Jordan Poole was the Warriors’ first-round draft pick last year, but second-round pick Eric Paschall stole the headlines with his impressive play.
That doesn’t mean Poole didn’t offer glimpses of his potential.
As Twitter user @HoodieCurry pointed out, Poole put up a nice stat line over his final 13 games before the 2019-20 NBA season was suspended in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Jordan Poole’s last 13 games before the season got suspended
14.3 PTS2.5 REB3.9 AST47.2% FG31.0% 3PT
He’s more promising than y’all think pic.twitter.com/KEaG04l04X
— Jαყ💎 (@HoodieCurry) June 29, 2020
So, how do Poole’s numbers during that span compare to other top 2019-20 rookies? We’re glad you asked.
Here are the averages over their last 13 games for Poole, Paschall and the four highest-scoring rookies this season:
Zion Williamson, New Orleans Pelicans — 25.5 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.4 assists; 57.9 FG percentageJa Morant, Memphis Grizzlies — 18.6 points, 4.1 rebounds, 6.8 assists; 47.6 FG percentageRJ Barrett, New York Knicks — 16.2 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.8 assists; 43.6 FG percentageRui Hachimura, Washington Wizards — 12.3 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.2 assists; 45.8 FG percentagePaschall, Warriors — 15.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists; 54.3 FG percentagePoole, Warriors — 14.3 points, 2.5 rebounds, 3.9 assists; 47.2 FG percentage
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Poole held his own against some of the best young players in the NBA. During that 13-game stretch, Poole scored double figures on 12 occasions.
It took Poole a while to find his footing in the NBA. From opening night through Dec. 23, the No. 28 overall draft pick averaged 7.1 points and 1.8 assists in 29 games. The Warriors eventually sent him to G League to build his confidence.
In three games with the Santa Cruz Warriors, Poole averaged 26.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 5.3 assists, impressing coach Steve Kerr with his play.
“It was good to see him play a lot of minutes, get the confidence going in his shot,” Kerr told reporters in Minnesota on Jan. 2. “It’s a big part of sending him there — to let him play and just let him feel the game. So I think that part’s been good.
“Right now, they’ve had the last two days practicing and they play again tomorrow. We wanted him to get practice time as well.”
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Poole isn’t on the level of Williamson or Morant, but his numbers down the stretch are still noteworthy.
With the 2020-21 NBA season not beginning until December at the earliest, Poole will go nine months between competitive games. But the Warriors should be encouraged by how the former Michigan Wolverine finished his rookie season.
How Jordan Poole’s last 13 Warriors games compare to top NBA rookies originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area