No. 28, No. 51 and No. 57. The NBA Summer League seems to be even more important than the Golden State draft, assuming all three of the Warriors’ most recent selections are on the floor.

The last time James Wiseman spoke to the media, the former No. 2 overall pick said there was a 90% chance he would be in the summer championship. The percentage seems to be rising and general manager Bob Myers told reporters Wednesday that he expects Wiseman, Jonathan Kuminga and Moses Moody to all play some summer league games.

Whether it will take place during the California Classic at the Chase Center or in Las Vegas has not yet been determined. The California Classic will take place on July 2 and July 3 and the Warriors will play at least July 8, 10, 12 and 15 in Las Vegas.

“He will climb with our children,” Myers said of Wiseman. “He will start doing living things. All indications are good.

“Kuminga and Moody plan to play as well, so I do not expect it to change. It will only depend on how many games they play, but they all plan to play, which we think is great. We think it should. it takes a long time for the kids to show up here for the Cal Classic I do not know all of these kids will play until the end.

“But I’m thinking about these three, you will see them all at some point in the summer league.”

Wiseman’s rookie campaign in 2020-21 was interrupted after 39 races – 27 starts – due to a ruptured meniscus in his right knee. Due to complications, he lost all last season. The 21-year-old center has not yet played in a summer league and has not yet trained with the Warriors.

Everything seems to be positive at the moment about Wiseman’s current health. He worked at the Warriors facility on Tuesday and the plan was to do another workout 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 well”.

The Warriors on March 25 eliminated Wiseman for the rest of the regular season and the playoffs after a swelling in his right knee. This happened after 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 and with limited gaming experience, Wiseman is full of raw possibilities. He scored 19 points in his NBA debut when he was just 19 years old and 18 points in his second game. Wiseman scored at least 20 points twice in his rookie season due to injury and scored 15 points or more 11 times.

Kerr wants to see more than offensive potential from Wiseman this summer. The coach knows this is there, and he also knows there is more to becoming a complete player and contributing to a title contender.

“I think defensive pattern recognition and rebounds are what we can use more than that,” Kerr said Wednesday. “Going forward, with his talent, his size and his athleticism, there is no reason why he can not be a dominant defender in the league. But he needs a lot of repetitions. He needs a lot of recognition. He really needs to be on the pitch with nine other people. not just being in a one-on-one workout or in a weight room.

“I hope – he hit a stick – I hope he gets healthy and starts to combine these repetitions and develop into a good defensive center. That would be the idea. You see how gifted he is offensively. He is threatening for lobs. He is a good shooter. Everything is there for him.

“But it needs a break. It needs some things to go its way in terms of health, and as I said, so far it is very good, and we hope that things will continue to improve.”

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Kuminga and Moody exceeded expectations as beginners. Moody did not turn 20 until May 31 and Kuminga was 19 all season. Everyone contributed valuable minutes in the regular season and in the playoffs. It is clear how high the Warriors see their future.

The acceleration of these future deadlines begins now. They have the advantage that they already know what it takes to win it all and they have to be hungry for another championship parade. Whether it’s summer league games or off-season training, these coming months will be big for the Warriors’ two lottery options a year ago.

Inside the Warriors building, and perhaps even more so outside, the Warriors’ future prospects are incredible with players like Wiseman, Kuminga, Moody’s and Jordan Poole – who made a major leap in his 22-year career at Year 3..

It is now up to Wiseman, Kuminga and Moody’s to take the step forward that Poole took, keeping the Warriors dynasty as strong as ever.

“Everything is fine, but now we have to do it,” Kerr said. “It is exciting.”

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