The Warriors expect James Wiseman, Jonathan Kominga and Moses Moody to participate in the Summer League

The last three picks of the Warriors with a big chance at the top originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayara

SAN FRANCISCO – Having exited their fourth championship in the past eight seasons behind the Big Three of Steve Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, the Warriors’ focus can now turn to the future.

First comes the 2022 NBA draft Thursday night where the Warriors have a 28th pick, a 51st pick, and 57th pick. The NBA Summer League appears to be more important than the Golden State draft, assuming all three of the Warriors’ final lottery picks will be on the field.

The last time James Wiseman spoke to the media, the former second seed said there was a 90 per cent chance of playing in the summer league. The percentage appears to be on the rise, and general manager Bob Myers on Wednesday told reporters he expects Weizmann, Jonathan Kominga and Moses Moody to play all summer league games at some point.

Whether it’s during the California Classic at Chase Center or in Las Vegas has yet to be determined. The California Classic will take place on July 2, July 3 and July 5, and the Warriors will play at least July 8, 10, 12 and 15 in Las Vegas.

“He will quarrel with our men,” Myers said of Wiseman. “He’s going to start doing live things. All indications are good.

“Kuminga and Moody are planning to play as well, so I don’t expect that change. It’s just going to depend on the number of games, the games they’re playing in, but they’re all planning to play, which we think is cool we think they should. It’s going to be a long time of players coming up here at Cal Classic I don’t know all of these guys are going to play all the way.

“But I’m thinking about those three, you’ll see them all at one point or another in the Summer League.”

Wiseman’s 2020-21 junior campaign was halted after 39 games – 27 games – due to a meniscus tear in his right knee. Because of the complications, he missed the whole last season. The 21-year-old center has not played in the summer league and still hasn’t had a training camp with the Warriors.

Everything seems to be positive for the time being regarding Weizmann’s current health. He worked at the Warriors facility on Tuesday and the plan was to do another workout on Wednesday. Coach Steve Kerr later told reporters on Wednesday that he had a conversation earlier in the day with Rick Celerini, the Warriors’ director of sports medicine and performance, and all indications are that Wiseman “is going well.”

The Warriors on March 25 ruled Weizmann out for the remainder of the regular season and matches after suffering swelling in his right knee. This came after playing three G-League games for the Santa Cruz Warriors. In those three games, Wiseman averaged 17.3 points and 9.7 rebounds.

At 7ft tall with limited game experience, Wiseman is full of raw potential. He scored 19 points in his NBA debut when he was just 19, and 18 in his second game. Wiseman scored at least 20 points twice in a junior season whose injuries shortened him, scoring 15 or more points 11 times.

Kerr wants to see something more than an attacking potential from Wiseman this summer. The coach knows that there is, and he also knows that there is more to becoming a complete player and contributing to the title contender.

“I think defensive recognition of patterns and rebounds is the most that we can get from it,” Kerr said on Wednesday. “To go forward, with his talent, his size and his sportsmanship, there is no reason why he can’t be a dominant defensive player in the league. But it takes a lot of reps. It takes a lot of discretion. It takes a lot to be on the field with nine other people, not just being in a practice.” Individually or in a weightlifting room.

“Hopefully we – we’re knocking on wood – I hope he gets healthy and starts to put those reps together and develops into a good defensive position. That would be the idea. You see how talented he is offensively. He’s a strong threat. He’s a good shooter, it’s all there for him.”

“But he needs a break. He needs a few things to go his healthy way, and like I said, so far, so good, hopefully things keep getting better.”

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Kuminga and Moody both exceeded expectations as starters. Modi didn’t turn 20 until May 31, and Kuminga was 19 all season. Each of them contributed valuable minutes in the regular season and play-off matches. It was obvious how high the warriors’ vision of their future was.

The acceleration of these futures contracts begins now. They have the advantage of knowing what it takes to win it all and they should be hungry for another tournament show. Whether it’s summer league games or off-season training, the next few months will be big for the lottery picks the Warriors picked a year ago.

Inside the Warriors Building, and perhaps more than that, expectations for the Warriors’ future are high with players like Wiseman, Cominga, Moody and Jordan Ball – who made the leap at 22 years old in their third year.

Now it’s up to Wiseman, Kuminga and Moody to take the kind of step forward that Paul has taken, making the Warriors’ dynasty as strong as ever.

“Everything is well prepared, but now we have to do it,” Kerr said. “It’s exciting.”

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