Golden State Warriors got numerous criticism for selecting Jordan Poole within the 2019 Draft, some called it the ‘worst pick in NBA Draft History’
The 2016-2019 Golden State Warriors were who the Heatles thought they’d be. A team with an amazing leader guard, who added a superstar player, to sit down atop the whole league. With Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green already establishing a culture, Kevin Durant walked in and immediately brought results.
The Warriors won one chip without KD, and since his arrival, they won two chips in three years(injuries prevented the primary three-peat because the Kobe-Shaq Lakers). Nonetheless, the summer of 2019 was a time of uncertainty for them. Kevin Durant was injured and took his talents to Brooklyn. Klay Thompson got injured, and so they signed him on a max deal.
With a first-round pick within the Draft, the Warriors were looking to accumulate someone who could make an impact soon. With the twenty eighth pick within the Draft, they chose Jordan Poole.
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Jordan Poole had people rooting against him since he got drafted
When the Warriors drafted JP, they already had two solid starting guards in Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. Coming out of the University of Michigan, Poole’s game was claimed to be a ‘one-directional shooter’ who lacked size and defense. In his rookie season, every team was out to get the weakened Warriors and take out their pent-up frustration. Jordan Poole averaged 8.8 points on 27.9% shooting from the deep.
Poole was sent to the G-League multiple times, but he never stopped working. In his sophomore season, he began showing brilliance while Steph torched the NBA. Fast-forward to the 2021-22 season, JP shot up his averages to 18.5 points, 4 assists, and three.4 rebounds while playing alongside among the finest backcourt duos in NBA history.
In his first ever playoffs, Poole put up 17 points and three.8 assists while shooting 39.1% from the deep.
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Poole went from being called the ‘worst pick within the draft’ to becoming a key player on a championship team in 3 seasons. I suppose those reporters can be biting their tongues now.