Phoenix Suns Assistant Coach Compares Warriors’ Rookie to Kawhi Leonard

Published 09/05/2021, 1:29 AM EDT
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


A few years ago, the Warriors were a dream team for every rookie. Today, the GSW does not promise a sure title shot, but they’re still a phenomenal breeding ground for future greats. And with the duo of Steph Curry and Klay Thompson finally making a return, the upcoming season can be a blessing for any rookie on the roster.

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Now, one of the new names ready to launch their NBA career in a yellow jersey is Jonathan Kuminga. And as per a former Bay Area athlete, the #7 draft pick can achieve crazy success in the near future.

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Jarrett Jack with heavy promotion of the Warriors rookie

Jarrett Jack played with the Warriors in 2012-13 when Steve Kerr was still a year away from joining and transforming the team. But even as he left the team, his loyalty stayed true to the Dubs Nation. 

Recently, the 37-YO retired NBA player was in the Bahamas, leading his Big3 Ball team, Trilogy. Prior to this, he was with the G-League Ignite, where he was a teammate and veteran mentor to Jonathan Kuminga. 

So in an interview, Jack praised the 6’7” two-way forward and expressed, “He has the length, the athleticism, and the wingspan to be disruptive on defense. Offensively, he’s still learning how to go about his business on the perimeter. He played a lot of (center) in high school, so he’s used to playing in the trenches. But if he brings that motor to the perimeter side, he’ll be a force.”

He did not stop just there. The Maryland-based point guard then compared the talent with The Claw and added, “JK’s a tremendous athlete, has the strength to get into those ‘Kawhi (Leonard) areas,’ like the foul line, the dotted lines, and top of the key.”

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The recently signed assistant coach of Phoenix Suns, Jack, then revealed how his only advice to the rookie was to stay receptive and behave like a sponge. Notably, JK might not be a ROY contender, but he certainly has a huge ceiling. 

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May 16, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) celebrates with forward Draymond Green (23) against the Memphis Grizzlies during the fourth quarter at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports | Courtesy: Reuters

So Jack, who spent a month alongside Jonathan, detailed, “The Ignite was his first time playing against a scheme defense. He’d never really seen it before. So, while he’s going to go shoot 1,000 jump shots every day, or whatever, he has to make sure he’s working on the cerebral side too.”

The 18-YO Congolese forward player will see a limited role on a roster that has a veteran trio as its lead. This compelled Jarrerr to add, “Draymond will be vocal, Steph is a source of inspiration, and Klay sets an example of just handling your business. JK has to know: “I can’t leave the gym early if Steph and Klay are there for three hours. That looks bad. I can’t not know my assignments, because if not, Draymond is going to hold my feet to the fire.”

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That sounds like a plan for the rookie on which the GSW organization is investing loads of faith. Do you see JK matching all the expectations? Help us know in the comments section below.

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Sourabh Singh

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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

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