Warriors coach Steve Kerr explains why the team sent both lottery picks to the G League.
The Golden State Warriors are sending both of their lottery picks to the G League, and head coach Steve Kerr hinted that it might become a regular occurrence.
The organization announced that Jonathan Kuminga and Moses Moody, both rookies, will be joining the Santa Cruz Warriors for a possible doubleheader. According to Kerr, the team is working to provide the pair with as many possibilities as possible, which could include more frequent travel between Santa Cruz and San Francisco.
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The Rookies Are On Their Way Down
On Wednesday afternoon, the Santa Cruz Warriors will play the G League Ignite in a preseason game at the Chase Center in San Francisco. According to SB Nation’s Golden State of Mind, the game starts at 1:30 p.m., and the Warriors meet the Charlotte Hornets later that evening, thus either Kuminga or Moody might be eligible to play for the Warriors if an injury or other emergency circumstance arises.
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This season, neither rookie has seen much action. Kuminga started the season injured and made his debut against the Oklahoma City Thunder on October 30. Outside of Kerr’s programmed rotation, Moody has been healthy but stuck at the end of the bench, checking in largely in blowout scenarios or when another member of the rotation is in foul trouble.
As Kerr explained, the team may take advantage of the small distance between the major club and the G League affiliate to give both of their lottery picks extra playing experience.
“There will be enough of evenings where we’re off and in town in the Bay, and Santa Cruz has a game, and there will be plenty of nights where our young guys go down and play,” Kerr told USA Today’s Rookie Wire on Monday.
This is especially critical for Kuminga, who lost three weeks of training camp due to injury and requires scrimmage time, according to Kerr.
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