While Steph Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson are the Warriors’ key players, Jordan Poole is quickly emerging as one of their biggest changemakers.
Last season in 51 games, he averaged 18.5 points, 4 assists and 3.4 rebounds per game on 44% shooting.
And while many in the NBA community have praised Poole for his rise, many are wondering what motivates him most. Apparently, according to his former teammate Nico Mannion, it’s actually the villains in the stands who do his best.
“I was actually on the phone with him the other day and I had seen a video saying Jordan Poole was acting like he was trying to steal your girl! And I told him that and he said, ‘Yeah, that’s the point.’ They get there with you and they go with me and he just started laughing.”
Jordan Poole’s connection to courtside women dates back to a video released a while back. In the clip, which is set in a game against the Celtics, Poole is caught walking off after catching the eye of a certain person sitting on the sidelines.
Since then, it’s been something of a joke that Poole is only at his best in the eyes of an attractive woman. It’s a funny little story, but not entirely true.
No matter who he’s facing, Poole always tries to bring his best on the pitch and his consistency is a testament to his ability to make a huge impact in every single game.
Jordan Poole’s future with the Warriors is in the stars
The question is how long will he stay with the Warriors? With her luxury tax bill at an all-time high, it’s going to be expensive to keep Poole long-term and the front office will soon have some really tough decisions to make.
“We have time to do these things,” said Warirors owner Joe Lacob. “There’s no rush to all this. I’m sure there will be some discussions this summer but we haven’t spoken to them yet. They are two great players in their 20s. We’d love to keep them but that becomes a problem in the future when you have a team like ours where you have three people who have been with us a long time, make a lot of money, huge salaries: Steph, Klay and Draymond. You have these two guys who are going to get in, well, Wiggins is already in big pay mode and wants to stay there. And Poole will definitely make a lot more money.”
At this point it’s too early to say how much Jordan Poole will improve from last season. But if he makes a sizeable leap, it could put him in All-Star territory.
Either way, he’ll be ready for the upcoming grind and will make sure to keep an eye out for interesting-looking people along the way.