Jonathan Kuminga scores 18 in FIBA World Cup qualifying game vs. Cameroon

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Kuminga scores game-high in World Cup qualifier vs. Cameroon originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

After winning an NBA championship and having a solid summer league, Jonathan Kuminga is taking what he learned internationally for the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Facing off against Cameroon in the FIBA Basketball World Cup African Qualifiers, Kuminga showed his versatility in the 71-69 loss on Friday.

In all, Kuminga led all scorers with 18 points, grabbed six rebounds, and had an assist, block, and steal to round it all out.

Despite pacing all players in points, Kuminga was inefficient, going 4-for-15 (26 percent) from the field and 0-for-7 from 3-point land. A bright spot, though, is that Kuminga went 10-for-12 from the free-throw line, showing that his aggressiveness had yielded positive results.

Something to note as well is how comfortable Kuminga looked handling the ball and going downhill in transition. There were times when he carved up Cameroon's defense en route to the bucket, leading to a foul.

If the 19-year-old Kuminga can continue developing his ballhandling and shot selection -- as some shots looked to be rushed and forced -- he could be a viable option off coach Steve Kerr's bench in the 2022-23 NBA season.

Add on the fact that Kuminga is incredibly athletic and the Warriors could have another diamond just waiting to shine sooner than later.

For now, though, Kuminga refining his skills at the FIBA Basketball World Cup African Qualifiers prior to the start of the season should be a sight for Warriors fans.

Never satisfied and always wanting to improve, the African qualifiers provide the perfect opportunity for Kuminga to keep developing the tools he'll need to be a crucial piece if the Warriors want to repeat as champions next season.

With James Wiseman making strides in his game, it looks like Golden State's dynamic duo of the future is putting in the work to be great.

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It will only be a matter of time before the Warriors' front office and fans alike will see what Kuminga can really do on the floor.

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