What’s Jordan Poole’s worth following breakout season?

What's Jordan Poole's worth following breakout season?

When Stephen Curry went down with a foot injury late in the regular season, Poole’s emergence helped keep the team afloat in the Western Conference race during a critical time. The scoring punch he provided during the playoffs made the Warriors’ backcourt that much harder to guard. And an argument can be made that without the threat of Poole on the perimeter and his dramatic rise in production, Golden State would not have won a championship last season.

Remember where he was coming from entering last season. Poole had the look of a fringe G League player over his first two seasons in the league, averaging just 10.3 points on 38% shooting in 20.9 minutes a night. But in 76 regular-season games in 2021-22, his production skyrocketed across the board, to 18.5 points in 30 minutes per game on 45% shooting. Over the final 12 games of the regular season without Curry in the lineup, Poole averaged 26 points, 4.8 rebounds and 5.9 assists per game. He also led the league in 3-pointers in March.

The progress Poole made last season can be summed up best by the comparisons he began to draw to Curry as the postseason drew closer. With the pressure he applied to opposing defenses off the bounce. The gravity he commanded as a shooter. And the creativity and confidence he showcased as a playmaker. Poole also wound up leading the league in free-throw percentage last season at 92.5%, narrowly edging Curry’s 92.3%.

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