The NBA recently announced its rosters for the Rising Stars Challenge during All-Star Weekend, and Golden State Warriors rookie Jonathan Kuminga was not among the group of players selected for the game. The 7th overall pick has shown major signs of potential during his rookie season, but hasn’t always gotten consistent playing time on this roster of Warriors veterans. Despite this, Klay Thompson thinks he was snubbed.
“It’s a travesty that he’s not in the Rookie-Sophomore game. It doesn’t make sense. I don’t know what the NBA was looking for,” Thompson said on Kuminga’s Rising Stars exclusion . Golden State got solid contributions from Jonathan Kuminga in their win over the OKC Thunder on Monday night, with the rookie recording 16 points, 4 assists and 4 rebounds in 23 minutes off the bench. Kuminga, who notably was not selected for the NBA Rising Stars game, said, “I would love to be there, but they let me down. I can’t really worry about that.” Coach Kerr said after the win that Kuminga was much more comfortable with what the Warriors were looking to do on the field.
In his last 12 games, Kuminga is averaging 10.6 PPG from 51.1% from the field. Golden State went 10-2 in those contests, and the rookie no doubt played a part in those wins. His high-flying ability makes him an exciting player to watch and the perfect participant for the Rising Stars game. Klay Thompson recognizes it and blows up the NBA for missing it.
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