Will the Warriors’ Jonathan Kuminga play in the Summer League? | Basketball Ncaa
SAN FRANCISCO — James Wiseman says he’ll “most likely play” in the Summer League next month. If so, he might not be the only defending NBA champion to watch in Las Vegas.
Jonathan Kuminga said on Saturday afternoon that he would “love” to play in the annual offseason competition.
“I would like to, especially if I try to grow and learn and improve every day, I have to play more,” he said. “I feel like the Summer League would be good.”
Some players go through their entire career without winning an NBA championship. But at 19, Kuminga is the second-youngest player to win a championship ring.
Kuminga acknowledged how special it was for him to win at the highest level at such a young age. He appreciated his cousin sending a video of his family doing the Griddy dance after the Warriors knocked out the Celtics in six games. His brother, who is back in Africa, also told him that “everyone is happy that you are a champion”.
But reaching the top of the NBA has only made Kuminga more motivated to get back to work in hopes of getting back to that spot at the end of next season.
“I learned to be a winner…and now I know what it takes to get to the finals and get the job done,” Kuminga said. “Being there to watch what was going on, listen to the trainers, listen to the vets, that really helped me and I feel like if we keep up the good work, hopefully next year we’ll get there and I’m going to be one of the guys helping the team get there.
Kuminga said he focuses much of his off-season work on improving his shooting. He averaged 9.3 points while shooting 51.3 percent on 6.6 field goal attempts per game in 70 regular-season games this season. He also shot 33.6 percent from 3-point range, taking about 2.1 shots from deep in each game.
“If I take my shoot where I want it to go [it]it’s really going to open up a lot of things,” he said.
Kuminga could benefit from getting playing reps during the Summer League. He is also considering the possibility of playing for the Democratic Republic of Congo men’s national basketball team this offseason.
“I’m still working on that one, I’m still thinking ‘to play for his national team,’ he said. “I’m not going to take a break for too long. I’ll just come back to it.
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