The Golden State Warriors have been searching for that third competent scoring option since the departure of Kevin Durant in 2019.
Andrew Wiggins, who they were able to get in a trade for D’Angelo Russell, helps, but even the All-Star Game starter isn’t necessarily the playmaker Golden State needs. They’ve been able to fill that void with third-year guard Jordan Poole.
Jordan Poole has been dominant over the last month, and it’s been exactly what the Golden State Warriors have needed to continue their success.
Over the last 30 days, Poole has scored 20 or more points in every game for the Warriors. He averaged 25.4 points per game in the month of March and then put up 31 against the Jazz in a crucial home victory on Saturday.
It wasn’t just that Poole has been cooking teams with his shiftiness and shooting, but it’s about how he’s been playing increasingly efficiently. Poole shot 44.4% from deep in March, knocking down 4.2 triples per game. He shot 49.5% from the field.
Had you mentioned those types of numbers during Poole’s rookie season, in which efficiency seemed like just a dream, most would have called you crazy, but he’s growing into a full-on splash brother.
Poole went from 28% as a rookie to 35% during his second season and is now at 36%. While there’s still improvement to be had, Poole’s clearly got the work ethic to make himself one of the best guards in the NBA.
The Warriors beat the Jazz on Saturday night largely because of Poole’s impact. This was his fifth 30-point game in the last 30 days. Poole’s been incredibly important for the Warriors and is already looking like one of their best late first-round picks in team history.
With two-time MVP Stephen Curry set to come back at the start of the playoffs, the Dubs are going to need Poole to be at the top of his game in order for the team to have high-level success, especially if Curry isn’t at 100%.
Nonetheless, his increased efficiency and top-tier scoring has been huge as of late, and the Warriors are going to need it to win at the league’s highest level. Poole is that good, and he’s proving he can be a true star.
Hopefully that continues into the last few weeks and then into the postseason for the 6-foot-4 22-year-old guard.