Moses Moody’s willingness as a defender was one of the main reasons the Warriors were delighted to pick him 14th overall in the 2021 NBA Draft.
So far, in the Summer League and NBA preseason, Moody’s has shown that defensive intensity with every game, as he regularly takes the offense and tries to steal.
Moody revealed the funny way he learned to take charge during a talk with reporters Friday night after the Warriors’ victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.
“When I was a kid on my team, I was in the sixth grade, my coach, he would give you a dollar every time you get compensation, and I was a businessman, so I’m trying to make my money there,” said Moody. “Honestly that’s really how it started, but since then that’s just been part of my game.
“Even now that I know I have to pick, I have one this game, but I know I have to be smart in the future because I may not get those calls early as a young guy, but I just have to figure out the situation and adjust. “
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Moody said he ended up making about $20 in sixth grade, so he clearly put an emphasis on defense.
On Friday’s offensive end, Moody shot 3 out of 3 from behind the 3-point line in just over 10 minutes of action.
Still only 19 years old, Moody will experience growing pains in his rookie season, but an enthusiasm to get the dirty work done and the ability to consistently get outside shots would earn him a lot of playing time in the Warriors rotation.
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