The Warriors have spent the entire 2021-22 NBA season trying to accomplish a complicated balancing act: Win while developing several players under the age of 23 years old.
Jonathan Kuminga has been the biggest test of what the Warriors are trying to do. At 19 years old, the rookie has all the talent in the world, but he also is extremely raw. He has shown flashes of greatness while also making costly mistakes.
Unlike fellow rookie Moses Moody, the Warriors have tried giving Kuminga rotation minutes during the 2022 NBA playoffs and have gotten mixed results, with mostly ineffective minutes as a starter against the Memphis Grizzlies in the Western Conference semifinals.
Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala, Steph Curry and Klay Thompson are the elder statesmen for the Warriors now, and part of their job is to bring Kuminga, Moody and Jordan Poole along.
But Poole and Moody are older and more mature than Kuminga, which has forced Green to realize he needs to approach the 2021 No. 7 overall draft pick differently.
“In the most respectful way, I had to look at him more like my son instead of my brother,” Green told Andscape’s Marc J. Spears. “The reality is he is just as close to my son in age as me in age. You start looking at the guy and you expect him to be this, speak like this, you expect him to do this thing and that thing.…