Rookie Jonathan Kuminga Gets Schooled By Stephen Curry During Warriors’ Training Camp

Published 10/02/2021, 2:54 PM EDT
May 21, 2021; San Francisco, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) shoots the basketball against the Memphis Grizzlies during the first quarter at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports


With the development of the three-point shot in the league, the requirement of perimeter defense has become essential to every franchise. And the credit of this revolution in the league goes to none other than Stephen Curry. Undoubtedly, Curry is the best shooter in the league’s history. So if anyone can train a rookie on the pace of the league at the 3-point line, it’s Curry.

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Jonathan Kuminga was drafted in the lottery picks of the first round in this year’s NBA Draft. He joined the stacked roster, which was plagued with injuries last season, which led to their failure in playoff qualification. Subsequent to the Media Day, practice footage has emerged of this duo in the Warriors’ training camp. This should excite every member of DubNation.

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Stephen Curry is preparing Jonathan Kuminga for the NBA

Every player has a subjective ‘Welcome to the NBA’ moment. For some players, it is facing the bully of their team or a lesson from their mentor in the team. For Kuminga, there cannot be a better mentor than Curry.

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Since Kuminga has already played in NBA’s Affiliate G League, his skill-set is polished to the level of a sub-par player in the NBA. However, comprehensive defensive training against the best offensive duo in the league could help him reach the prime of his abilities soon.

Jul 29, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Jonathan Kuminga (G League Ignite) poses with NBA commissioner Adam Silver after being selected as the number seven overall pick by the Golden State Warriors in the first round of the 2021 NBA Draft at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Kuminga recently admitted that he is extremely excited to play along with Stephen Curry and the rest of the Warriors. He told the reporters during Media Day, “It’s been real crazy because … I’m not even going to try to be funny but I used to use Steph in 2K. So, if you’re using Steph in 2K he don’t miss at all. At all. So when you use somebody in 2K and then you get a call that you are getting drafted to the same team as him, it’s crazy.”

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So with Draymond nearing the end of his career’s prime, will Kuminga be the next big star for the Warriors? Tell us what you think in the comments below.

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Chaitanya Dadhwal

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Chaitanya Dadhwal is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Even though his journalism is driven by his desire to understand both sides of an argument and give a neutral perspective, he is biased towards Houston Rockets and Arsenal, and he has shown exactly how loyal he can be through tough times. Currently a Law student at Jindal Global Law School, he aims to have his own sports management firm one day and enjoys rap music during his time off.

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