Warriors guard Jordan Poole hit a career milestone on Thursday, one that seemed unlikely a season ago. He scored his 1,000th career point in Golden State’s 118-97 win against the Thunder at Chase Center, though when he was a rookie, it appeared to many he might not be fit for the NBA.
During Poole’s rookie season in 2020, his shot selection was unbelievably awful (it’s still suspect at times), and he shot a ghastly 28 percent from 3-point range. Poole appeared to be pressing the issue and trying way too hard to succeed.
But he’s found a role on the Warriors in his second season. Here’s point No. 1,000 for Poole, courtesy of the Warriors’ official Twitter account.
A bank shot? Unexpected, but nice.
Poole’s teammates consistently say that the young guard is one of the hardest working players on the team. His work ethic and a temporary demotion to the G-League early in the season straightened him out, and he’s letting the game come to him more and more.
As Golden State attempts to build role players around its high-priced talent, Poole fits the bill, especially if he keeps improving. He shoots 50 percent from the field now, including 34 percent from 3-point range. That’s definitely something to build on, just like his 1,000 points.
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