Thursday night was a tough game for the Golden State Warriors. The Milwaukee Bucks dominated from the jump in a 118-99 win. The reigning champs even led by 39 at halftime over the Warriors.

The poor performance from the Warriors comes in the midst of their recent struggles. The team is just 5-5 over their last 10 games, and have fallen to a game and a half behind the Phoenix Suns at the top of the Western Conference standings. Furthermore, the team is also just a game-and-a-half ahead of the Grizzlies for second place.

Despite the Warriors struggles, rookie Jonathan Kuminga had a nice game, scoring 15 points and grabbing a career-high seven rebounds. The point total is the second-highest of the rookie’s career. Kuminga’s performance led to some interesting comments from head coach Steve Kerr after the game.

Steve Kerr: “When you look at where Giannis is now, and you think about him as a rookie, you got to think about JK (Jonathan Kuminga)… Not much understanding of the NBA, not much understanding of what’s going on yet. But that’s exactly where Giannis was a decade ago.”

— Mark Haynes (@markhaynesnba) January 14, 2022

“When you look at where Giannis is now, and you think about him as a rookie, you got to think about JK (Jonathan Kuminga) … Not much understanding of the NBA, not much understanding of what’s going on yet. But that’s exactly where Giannis was a decade ago,” Kerr said.

Giannis and Kuminga Similarities

Given the level of superstardom that Giannis has risen to, Kerr’s comments might sound far-fetched on the surface, but let’s take a look. In Antetokounmpo’s rookie season he averaged 6.8 points and 4.4 rebounds per game in 24.6 minutes per game. So far Kuminga is averaging just 10 minutes per game, but is averaging 5.3 points and 1.9 rebounds per game.

According to Cleaning the Glass, Giannis and Kuminga also rank similarly in points per shot attempt during their rookie seasons. Giannis scored 100 points per 100 shot attempts, while Kuminga is scoring 102.6 points per 100 shot attempts. Both have similar effective field goal percentages and steal percentages as well. Kuminga currently has an effective field goal percentage of 48.5, while during his rookie season Giannis was at 45.4. Giannis had a steal percentage of 1.4, while Kuminga’s is currently 1.3.

The Differences

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