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Preview: Warriors welcome Poole’s Wizards to Chase Center

POOLE PARTY IS BACK IN THE BAY!

2022 Golden State Warriors Victory Parade & Rally Photo by Josh Leung/NBAE via Getty Images

The Golden State Warriors are surviving in the absence of their future Hall-of-Famer Draymond Green, winning three straight games after three losses. They just stunned the Boston Celtics in Chase Center, a team vying for the best record in the NBA. Now they turn their attention to the Washington Wizards, a team struggling to the second worst record in the NBA.

But it’s time to ring the alarm, because we are about to witness the return of JORDAN FREAKIN’ POOLE! STAND UP AND CLAP YOUR HANDS DUB NATION!

Golden State Warriors vs Washington Wizards

December 22nd, 2023 | 7:00 PM PT

Watch: ESPN, NBC Sports Bay Area

Listen: 95.7 The Game

I’m not gonna lie, I’ve been absolutely hoping that Poole would go to the nation’s capital and lay the smackdown on the East. I’ve been watching his pro career since he was flying around the court in summer league his rookie year back in 2019. I watched him develop from a guy who asked for time in the G-League to becoming the ultimate Stephen Curry apprentice, becoming a major part of the 2022 championship team.

Then he was a victim of basketball abuse when his teammate Draymond Green socked him in practice, then he got paid, and then he was a scapegoat for Golden State’s second round flameout in the playoffs last year. He was eventually traded to the Washington Wizards for Chris Paul in a shocker. I wrote extensively about his up-and-down season for Dub Nation HQ after the exit, punctuated by this quote:

So here’s where how you look at Poole’s season can reveal a bit of how much of an optimist or pessimist your basketball outlook is. A 23-year old capable of major scoring outbursts and getting to the free throw line is pretty amazing right? Especially when you have him locked up for four year extension, eh?

But in the postseason Poole’s offensive struggles were a major departure from how well he played in the previous year’s championship run. And his defense was especially under the spotlight as he repeatedly got cooked on the way to elimination.

...apparently chemistry issues underlined the end of his tenure with the team. According to a report from Logan Murdock, Thompson thought Poole shot too much, and JP didn’t really have allies on the team besides Andrew Wiggins and Kevon Looney??

For those eagerly awaiting Poole taking the spotlight as the de facto best player and former champion, he’s been having some issues. He’s averaging 17.4 points per game, his lowest since his sophomore year as a Dub. He’s also shooting 41.6% from the field, 32.5% from beyond the arc. Both numbers are his lowest since his rookie year with Golden State.

But hey, if you gotta sacrifice some numbers for winning, it’s all good, right? And the Wizards are *checks notes* 5-22 on the season...oh no. And here we were all worried about Golden State’s abysmal 13-14 start to the season! Here’s some of Poole’s growing pains as a leader in D.C.

BEHOLD!

Poll

Who ya got, Warriors or Wizards?

This poll is closed

  • 92%
    Warriors, they won’t lose to Poole
    (149 votes)
  • 7%
    Wiz, it’s Poole’s time!!!
    (12 votes)
161 votes total Vote Now

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