Still learning, still sparkling
Comments (not negative or constructive, just comments/observations):
1. On the layup that got blocked, Porter just wanders around instead of spotting up in the corner (like Damion did later). Then Steph and JTA just mull around in the same area. Those guys on the weak side let Okeke easily rotate super early and didn't provide any passing lanes. If defenses are going to let Kuminga go 1:1 from the the triple threat against defenders like Mulder who are smaller and less athletic, we can do better than this possession.
2. On Kuminga's missed 3 pointer, it was on line and not a bad miss. Still want him getting downhill, but it's a good sign that it wasn't a bad miss ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Nice breakdown. I'm always grateful that you highlight not only the things Kuminga does well, but times he got lucky, and things he needs to work on, too. Balanced analysis is rare in the world of sports.
I'm very optimistic for Kuminga... I feel like, size aside, he's already shown several high-level skills, unfortunately not including BBIQ just yet. I guess we'll have to wait and see how that develops. But he seems willing and motivated, and he has some of the best coaches & mentors in the business behind him, so that's exciting.
Picking a couple of dates to see Warriors games has become almost like investing in Crypto, you’ve got to buy so far ahead to afford seats and then hope that the game features at least some starting players, decent seats tonight for Blazers but without their starting backcourt and others, hoping for a better matchup with Bucks in March, you guys can start trolling me now for whining, I guess my point is that T prices are a bummer
A quick draft retrospective with 20 games into the season, I’m pretty happy with my sleeper picks as Ayo Dosunmu is killing It with the Bulls and Isaiah Todd is looking very good in the G League scoring 15 peg while having vastly increased his inside efficiency while expanding his silky mid range jumpsuit to the three point line hitting it at 41% on a considerable clip. Honestly, if Todd can just develop a handle . . . he can be a star in this league. As of now, as a 6’10 athletic big who can shoot from deep, he’s already got an inside track to playing time.
My final sleeper pick, Cam Thomas, isn't doing as well though which is unfortunate.
Really liked what I saw of Kuminga and the excellent breakdown only bolstered that feeling. I know there's going to be plenty of derps and head-scratchers ahead, but really looking forward to some more WOW moments as well.
Wiseman, Kuminga, Lee/any min salary for Sabonis anyone? Just acquire all the kids of players?
Jk's: zero to rim crashing speed + height & length + weight & chest-to-chest strength + highly developed handles in traffic + way advanced for his age versatility around at the rim = a downhill player for the ages. Think Franz Klammer 1976 Olympics at Innsbruck. He's taking NBA players one on one from the 3-point line to the rim with authority. Wait until he really knows how to move properly in the system, and WITH the system. Curry-Klay-Wiggs-JK-DayDay. Now imagine him receiving the ball in the space created by this group. Or the open looks that will be generated when defenders try to help off of the shooters.
And J-Dub isn't even in the picture yet. I understand that there is a lot of potential thrown out there, but even if we take a best guess middle of the road projection of where these young guys will end up, it's really hard to comprehend. I have never seen a team with this much depth, diversity of skill, diversity of experience, quality and versatility in my life. Come playoff time, think of all the different ways the Warriors could attack on offense and defend. You could spend a day coming up with different rotations for different match ups. a healthy Klay, Wiggins & more experienced JK on the wings? Throw in GP II & Dray for a defensive stand.
The Warriors are 35-9 in their last 44 games. When they beat Portland, that's a .800 winning percentage in 45 games. And that is with Klay and 3 lottery picks on the bench. This isn't Light Speed, this is Ludicrous Speed.
The Warriors are about to go plaid.