The Golden State Warriors lost Kevin Durant this offseason, but aside from KD, they also parted ways with former second-round pick, center Jordan Bell.
Just a year after fans raved about how the Golden State Warriors were geniuses in the buying of Jordan Bell’s draft rights, the young center is off the team. Bell is now a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves.
However, he didn’t leave all that he learned in Golden State behind. Bell understood the rarity of being able to play on a team like this, and he noted, along with the impact of Draymond Green, that upon his arrival in Minnesota.
The Timberwolves tweeted out a portion of Bell’s statement after the team’s introductory press conference. That said, here’s how Bell phrased what he can take away from the Golden State Warriors.
“The main thing that I’m bringing here is how to win and taking what I learned in Golden State…specifically mentions Draymond Green as someone he learned a lot of from during his time with the Warriors.”
This is significant for many reasons.
One of which is there’s clearly no hard feelings between Bell and the Warriors. While that was never a story, when players switch teams, the ties can sometimes be severed. That wasn’t the case with Bell and the Dubs.
Secondly, it shows Bell’s understanding of the game. He knows the role of Draymond Green and how important his efficiency is to the organization. That’s why he went out of the way to mention Green as a mentor of his.
Bell’s two seasons in the Bay, two which he’ll likely never forget, came with both highs and lows. It wasn’t the easiest route for Bell after coming out of Oregon his junior season. He wasn’t polished offensively and he needed much development before he could be trusted with big-time minutes.
In Golden State, he got what he needed.
Likely to be a long-term NBA player, Bell thrived because of the Warriors and the Warriors were, in turn, helped by the contributions of Bell.