After a couple of down years, relatively speaking, the Golden State Warriors are right back in the center of NBA title discussions due to the potential return of Klay Thompson following outstanding seasons from Stephen Curry and Draymond Green. Adding to the Warriors' mystique heading into Thursday's draft was the fact that they owned two lottery picks (Nos. 7 and 14) -- a rare position for a team expecting to immediately compete for a championship.
Despite reportedly shopping both picks prior to the draft, Golden State made both its selections on Thursday, taking 18-year-old forward Jonathan Kuminga at No. 7, who played for the G League Ignite last season, and former Arkansas wing Moses Moody at No. 14. Kuminga was once considered a lock to go in the top five and has incredible upside as a prospect, while Moody is viewed as a more NBA-ready prospect but also possesses potential to be an impact player down the road.
Here's a quick look at the two players the Warriors selected in the first round, and how they could fit both now and in the future.
- No. 7 overall (Jonathan Kuminga)
- No. 14 overall (Moses Moody)
Kuminga: This is definitely an upside play, as Kuminga has some of the best tools in the draft -- the problem is, he's very raw. He might not be able to earn meaningful minutes next season for a Warriors team looking to return to title contention. If he comes along quickly, he'll add a powerful, athletic forward who can theoretically guard multiple positions. He'll need to improve his shooting consistency and 3-point stroke, but has All-Star potential down the line. Kuminga also could be a desirable trade chip to add to Golden State's package if and when another superstar becomes available.
Moody: With 3-and-D skills, Moody should make an immediate impact on the wing for the Warriors, and also displays some shot-creation and playmaking potential down the line. He owns a 6-11 wingspan, which should allow him to be an effective defender and get on the court right away for Steve Kerr. Moody should fit nicely next to Curry, Thompson and Green, with the ability to play in multiple lineups given his size and athleticism. He could be a mainstay on the Warriors roster for years to come if he continues to develop.