Jordan Poole’s biggest transformation that surprised Warriors … and it’s not his scoring
Golden State Warriors assistant coach Mike Brown has lauded Jordan Poole for his seemingly unbelievable improvement in defense.
There has been a lot of unraveling going on in the Warriors squad early in the season with Jordan Poole arguably topping the list.
In the Dubs’ first three games, Poole displayed his scoring ability, having recorded an impressive 17 points per outing. However, it is not his offensive tenacity that stunned Warriors’ assistant coach Mike Brown. Instead it was his remarkable defensive contributions.
“To Jordan’s credit — myself, Steve and the rest of the coaches, we’ve been calling him out the last four or five days in a positive way,” Brown said on “The Morning Roast” via NBC Sports. “I’ve been in the league almost 30 years. I don’t know if I’ve seen a guy improve defensively as much as Jordan has in a week’s time.”
“He’s going from just an OK defender to a very good one,” he added.
Warriors’ head coach Steve Kerr also noticed the same thing on Poole.
Based on Kerr’s assessment, Poole had played his “best defensive game” during Sunday’s win over the Sacramento Kings.
“Jordan Poole probably had his best defensive game,” Kerr said post-game via The Mercury News. “And he supplemented it with a really good offensive night too.”
To date, Poole has reached his peak as a defender, averaging a set of career highs 1.7 steals and 0.3 blocks per game. He is expected to put on another notable performance when the Warriors take on the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday.