“I can’t reveal too much.” Jordan Poole smiled and answered my question (the content of the recent training), he only said that he scored 30 and 29 points in the first two games of the first round of the playoffs. The “delayed gratification” ushered in by the hard work of the first two seasons.
“You just have to have a conversation with yourself about how to get better and what you can do.” Poole, a third grader this year, shared his experience: “Once you find the answer, stick with it, and figure out a way to improve. correct.”
It might be too early to call Poole the third spray brother, but in the final weeks of the regular season and even in the playoffs against the Nuggets, he was exactly what the Warriors wanted. Individuals—maybe until the title is won, the title can be officially crowned. Poole averaged 25.4 points, 5.5 assists and only 3 turnovers in the last 20 games of the regular season, capping off a career that has grown by leaps and bounds. In addition to the data, the most powerful proof is that Steph Curry voluntarily started as a substitute in the playoffs, allowing Poole to continue to play a starting role. At only 22 years old, he has already demonstrated many “Spray Brothers” skills. His talent Even the top stars are happy to share the spotlight.
The Warriors drafted Poole from the University of Michigan with the 28th overall pick in the 2019 first round when other teams dropped him there because of his inconsistent shooting selection and defense. Warriors assistant coach Bruce Fraser said: “He’s a potential ‘mustang’, and our ace Steph has that quality.”
If you think many of Poole’s moves are a bit like “Splash Brothers”, don’t doubt that he is really stealing these two top shooters! The Warriors also assigned him to do these complex tasks of moving off the ball, running over screens, and positioning the shot after handing over; however, he did a good job. According to statistics, his perimeter shooting percentage off the ball this season is as high as 39.8%! “I have the honor to watch Steph and Klay train every day, and watch videos with these masters. They are really first-class masters, so I just follow them.”
Fraser recalls that earlier this season, Poole made a season of off-ball 3-pointers in “splash” mode: he sent the ball to 6-foot-9 Nemanja Bjelica — with diminutive Chris Paul guarding him in the post, and then he Getting to the rim, grabbing the attention of Deandre Ayton and Jae Crowder, then quickly bypassing Bjelica’s screen and getting out of Crowder’s watch: “It’s typical Warriors mode, Jordan shoots and Draymond (or The center forward with the ball) is responsible for delivering the ball at the right moment.”
Poole can get the ball off the dribble like the Splash Brothers; but what’s even more amazing is that he can shoot off the dribble like Steph – of course he’s not quite Steph’s Crazy Hall of Fame accuracy, but nearly 35 percent of the perimeter shots, including plenty of matched stepbacks, sidesteps, and pull-ups, is impressive enough.
“I still have a long way to go, and I’m surrounded by a group of great players, and their greatness lies in those great things. They don’t stop, they keep training, training, training…” Poole said. “It’s about how to achieve the perpetual desire, take a moment to reflect on your own inadequacies, and step on the gas to continue to train hard.”
In the first two years of Poole’s career, he didn’t have many opportunities to observe the seniors of the great gods. The first year of the season was interrupted by the epidemic; in the second year, he mainly played in Santa Cruz, the G-League affiliated team of the Warriors; and until 2022, Thompson has both been recovering from the sidelines, and Curry and Draymond Green have each been sidelined for a while. Poole has plenty of opportunity to play when Big Brother isn’t on the court—both in Santa Cruz and the NBA, but he’s also shot more than 16 times in 108 NBA games over the past two years. Only 8 games. This season, the responsibility has suddenly increased on Poole’s shoulders. He has taken more than 16 shots in a third of his 76 total games, but he can still find perfection in himself and his team’s style of play. balance.
This may be the most valuable lesson Poole has learned from his superstar teammates (and, of course, veterans like Andre Iguodala), and he will have his own moments in the future, but in the Warriors system, passing the ball. , movement and defense are the more important foundations of leading to success, Poole is not only limited to the role of scorer, he has a long way to become a qualified playmaker.