Many considered the Warriors’ draft-day acquisition of Jordan Bell a steal. It’s incredible that a championship team could add Bell, a defensive stud, for nothing but cash considerations
On the flip side, the Bulls had no business dealing Bell for cash. Chicago could have held on to Bell or simply drafted anybody else they liked with the 38th pick. One of the worst teams in the league, the Bulls gave up a valuable asset for nothing.
Bell has played well in limited minutes this season, but there are so many bigs on the roster it’s been tough for him to see the court. Zaza Pachulia and David West are locks to play minutes, and Kevon Looney has been playing so well it’s difficult to keep him off the floor. Add in JaVale McGee and a few minutes of Draymond Green at center, and it’s easy to see why Bell hasn’t had much playing time.
With Draymond Green out for rest, Steve Kerr surprisingly started Jordan Bell against the Bulls. But Bell knew days ago he would start against the team that drafted him, and began his plan for revenge early.
Jordan Bell said Steve Kerr told him Wednesday in OKC that he would start vs. Bulls but to keep it secret. What was his reaction? "At first I was thinking of all types of things to troll the other team."— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) November 25, 2017
When Bell was introduced in the starting lineup, he gestured at the cash (3.5 million dollars!) that Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf must be enjoying right now.
Jordan Bell confirms he rubbed it into the Bulls during starting lineup intros by rubbing hands together like money: “I wanted to see how cash considerations was doing over there.”— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) November 25, 2017
Bell finished the game with seven points, six rebounds, four assists, two steals, and six blocks. Few players in the league, let alone rookies, can compile these stats. A rookie able to affect the game in so many ways is extremely promising.
All six of Jordan Bell's blocks last night pic.twitter.com/XvtMFSBv1h— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) November 25, 2017
Hopefully we will see more of Bell going forward. Learning from Draymond Green, Bell has the opportunity to become one of the best glue guys in the league. He’s a joy to watch, and a great fit on the Warriors.