Jordan Bell was blessed with a pretty ideal situation for a second-round pick who clearly needed a lot of development coming out of college, especially on the offensive end. Not only was he drafted to the NBA's best team, who subsequently added Kevin Durant 12 days later, but he also became a teammate to one of the league's most heralded competitors in Draymond Green.
Bell left Golden State this summer to sign a guaranteed contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves, but as he was introduced in Minneapolis on Tuesday, he made sure to reflect on all he learned in his two seasons with the Warriors.
Bell: The main thing that I'm bringing here is how to win and taking what I learned in Golden State...specifically mentions Draymond Green as someone he learned a lot of from during his time with the Warriors. #Twolves— Timberwolves PR (@Twolves_PR) July 23, 2019
Bell averaged 3.9 points and 3.1 rebounds while making 16 starts over two seasons with the Warriors. In what was a complete offseason overhaul, Bell was one of the team's cap casualties along with Andre Iguodala, Shaun Livingston, and Quinn Cook as Warriors general manager Bob Myers had to execute a sign-and-trade with the Brooklyn Nets for D'Angelo Russell to complete Kevin Durant's departure.
Draymond's game also appears to be serving as a model for what Bell hopes his role can be with Minnesota in the upcoming season.
"So I think if I have that same mentality like Draymond," Bell told the Pioneer Press, "just make everybody around me better, bring that intensity every single day, be the vocal guy every single day, every play talking, being a dog on the floor every single time, being the toughest (guy) on the floor. I think that's going to help me be very successful."
Despite his short tenure in the Bay, Bell made sure to thank the organization and its fans on his way out through his Instagram account.