It wasn’t that long ago Warriors guard Jordan Poole looked like a bust. A first-round pick wasted.
But Poole kept working on his game, and when he got his chance, he capitalized. Called up from the G-League a bit earlier than scheduled, on March 1, Poole has dusted the “bust” label in a month’s time.
Look at his scoring average and shooting percentages in March, courtesy of the Warriors’ official Twitter account. And check out a slick layup from the Michigan product, while you’re at it.
It’s hard to say what’s most impressive. The 49 percent shooting is possibly my favorite of the three stats. Poole shot just 33 percent a year ago. But then there’s the 3-point shooting. He’s almost at 40 percent after shooting a ghastly 28 percent from distance as a rookie.
It added up to a healthy 18.5 points per game average. He filled in for previously-injured superstar Stephen Curry and didn’t wilt under the pressure, though he had his struggles, as the rest of the team did without Curry.
But what a difference a year makes. Just imagine Poole and fellow young buck, center James Wiseman, improving further as the years go on, helping Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson as they chase another championship.
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