How Warriors GM Myers was wrong about Poole this season


Warriors president of basketball operations Bob Myers held his end-of-season media availability Monday.

And during his answer regarding a question about James Wiseman's development, Myers said something interesting about Jordan Poole.

"It's hard to predict. I was wrong. I didn't know Jordan would help us as much as he did this last year," the two-time NBA Executive of the Year said.

It's hard to blame Myers for feeling this way, when you consider the fact that Poole back on Feb. 22 recorded eight points (2-for-7 from the field) and four turnovers for the Santa Cruz Warriors in the G League bubble.

Absolutely nobody at that time would have predicted that the No. 28 overall pick from the 2019 draft would average 21.8 points on 56.5 percent shooting over Golden State's final five games.

Poole also made some big shots in the play-in tournament losses to the Los Angeles Lakers and Memphis Grizzlies.

And the 21-year-old improved dramatically on his shot-making inside the arc.

Steve Kerr already is visualizing Poole's role in 2021-22.

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"He gets places most players can't get to. He's so much more than just a shooter. He's very dynamic. If we have Klay [Thompson] healthy, it's really fun to think about Jordan and Klay in those minutes when Steph [Curry] and Draymond [Green] are off the floor. That's exciting.

"Maybe Jordan, Andrew [Wiggins] and Klay together -- three guys who can score in different ways. Now you're talking about some firepower."

That is exciting to think about, and yours truly cannot wait for next season.

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