Jordan Poole’s recall to Warriors is best chance to solidify NBA role

Why Poole’s recall is finest opportunity to strengthen Warriors future initially appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

Jordan Poole’s recall from the G League bubble to the Warriors will not be his last opportunity to take a function with Golden State, however it simply may be his finest one.

The 21-year-old, whom the Warriors prepared No. 28 total in 2019, likely has actually never ever been more positive, as he went into Monday as the G League’s second-leading scorer (22.4 points per video game on 45.1 percent shooting). Nor has he had a chance rather like this one, with the Warriors’ 2nd system almost weeping out for play-making and scoring as they attempt to climb up in the Western Conference standings.

Poole isn’t playing out the string in a lottery-bound season, nor is he being tossed to the wolves as a wide-eyed novice. The guard can offer a needed trigger off the bench as the Warriors have actually all of a sudden begun looking for one.

Golden State signed seasoned point player Brad Wanamaker to be Steph Curry’s main backup this offseason, mostly with defense in mind. Wanamaker has actually been a strong protector this season, and the Warriors’ 104.7 protective ranking in his 570 minutes is just behind Kent Bazemore (100.8) and Juan Toscano-Anderson (104.1) amongst the Warriors who have actually dipped into least 200 minutes this season.

On the other hand, Warriors’ 104.0 offending ranking with Wanamaker on the court is second-worst amongst that group, with Golden State just publishing a lower offending ranking in James Wiseman’s 495 minutes (102.1). Wanamaker himself is shooting a career-worst 35.5 percent from the field and 22.2 percent on 3-pointers, balancing simply 4.8 points per video game.

Poole has actually just made 31.9 percent of his triples in between the G League and NBA, and his G League assist-to-turnover ratio (0.82) is a far cry from Wanamaker’s (2.71) this season. However Poole can providing the Warriors’ 2nd system a various appearance as the main ball-handler.

The Warriors’ bench averaged 36.7 points per game in February, good enough for 11th in the league. Yet that was nearly three fewer points per game than January (39.6), and although the bench posted a collective net rating (1.3) that was nearly two points per 100 possessions worse than the previous month (3.2). With two games — on a back-to-back, no less — remaining before the All-Star break, now could be just the right time for coach Steve Kerr to see what a not-new-yet-still-improved Poole can bring to the 2nd system.

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Golden State president of basketball operations and general manager Bob Myers said last month Poole’s scoring and play-making are skills that are hard to find, and the guard has a unique chance to show the Warriors how valuable his are. Poole is the only reserve guard with a fully guaranteed contract for next season, and he can make a strong case for a higher place in the pecking order when Klay Thompson returns in 2021-22 and Golden State’s expectations rise accordingly.

In the meantime, the Warriors could use Poole off the bench right now. He can help Golden State solidify itself as a playoff contender while solidifying his future. Poole’s first 2 seasons with the Warriors have been characterized by slow progress, and he has a real opportunity to accelerate his advancement.

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.