While Warriors‘ stars Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson are not shooting to the best of their capabilities as of late, another scoring option needed to step up. Luckily for the Warriors, Jordan Poole is transforming into a budding star.
Poole has shot the ball incredibly well post All-Star break and has become a vital piece of the Warriors core.
The Golden State Warriors have been receiving much-needed, timely performances from third-year guard Jordan Poole.
Poole has been fantastic in March, averaging 23 points and 4.7 assists per game.
While shooting 58% from the field and 52.7% from three (seven games, prior to their matchup with the Wizards), Poole is becoming the third splash brother right before our very eyes, and his scoring production off the bench with be vital during the playoffs.
Opposing teams can no longer double-team Curry or Thompson because you can see what happens when Poole is left wide open. Having all three of these guys on the floor creates many offensive mismatches in favor of the Dubs.
The evolution of Poole throughout his career has been awesome to see. He was selected 28th overall by the Warriors back in 2019, and he spent the first few years of his career going back and forth between the G-League and NBA.
Now, as we can see clearly, he is turning into a future cornerstone piece of the Warriors franchise and the front office recognizes that with talks of a big contract extension in his future. Head coach Steve Kerr even mentioned how Poole has All-Star potential.
With the way the former Michigan product is trending, I would be surprised if Poole is not an All-Star sometime in the near future. He should even be getting consideration for Most Improved Player award.
He has improved by 4.9 points per game from last season along with career highs in assists, rebounds, field goal percentage, and three-point percentage, some important categories to be posting a career-high in.
During the first half of the year, while Thompson was out, Poole helped carry the offensive scoring load with Curry, and he is a big reason why the Warriors are sitting third in the West.
With Draymond Green back into the rotation, the Warriors will get their first look at their full roster for the last 14 games of the regular season. The possibility of a “death” lineup featuring Curry, Thompson, Poole, Wiggins, and Green has the potential to be dangerous in a playoff series.
Enjoy the emergence of Poole and let’s hope he can keep up his great play as the Warriors make a push for the number two seed in the West.