Warriors’ top draft picks Kuminga, Moody are available to face Thunder — but probably not at the same time

SAN FRANCISCO — The future arrived at Chase Center Saturday night, although Warriors coach Steve Kerr is more inclined to ease his first two draft picks into the picture rather than throw them off the high dive and ask them to swim.

Forward Jonathan Kuminga, the No. 7 overall pick of the NBA draft, was active and eligible to face the Oklahoma City Thunder (1-4). Kuminga has been been out with a patella tendon strain since the preseason and has yet to make his NBA debut. Moses Moody, the No. 14 pick, was brought back from the G League in Santa Cruz and also available for action.

Both are 19 years old, which begs the question of whether Kerr would have any trepidation about playing both at the same time and if he’d ever played two players so young before.

“I don’t think so, and yes, there would be trepidation,” Kerr said.

The Warriors are without guard Damion Lee, out with a shoulder contusion sustained in the Warriors’ loss to Memphis. Forward Juan Toscano-Anderson, whos status had been in doubt with an ankle injury, is available to face the Thunder. Guard Chris Chiozza was active in the place of Lee.

“We’re going to miss his shooting, his playmaking, his intelligence,” Kerr said of Lee. “My gut is that those minutes will be filled by a combination, more minutes for Jordan (Poole), possibly Chris Chiozza getting some time and I think it opens the door for Moses to play as well. We’ll see.”

Both Kuminga, a 6-foot-7 forward, and Moody, a 6-5 wing, will be spoon-fed minutes for the time being.

“He’s just a young guy and he hasn’t played in about three weeks, so he’s got a ways to go, but he’s really, really gifted,” Kerr said. “He’s handled himself beautifully, he’s working hard. His time will come, but everyone just has to be patient including him — especially him — and it will work out.”

Moody is coming off a 17-point, four-assist and three-steals effort in the G League in which he was 3-for-7 on three-point shots. The Santa Cruz Warriors fell 107-96 to the Mexico City Capitanes.

“Moses played well but the team got blown out, got killed on the glass,” Kerr said. “A tough night. Haven’t had a chance to watch the game yet, I’ll watch it over the next couple of days when we’re off.”

Steph’s fourth-quarter issues

Stephen Curry didn’t score in the fourth quarter or overtime of the Warriors’ loss to the Grizzlies and not in two previous games late as well.

Kerr isn’t overly concerned.

“If there’s one thing I’m not worried about it’s Steph Curry scoring in the fourth quarter,” Kerr said. “That seems like the biggest fluke of all time. That’s how I’m looking at it. Not too worried. I’ll bet you he scores in the fourth tonight.”

Wiseman getting closer

James Wiseman, the 7-foot second-year center who along with Kuminga and Moody represents the future of the Warriors, is steadily improving following meniscus surgery.

“James is working really hard on the floor every day,” Kerr said. “He’s sprinting, doing a lot of cutting and basketball movement. He has not taken part in a three-on-three or any kind of scrimmage so he’s a ways away from being ready to play, but he’s really coming along and the process has been really sound and everybody is really pleased with his progress.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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