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The last time the Warriors had a first round pick at number 7 they picked a guard from unknown Davidson University named Wardell Stephen Curry II. Everyone today knows that Curry revolutionized the game and made his 3-point shot a deadly weapon just as Michael Jordan used his fadeaway jumper to score at will.
With their seventh pick, the Warriors selected Jonathan Kuminga, a 6-8 forward from the Republic of Congo. He played last season with the G League Ignite and in 13 games, Kuminga averaged 15.8 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 2.7 assists. He was already very confident when asked what his legacy will be.
"I just want to be remembered as that guy who brought a team to a championship, who won a championship. At the end of the day I want to be Hall of Fame, so I want to have a great career where everybody going to be talking about I want to model my game to Jonathan at some point," Kuminga said over a video conference with reporters.
Then with the 14th overall pick, the Warriors selected Moses Moody from Arkansas. However, you wouldn't know it from the ESPN telecast where Kendrick Perkins butchered his name numerous times.
Moody was the first Arkansas freshman to earn All-SEC First Team honors by the media and second by the coaches. A 6-6 guard, Moody's strengths is that he has a very smooth shooting delivery and has the size and length to guard multiple positions. He averaged 16.8 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.6 assists.
In recent years it has become fashionable to draft someone who is a “3-and-D” specialist which means he can shoot the three and defend. The Warriors believe Moody is just this type of player and he recently participated in a pre draft workout at Chase Center.
"I feel like can I get in and have a good place with the team that they have now and really contribute as soon as possible, but I'm willing to wait and develop as much as they need me to," Moody said.
It goes without saying it will be interesting to see how these two players develop playing alongside the rest of the Dubs in the fall.
Moody could have been picked as high as sixth so for the Warriors to still have him available as the 14th pick, it is possible that Golden State hit the jackpot in this draft getting two top players without having to compromise. Many "experts" thought the Warriors would trade their two picks to get Jalen Suggs, but as it was, Suggs dropped from fourth to fifth place and was taken by Orlando.
The 2021 Draft marked the first time in franchise history that the Warriors have had two Lottery picks since the NBA Draft Lottery began in 1985.
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Oklahoma City Thunder Point Guard Chris Paul after their 100-97 win over the Warriors at the Chase Center on November 25, 2019.
Portland Trail Blazers Point Guard Damian Lillard after their 127-118 loss to the Warriors at the Chase Center on November 4, 2019.
Los Angeles Clippers Forward Kawhi Leonard after their 141-122 win over the Warriors in the first-ever regular season game at the Chase Center on October 24, 2019.