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Warriors Profile: First Round Pick Jordan Poole

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    Warriors Profile: First round pick Jordan Poole

    The Golden State showed faith in Jordan Poole last month, drafting him 28th overall in the 2019 NBA draft. 

    Poole has all the tools to be a rotation player, but the same question the followed him throughout his college career: Can he put it all together?

    For now, take a look at Poole's latest player profile. 

    Contract: 2 year / $4,028,040 (with options for the 2021-22, 2022-23 seasons. 

    Last season: Poole averaged 12.8 points per game during his sophomore season at Michigan. The 20-year old displayed an effective scoring ability, finishing with 15 or more points in 16 games, including a 26 point performance in a win over South Carolina. Additionally, he shot 37 percent from 3-point range, averaging two 3-pointers per game. 

    Still, some observers were surprised when Poole declared for the 2019 NBA draft and curious when the projected second-rounder was selected with the 28th pick.  While the guard showed promise as a scorer, his defense lagged, often getting caught on screens and surrendering backdoor passes. 

    Outlook: With Andre Iguodala, Shaun Livingston and Kevin Durant gone, Warriors coach Steve Kerr will prioritize a youth movement to help offset the mileage of Draymond Green, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, opening the door for Poole to get an opportunity. 

    In Vegas Summer League, Poole showed promise towards that goal, averaging 17.8 points, including a 12-point performance against Denver, helping Golden State overcome a 17-point deficit to beat the Nuggets 73-69 in their final preliminary round game.

    Poole also showed an ability to make plays, throwing a variety of behind-the-back passes, often getting teammates involved in the offense. If Poole can continue his upward offensive trajectory, he can compete for minutes on the floor.