Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson Are Encouraging Warriors Rookies Jonathan Kuminga and Moses Moody In Unique Ways

Published 08/15/2021, 9:37 AM EDT
Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson embrace after the Warriors� 104 to 99 victory over the Houston Rockets in game 5 of the Western Conference Semifinals between the Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets at Oracle Arena on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 in Oakland, Calif. (Photo by Carlos Avila Gonzalez/San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images)

The NBA summer league has served as a great platform for rookies to show out. All the top rookies have been competing hard to make their name, and they have not disappointed so far. Warriors’ rookie duo, Moses Moody and Jonathan Kuminga, have proved their worth well. Likewise, they have received their praises from Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.


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Well, both the splash brothers have welcomed the rookies right in. The Warriors now look like a threat because of Thompson’s return. Moreover, they also secured Steph’s services for another four years. These 2 veterans have done their part in encouraging the new Warriors’ addition.

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

Here is how they have encouraged rookies Moses Moody and Jonathan Kuminga.


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Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson welcoming the rookies

Recently, Curry took out Warriors’ rookie, Moses Moody, for dinner. They met up to get to know each other and just have a good time. The two were able to build a relationship, and the rookie got to pick Curry’s brains a little!

He said: “That time was really to get to know each other. It wasn’t just, straight advice in game, he was really just gelling and talking about all kinds of things. He teach me how to golf, that’s something.”

On the other hand, Klay complimented Kuminga through his Instagram stories. During one of the summer league games, Jonathan Kuminga pulled off an insane dunk; that caught Klay’s eye, and he expressed the same via his social media account.

He put up an Instagram story hyping up the young rookie for his great play. He wrote, “🚀🚀 sheeesh !! put em in a blender then rook!”

It is great to see that players of such caliber are pushing the young guns and encouraging them to be better. In fact, Stephen Curry was also present in one of their Summer league games. But how have the two rookies performed?

Rookies living up to the expectations

Golden State Warriors may have had the best draft of this year. Both Jonathan Kuminga and Moses Moody have been balling in the summer league.

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 has made his presence on both ends of the floor. He is averaging 15.7 points and 5.7 assists so far. His potential is visible as he has been performing great in all the games.


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His compatriot Moses Moody has been equally impressive as well. Putting up 17 points per game and shooting 44% from deep, he has proven to be a serious threat already.

Moreover, the energy and athleticism that these two bring in are valuable to any team. They will play a crucial role coming off the bench for the Bay this season. However, getting up to starters will be tough. With Klay Thompson returning, all spots seem to be taken.

May 6, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) shoots the basketball against Oklahoma City Thunder forward Luguentz Dort (5) and center Moses Brown (9) during the first quarter at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Hence, Kuminga and Moody are in for the long run. However, there is little to no doubt that they will make their marks. Do you think the Warriors had the best draft out of all the teams? Let us know in the comments below.


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Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.