If there was a team that looked like it would absolutely break the Summer League, it was the group that the Golden State Warriors sent to Las Vegas. With former lottery picks Jonathan Cominga, James Wiseman and Moses Moody in the lead, Dub Nation was expecting a show in the NBA 2K23 Summer League.
However, the Golden State’s Golden State trio didn’t always live up to their billing for a week-plus in the Sin City residence. All three of them had their big moments, sure, but with each high there were itchy head bottoms.
Case in point: the inaugural Warriors contest against the Knicks, which saw Kuminga score just four points on a 2-of-10 shot while committing five turns. The previous #7 pick performed so poorly that one of his All-Star co-stars, Draymond Green, made it a highlight on the July 14 episode of his podcast.
“I’m going to say this in public because I said it to his face,” Green said. “I thought Jonathan Kominga was pretty bad, so, I went into the game… I thought it was really bad. He didn’t look engaged.”
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It didn’t help that Green took a special trip to Vegas and the Thomas & Mack Center to see Kuminga and Co. take control. Rather than appearing in front of the vet, and being the player who helped the Dubs win the championship, Cuminga fell flat.
“I was disappointed,” Green said. “When the OGs came to see me in the summer league, I was jumping off the wall. Your OGs are there. You want to destroy everyone in front of you because your OGs are there. I didn’t feel like he had pop. Because if you’ve got pop, No one in the summer league can touch you.”
Of course, Green wasn’t the only one who was disappointed. For his part, Kominga hinted that the performance was probably the worst match of his life. However, he also emphasized that it was nothing more than a picture on the radar.
“I mean I didn’t really worry about that match. All I worry about is coming here, helping my teammates win these matches and helping my coach win these matches, and I think that was my motivation.”
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Kuminga transformed it in a big and bad way
It didn’t take long for Kuminga to once again look like a future All-Star. During Dubs’ second match against Tottenham, the 19-year-old scored 28 points and earned seven plates. Then, in Game #3 against the Celtics, he fell by only one point from 30 pieces.
Green was not surprised by the transformation.
“He definitely bounced back in the next game and it showed,” Green said. Like, ‘Yeah, I have pop music. No one in the summer league can guard me! “…The following two showed them why he was chosen No. 7 in the draft. It shows why there is so much faith and excitement around him for this organization, and why there is a belief that with losses in free agency he will fill this place next year.”
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