Question: Can Jordan Poole be the backup point guard of a contender?
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It’s tough to figure out who Jordan Poole is. Drafted as a gunner, to serve as a steady Nick Young, he was thrown into the fire as a starter after everyone else was injured. He then had one of the worst shooting stretches in NBA history along with scattered defense. After some reset time, he came back as a backup point guard, showing some poise, creativity and court vision. His shot still seems missing but one figures that’s a matter of time before it comes back at at least an average quality.
The aggregate stats, naturally, are ugly. ESPN RPM rates him as #122 out of 137 SGs with offensive RPM of -1.44 and defensive RPM of -0.29.
Basic and Advanced Stats from BBRef:
Overview from Cleaning the Glass:
Really grim stuff. So, how is Dub Nation feeling about Jordan Poole and his role next year?
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He's got to be able to be an average or better 3P% shooter. If that piece is there, I think he's got the IQ, the confidence and will compete enough on D to be a good player. Whether that's as backup PG, or combo guard doesn't really matter.
The simple answer is NO. The reasons are what many of the posters have been giving, he is not a PG, and there are many areas of his game that need development. The only reason he got so many minutes was because of injuries and the lack of bodies to put a uniform on. Hell, you could ask any player to stand in at pg, but we need someone who understands the game, executes, and has a track record, college or NBA, that is worthy of backing up a player like Curry. If Curry gets injured again, then what??
Center and PG will be two prime spots the Warriors will hunt for. Let Poole play in the gleague, get coaching and confidence, and also a decent haircut. It can do wonders for a player.