“It’s a Poole Party, It’s a Poole Party” | Draymond Green raves about rise of Golden State Warriors guard Jordan Poole

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 03: Jordan Poole #3 and Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors react after Poole made a three-pointer against the Charlotte Hornets in the first half at Chase Center on November 03, 2021 in San Francisco, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and/or using this photograph, user accepts the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

The Golden State Warriors advanced to the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 2019. For a team with its championship core of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green finally back intact after 2 1/2 seasons he interval is a chance to rekindle some of that magic from 2015 to 2019.

During that span, the Warriors made five consecutive NBA Finals, winning three NBA titles. Getting that trio back on the floor wasn’t going to be enough to get the “Dubs” back to the NBA Finals. They needed an infusion of young, gifted new players.

Enter the likes of Andrew Wiggins, Jonathan Kuminga and Jordan Poole. Young guns who bring a level of athleticism that the Warriors have been sorely lacking for about four seasons.

While Wiggins, the former No. 1 overall pick, made his first All-Star team this season, and Kuminga looks his ceiling, it was Jordan Poole’s development that shocked the world. of the hoop. Poole executed his work effectively in Thompson’s absence and caused defensive fits in a way the less mobile Shooting Star cannot. Thompson was able to return in January after missing nearly three seasons.

Poole then took over to fill the void left by Steph Curry in the final 12 games of the season, where he really flourished. His ability to play both guard positions has been a blessing to Steve Kerr and his mixed roster of All-Stars, aging veterans and talented newbies.

Poole was the Warriors’ best player in Gentleman’s Sweep Over Nuggets

Steph Curry led Golden State in scoring four of five playoff games against Denver. But Poole’s contributions were equally remarkable. In the first three games of the series against the Nuggets, the former Michigan Wolverines star averaged 29 points, five assists, on 67% shooting, 60% on three and 82% on the charity strip. Draymond Green noticed his abilities.

“He’s been our No. 1 option,” Green said. “The facts…and you know I don’t like Michigan at all.”
“You’re talking about a guy who was third-team All-G League last year, was our No. 1 option in the playoffs. The way he plays, he’s earned the trust of all the members. of the team, he has earned the trust of Coach Kerr and he has earned the fear of everyone else.

Poole’s playoff release party has enthusiastic tweeters calling him “Steph Jr.” Kerr brought Curry off the bench in Denver’s first four games of the series while Poole and Thompson started in the backcourt. Poole averaged 21 points, five assists and four rebounds per game on 54% shooting, including 43% on three in the series. Poole, Curry, Thompson, Wiggins and Green look like the ‘death lineup’, made famous when Kevin Durant was in the Bay Area from 2016-2019

Poole earns respect across the league

In a recent appearance on “The Colin Cowherd Podcast”Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard has opened up about his interactions with Poole since the rising star entered the league in 2019.

Poole’s scoring average went from 8.8 ppg to 12 ppg at the 18.5 ppg clip he posted this season.

Lillard says that at first Poole was just a chatterbox who mostly rode off the bench and inspired Lillard to big performances like the 60-point gem he snagged at Golden State. Slowly the 22-year-old’s game began to put him on Lillard’s respect radar

“As I started to pay more attention to him,” Lillard told Cowherd, “I started to notice, ‘Oh, he actually has something going for him. “”

The Warriors might not be able to afford Poole

Poodle’s play has put the Warriors in a precarious position when it comes to their team’s salary cap. With Curry, Klay, Wiggins and Draymond all getting their share, Poole’s extension may mean one of the vets goes unpaid. The obvious choice is Wiggins, who is expected to rake in over $33 million in the final year of his contract. Poole’s play would soften the blow of losing Wiggins, which is almost a certainty. Wiggins is unlikely to give the team a discount.

General manager Bob Myers will look to lock Poole in with a four-year, $80 million extension this summer. Poole, however, might be willing to not sing it and bet on himself. If he does, the Warriors would be stranded and would likely have to rely on Kuminga’s development as they won’t be able to afford Poole more than that.

No matter how it goes, Jordan Poole has caused a stir and his hard-hitting game is going to lead to a huge payday. Not bad for a guy who was just in the G-League.


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