The new Golden State Warriors point guard Chris Paul, according to four-time NBA champion Draymond Green, will “unlock” forward Jonathan Kuminga in the upcoming campaign.
On Paul George’s podcast, Green said that Paul will help Kuminga improve his offensive game. Paul George is an All-Star for the Los Angeles Clippers. Paul was acquired by the Dubs in the Jordan Poole deal from the Washington Wizards.
Green continued, “I’ll tell you one more thing I think it unlocks and I look forward to learning this from him. I think Chris Paul will completely unlock Jonathan Kuminga and his growth.” “CP gets along well with young men. Before Chris arrived in Phoenix, Deandre Ayton appeared to be a bust. No offense intended, but rather more of a tribute to CP, but nobody knew what Deandre Ayton would develop into. He instantly rose to the level of an All-Star player.
Therefore, I believe that what he will accomplish for Jonathan Kuminga and unleashing him will be enormous. Absolutely enormous, and I eagerly anticipate learning that from him.
This past season, Kuminga participated in 67 games for the Warriors. He shot 52.5% from the field, 37.0% from beyond the arc, and 65.2% from the line for 9.9 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 1.9 assists a game.
After defeating the Boston Celtics to win the title the previous season, the Warriors were defeated by the Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference Semifinals in 2023 in six games. In just 10 postseason games this season, Kuminga averaged just 3.4 points.
In the 2021 draft, Golden State selected Kuminga with the seventh overall pick. According to Jake Fischer of Yahoo Sports, the Warriors and Indiana Pacers had serious discussions about trading Kuminga, but no agreement was reached.
For the Phoenix Suns past season, Paul averaged 13.9 points and 8.9 assists per game. Along with Klay Thompson, Green, Stephen Curry, and Andrew Wiggins, he is anticipated to get the ball first.