Jonathan Kuminga bypassed college ball and elected to join the G-League Ignite will players such as Jalen Green and Isaiah Todd, to name a few. He absolutely showed out with the Ignite and has scouts raving about his potential.
Jonathan Kuminga 2021 NBA Draft Profile
G League Ignite Career
In his lone season with the Ignite, Kuminga averaged 15.8 points per game in 32 minutes. He then added 7.2 rebounds with a steal and shot 38 percent from the field.
Jonathan Kuminga's raw talent is through the roof, as one of the youngest players in the 2021 NBA Draft.
— Matt Evans (@MattEvansCU) July 27, 2021
The 6-foot-8 forward can do a lot of things well on the floor. He was a five-star recruit out of high school for a reason and elected to go to the Ignite for the coaching and financial aspects.
As stated above, Kuminga can do a ton of things well. He can shoot, pass, space the floor, defend, drive, you name it. He is the perfect small forward for most NBA teams and could very likely slide down and play some power forward and stretch four.
His shot creation is through the roof, and his athleticism is one of the best in the entire draft class. His wingspan is nearly seven feet, and if he can grow into his body, he will be an absolute mess for opposing teams to deal with. There is no question that Kuminga has all the skills in the world and could very likely end up as the best player in the class.
Playing alongside a superb talent such as Jalen Green surely helped him develop as well, with both of them projected to go within the first five picks.
In all honesty, it is a bit tough to nitpick Kuminga’s weaknesses. As a high school player, he was one of the best players in the nation before electing to join the Ignite.
In his time with the Ignite– a short sample size of just a baker’s dozen of games– Kuminga really underwhelmed shooting the ball. There are some reasons for that, due to the bubble atmosphere and the lack of chemistry with the Ignite playing limited games with one another.
truth be told, Kuminga’s shot should fall much better, especially with NBA coaches working alongside him. His defense was also a concern in the bubble, but then again the defense as a whole was lacking, so that could be tossed out.
Kuminga’s biggest downfall is his raw ability. He does a ton of things well, but he isn’t necessarily great at one aspect– at least not yet. Don’t worry, he will be.
NBA Player Comparison
Oh boy, this is tough. But, Kevin Durant is the first name that comes to mind. Durant has the frame that Kuminga has, especially when Durant was in Texas playing his college ball. Kuminga projects as the ideal two-way player, a guy that can hold his own on defense and create his own shot on the offensive end. Some have pegged him as a LeBron James prototype, although nobody will ever be a LeBron James prototype.
Jonathan Kuminga 2021 NBA Draft Projection
Top Five pick.
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