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Asking DNHQ: How concerned are you by Jordan Poole's turnovers?
We all love a good Poole Party, but costly mistakes have made for party fouls
Jordan Poole has been one of the interesting storylines to track this season. Last year he appeared to cement himself as an All-Star in the making, dazzling throughout the regular season before putting up some riveting performances in the playoffs.
In 22 postseason games (5 as a starter) Poole averaged 17 PPG on 50% shooting from the field (39% from deep). He also shot 91% from the free throw line and only averaged 2.4 turnovers per contest in 27.5 minutes per game.
Understandably, Dub Nation and the Warriors were aware that in order to keep this electric scorer they’d have to pay him a handsome extension. The 2019 first round pick did indeed get paid in the offseason, securing a hefty four year, $123 million dollar contract.
And after footage leaked of Draymond Green delivering a Mike Tyson Punch Out blow to Poole in practice, Poole became a sympathetic figure, a bright young man just looking to help the Warriors win another championship.
40 games later, I’m wondering if the fan base’s patience is wearing thin with that young man. He’s averaging a career high 20.6 PPG, but his shooting percentages have fallen. He’s shooting 42.6% from the field and a very suspect 30% from 3PT range, his lowest percentages since his rough rookie year.
He’s also averaging 3.6 turnovers per game, good enough to be in the top-10 in the NBA for coughing up the ball, per Stat Head:
Now, that’s not the WORST list to be a part of, considering there’s four MVP’s on there. It goes to reason that the more ballhandling and scoring responsibilities a player has, the higher chance that attacking defenses will force mistakes. But if we take a look at the top players in assists, Poole’s 4.4 dimes per game drops him down to 24th, ranked behind Joel Embiid.
Funny enough, if we change the table sorting from “per game” to “total”, Poole actually leads the entire NBA in turnovers.
But his championship winning coach and teammates are preaching patience.
How do you feel about Poole right now folks? Is he a turnover machine that can’t be trusted? Or is he a guy you want with the ball in his hands to help lead the Warriors to another championship?
I’m personally rocking with Poole 100%, and I believe as he continues to get reps he’ll get a handle on that handle.