If the Golden State Warriors can get meaningful contributions from their young players next season, it will be a huge boost to the team’s championship chances. One of those players is Jordan Poole.
General manager Bob Myers has a few assets in his toolkit that he can use to add some veteran pieces around the championship core of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. With virtually no flexibility in free agency, the Dubs will only have their mid-level exception to add established pieces, so it would be a big win if a player like Poole can take a step in his development.
Fansided’s Nathan Bieghle broke down the end of Poole’s season, and how it could be a good indication going into next year:
“Poole averaged 14.3 points per game during his last 13 games. The bigger difference is the fact that he shot 47% from the field and 31% from downtown. He also neared four assists per game. Poole seemed like a completely different player.”
The 21-year-old ranked fifth on the Warriors in net rating among players who suited up for at least 40 games. The Dubs were 2.8 points better per 100 defensive possessions with Poole on the court, and overall, Golden State had a positive net rating of 1.1 with him in the game.
Poole will need to work on his shot selection. He took a decent number of shots from between 16 feet and the 3-point line, converting at just 27.9%, per Basketball Reference. He also shot more 3-pointers from the left corner than the right corner, but he only made 27.3% on the left side.
Confidence is a big thing for Poole. He seemed deflated after struggling early in the season, before a three-game stint in the G League — where he tore it up, averaging 26 points, 6.3 rebounds, 5.7 assists and 1.7 steals in 35 minutes per game. A month after being recalled to the Dubs, Poole went on a stretch of scoring in double-digits in 12 out of 13 games.
If he can be the eighth or ninth man in the rotation, and be a consistent scoring threat, Myers can focus on addressing other needs, such as acquiring a wing defender and a big man.
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On to some links:
With Giannis Antetokounmpo being eligible for a supermax contract at the conclusion of the season, the Greek Freak watch will officially begin. NBC Bay Area’s Dalton Johnson looks at Milwaukee Bucks’ GM John Horst’s comments about “not being worried,” on where Giannis could end up.
Green looked tired, and bored at times during the 2019-20 season. One former NBA big man gave Draymond a terrible grade for his performance, and didn’t hold back in sharing why. (NBC Bay Area)
With only the mid-level exception to work with, the Dubs will have shop wisely during free agency. Fansided’s Tony Pesta looks at three options who could be steals for the Warriors when the offseason begins.