Moses Moody already had high expectations when he joined the Golden State Warriors in the NBA draft in July.
The Warriors had reportedly turned down the chance to swap for an established NBA star to keep the pick, and Moody was considered a bargain for Golden State at number 14 overall. Moody could face even more pressure after an injury ended preseason for Jonathan Kuminga, which gives him a bigger role in the line-up.
But despite the pressures he might face, Moody has shone on the pitch and even received unusual praise from Warriors head coach Steve Kerr.
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As NBC Sports Bay Area’s Monte Poole noted, Kerr seldom goes very far in praising newbies, preferring instead to “cross the line between calm encouragement and cold leadership, oversight and reminding them that the NBA is a cathedral of learning is ”. . ”But Moody seems an exception, especially after his strong performance in the team’s preseason. In the October 8 win against the Los Angeles Lakers, Moody scored 10 points in 10 minutes in the fourth quarter, hitting all three of his threesomes.
Kerr had some good things to say about Moody’s feeling for the game, and praised how quickly he got used to the NBA game.
“We’ve seen him start taking things in the last few days,” Kerr said after the game on NBC Sports Bay Area. “The first few days were a kind of whirlwind for him. But it’s proof of his basketball instinct how quickly he takes things up. “
Moody paid tribute to his teammates for helping him develop it.
“I’m in a great situation, with a great organization, with a lot of help,” said Moody. “I don’t just listen to the older boys and the vets on our team, but also to the coaching staff. Everyone shares so much knowledge and opportunities to learn. Everyone from Steve Kerr to Steph Curry, Avery Bradley, Juan (Toscano-Anderson) and D-Lee (Damion Lee). “
Both Moses and Kuminga are expected to play meaningful minutes for the Warriors with the second session this year, though some believe the team could take them slow earlier in the year. Former Warriors star and analyst Chris Mullin, who appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area, said the two could follow in the footsteps of Jordan Poole, who split the time between Golden State and the G League Santa Cruz Warriors, where he is Game refined before finally returning to a major role.
“Well, for Moses Moody and Jonathan Kuminga, Jordan Poole is the blueprint and the playbook,” said Mullin. “We have seen steady progress where he is really a major threat this year.”
Kerr has received praise for both Moody and Kuminga. He told The Athletic’s Tim Kawakami that Kuminga has a chance of becoming a dominant player once he adds some size to his body.
“Especially Kuminga, because of its construction. He’ll add a lot of muscle and sheer strength that will suit him well. The more knowledge he gains about the NBA game, the greater his chance of influencing it.
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