Warriors mailbag: 2021 NBA Draft and free agency

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Golden State of Mind 21 July, 2021 - 09:33pm 15 views

When is the NBA Draft 2021?

The 2021 NBA Draft is set for Thursday, July 29 at 8:00 p.m. ET at the Barclays Center, home of the Brooklyn Nets. NBA CA2021 NBA Draft: Key prospects to know in the mid- to late-lottery range

Jonathan Kuminga says predraft workout with Magic went well

Orlando Sentinel 22 July, 2021 - 01:00am

Kuminga, who was at Amway Center on Monday to work out for the Magic, shrugged off the suggestion that his shooting touch might drop him a few notches in the draft. The numbers for the 6-foot-7 standout from the Congo tell the story of his shooting struggles. With the NBA’s G-League Ignite, Kuminga, who chose to forgo college, shot just 38.7% from the field and hit only 24.6% of his 3-point attempts.

He said the knock on his shooting doesn’t concern him, and he maintains that he has improved with his play in the G-League.

“My shooting has been really good. I feel more comfortable shooting any range, taking any type of shot because I’ve been putting a lot of work in since I left the [G-League] bubble,” Kuminga said.

He shrugs off the so-called expert opinions.

“Anything in basketball really don’t bother me, as long as I know what I do ... to get better every day,” Kuminga said. “That’s all that matters, and that’s pretty much all my focus.”

He’s a much more formidable finisher when playing closer to the rim, and he’s an aggressive rebounder with a 7-foot wingspan. He averaged 7.2 rebounds per game. The best part of the 19-year-old’s game at this stage is his defense —he’s very aggressive, agile and quick on his feet.

The Magic have first-round draft picks at the Nos. 5 and 8 spots, and also will have a third selection at No. 33. Many scouting reports or mock drafts had figured Kuminga to go in the first five picks, but the Magic need a shooter first and foremost.

Kuminga is the third player the Magic have had in for a workout, along with Gonzaga’s Corey Kispert and FSU’s Scottie Barnes. The forward could still be around at the No. 8 spot for the Magic, and Kuminga said he’ll fit in wherever he lands.

“I’m not for sure if I’m a top-five pick, but I’m not worried about that,” Kuminga said. “That’s just the rankings. We don’t know where I might end up, so I don’t really be concerned about draft picks. I don’t really look into it.”

Kuminga said he used his G-League season to learn much more about the game.

“With the G-League, I think I grew a lot. I see myself as an all-around player,” Kumnga said. “When I went to G-League ... I learned a lot. ... the pace of the game, seeing the floor a lot better, a lot of spacing, all the game plays, I think, are pretty much in the NBA, so I think I needed to go out there and play for a year.”

He’s quite developed for being one of the youngest prospects in this year’s draft. Kuminga moved to the United States for high school at the age of 16 and played at three high schools, the last one being the Patrick School in New Jersey. He reclassified in 2020, forgoing his senior year.

He was a consensus high school All-American with schools like Duke trying to gain his services, but he chose the G-League, instead of college.

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Steph Curry is top-three NBA player of all time, E-40 believes

NBC Sports Bay Area 22 July, 2021 - 01:00am

The legendary Bay Area rapper is true to his roots and a huge sports fan. He also can't wait to watch Steph Curry and the Warriors next season. 

“The Warriors are going to be back," E-40 said to KPIX's DJ Sixsmith. "We got some of the younger players and they are going to be back and they are ready to play. We got it and we was good this year."

Curry had perhaps the best season of his 12-year career this year by leading the NBA in scoring with 32.0 points per game. But as Golden State again fought the injury bug, the Warriors lost twice in the NBA play-in tournament and failed to reach the playoffs. 

They own two lottery picks in the upcoming 2021 NBA Draft, and are expected to compete in the crowded Western Conference with the return of Klay Thompson to join Curry, Draymond Green, Andrew Wiggins and Co. 

"I truly believe Steph and Draymond are Hall of Famers for sure," E-40 continued. "Everything Draymond does out there is smart and he might lose his temper every once in a while because he is competitive.

"I feel like Steph Curry is the GOAT. At the end of the day, they will see this man is top three for sure. They are going to see and all the kids look up to him too. They love Steph and that man do his thang.

"The kids look up to Steph like they did with Allen Iverson.”

Curry and Iverson obviously are seen much differently with their personalities, but E-40 does have a point. Just like Iverson made the game cool as a player who doesn't dominate with his size, Curry has done the same with this generation. 

Whether it's top three or not, the Warriors superstar will go down as an all-time great who changed the game forever. And E-40 will be rooting for him every step of the way.

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