Warriors to watch top draft prospect Kuminga work out in Miami

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Shortly after Jonathan Kuminga completed a pre-draft workout with the Orlando Magic on Tuesday, he told reporters that the Warriors will be flying to Miami to watch him on the court.

Jonathan Kuminga, probably the highest ceiling possibility at #7 if he falls, said the Warriors brass will fly out to Miami and work him out soon. Draft is nine days away. Question via @JoshuaBRobbins out in Orlando today. pic.twitter.com/LrDuZ4JoSN

Kuminga for several months was considered a lock to be selected in the top five. But he has started to slip in many mock drafts and could be available when the Warriors are on the clock at No. 7.

"League sources say the [Orlando] Magic are high on Florida State forward Scottie Barnes with the fifth pick, while the [Oklahoma City] Thunder prefer Barnes or UConn guard James Bouknight with the sixth selection," The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor wrote last week.

Kuminga on Tuesday said he has worked out for the Cleveland Cavaliers and Toronto Raptors, who hold the third and fourth picks respectively.

The 18-year-old averaged 15.8 points, 7.2 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.0 assists over 13 games for the NBA G League Ignite last season, while shooting 38.7 percent overall and 24.6 percent from deep.

In his first game against the Santa Cruz Warriors on Feb. 10, he recorded 19 points, four assists and two blocks.

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The Congo native is considered somewhat of a project and Golden State very much is in win-now mode.

But if he falls to No. 7, it probably would be very difficult for the Warriors to pass on Kuminga.

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Mock Draft: Raptors select USC's Evan Mobley

Sports Illustrated 21 July, 2021 - 12:02am

For months, the projected draft order had Cade Cunningham going first overall followed by Evan Mobley, Jalen Green, and Jalen Suggs. Now, things appear to have changed a little bit. Vegas has Green favored to go second followed by Mobley and Suggs, respectively, and Yahoo's newly released mock draft by Krysten Peek looks even more favorable for Toronto.

Yahoo's latest mock draft is reading into the rumors out of Cleveland that the Cavaliers are looking to shop Collin Sexton. There have been multiple reports suggesting he's "very available" this summer and the assumption is the Cavaliers will target a guard like Jalen Suggs if they can move Sexton before the draft.

If Cleveland can find a trade partner and draft Suggs, as Peek has projected, Toronto will land the draft's best big, Mobley, at No. 4.

"Mobley is the best center in this draft class who can also extend his game to the wing thanks to his incredible ball-handling skills for his 7-foot frame," Peek wrote.

Landing a center like Mobley could be a game-changer for Toronto who appears to be set at its other four starting positions with Fred VanVleet, OG Anunoby, Pascal Siakam all under contract and at least one, if not both, of Gary Trent Jr. and Kyle Lowry back for next season. The problem with Mobley and young centers, in general, is they can be slow to develop to the NBA game both in terms of physicality and body type. While Mobley could dominate the collegiate game at 7-feet tall, 210-pounds, he's going to have to add some weight and fill out his body to really be a true difference-maker at the highest level.

SB Nation Reacts: Reader 2021 NBA mock draft results

The Dream Shake 21 July, 2021 - 12:02am

Our readers made Houston’s first round draft pick.

Our second is coming from our network-wide readers. Each team site will make their squad’s pick through the top 10, which means you all voted for who the Houston Rockets will take at number two through our SB Nation Reacts feature, and we have those results now.

The good news is that we had over 700 voters, so this is a pretty good snapshot of what most Rockets fans are thinking. I’m not a statistician or numbers guy, but I’m pretty sure that’s just about big enough for a legit scientific sample.

Anyway, here’s what you came for. Rockets fans have spoken, and it’s pretty unequivocal.

So there you have it, TDS and Rockets fans, you all have spoken, and Jalen Green is your newest Rocket.

We have one more mock draft to go, and that’s the SB Nation Site Manager Mock Draft, where we pick the entire first round, which means you get three picks from yours truly.

Don’t forget to head over here to sign up for the NBA version of SB Nation Reacts.

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