Warriors Head Coach Steve Kerr Praises Jordan Poole for Stepping up in Klay Thompson’s Absence

Published 10/07/2021, 8:54 AM EDT
Golden State Warriors guard Jordan Poole


Golden State Warriors’ head coach Stephen Kerr reserved high praise for Jordan Poole on Wednesday night. Jordan Poole, who plays for the Golden State Warriors under coach Stephen Kerr, started the franchise’s second preseason game. The 22-year-old Poole is an emerging NBA star who Warriors fans hype as having elite potential. NBA teams are currently training at their respective training camps alongside playing pre-season games in anticipation of the upcoming 2021-22 NBA season.

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When questioned about Jordan Poole, Steve Kerr asserted Poole would keep his spot, considering his excellent performances. Anthony Slater, a reporter who covers Warriors and the NBA for ‘The Athletic’, tweeted about Kerr’s reply. Kerr was asked about Poole filling the shooting guard spot in the absence of Klay Thompson. Thompson is currently recuperating from a torn right Achilles and torn left ACL.

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Steve Kerr has expressed his confidence in Jordan Poole by starting him through two pre-season games for the Warriors. The former first-round pick has received praise from the fans and media alike. Poole has proved that he can step up in times of need and that hasn’t gone unnoticed.

Poole scored 30 points in the Warriors’ pre-season opener against the Portland Trail Blazers. The 22-year-old guard stepped it up once again against the Denver Nuggets. Poole scored 17 points against the Nuggets. Poole scored 15 points, matched with nine rebounds, in 18 minutes.

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Can Poole and the Warriors contend for the NBA championship?

The Warriors front office seems to be building a young core group of players. The Warriors bringing in James Wiseman, Moses Moody, among others, illustrated this strategy. But they could have improved on this as their established superstars in Steph CurryKlay Thompson and Draymond Green get older and more prone to injuries.

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January 25, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Jordan Poole (left) celebrates with guard Stephen Curry (right) against the Minnesota Timberwolves during the fourth quarter at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The Warriors can achieve a decent season only if they manage their older players’ minutes wisely. Currently, Steph Curry is their strongest shooter with 32.0 points per game last season. With Klay on the sidelines for the time being, Jordan Poole and other younger stars will have to step up for the Warriors.

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Shalom Saldanha

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Shalom Saldanha is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his journalism degree, he has previously worked as a sports corresspondent for India Shorts/Business Upturn. A Giannis Antetokounmpo and Bucks fan, Shalom primarily got into the sport after discovering that he shared a mutual love for Arsenal with the Greek Freak.

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