Last season was everything the Golden State Warriors could have ever hoped for. They got Klay Thompson back, their core gelled beautifully, and despite dealing with multiple injuries along the way, they managed to win their fourth championship in eight years.
Now, they’ll be looking to build on that success next year. With almost their entire rotation coming back, minus Gary Payton II, Otto Porter Jr., and Nemanja Bjelica, they’ll be able to play their same game. However, new faces should be ready to step up into the rotation.
One of those players will be soon-to-be-sophomore wing Moses Moody. During a recent interview with Anthony Slater of The Athletic, head coach Steve Kerr explained what Moody’s role in the rotation could look like next season.
“Moses looks the part. He’s got a more advanced, well-rounded game than JK right now in terms of how it fits with the others. That 3-and-D position. He projects to be a part of things next year. He showed it in the playoffs against Dallas,” Kerr told Slater.
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He’s not the only youngster who projects to earn minutes next season, though, as Kerr was also impressed with Jonathan Kuminga’s performance.
Kerr Discusses Kuminga’s Play
Although he didn’t earn regular minutes last season, Kuminga was still a very useful piece in Golden State’s rotation. Kerr said that him not getting consistent minutes was normal, though, as he was just a rookie.
“All of them have shown really good signs,” Kerr said of Moody, Kuminga, and James Wiseman. “JK had a stretch last year where — I think it was March, early April — he played really well and started to get more comfortable. He didn’t get as much run in the playoffs, but that’s normal for a rookie, especially once we were fully healthy.”
Jonathan Kuminga and Moses Moody in the Warriors’ new Statement Edition uniforms for the 2022-23 season
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