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Steve Kerr admits to being shocked by Jordan Poole’s breakout season -“His rookie year, he was lost”

Kerr is right in saying that Poole earned his new deal, but he's going to have to continue to work hard, as the Warriors are counting on him to produce now
Steve Kerr admits to being shocked by Jordan Poole’s breakout season

Steve Kerr & Jordan Poole

The Golden State Warriors are set to kick off their 2022-23 campaign against the Los Angeles Lakers tonight, with their crew from their 2022 Finals championship still largely in place. One guy who contributed in a big way to the Warriors' title run last season was Jordan Poole, and he recently turned that into a new four-year deal that could be worth up to $140 million. Poole figures to continue to have a big role for Golden State this season, even amid his practice brawl incident with Draymond Green.

Poole's emergence for the Warriors has shocked head coach Steve Kerr

Poole put together a breakout campaign for the Warriors last season, and it couldn't have come at a better time. Stephen Curry was still his usual lights-out self, but Golden State needed someone to step up alongside him and help out on offense, especially while Klay Thompson still worked his way back to the court. Andrew Wiggins helped too, but Poole's emergence gave Golden State a lift they weren't expecting heading into the season.

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Poole's improved play was certainly surprising, so much so that it even caught head coach Steve Kerr off guard. Kerr recently opened up about Poole's development and said he was shocked to see Poole put everything together after struggling early in his career. It was an interesting response from Kerr, but it also shows how much work Poole has put in to improve his play early in his career.

Poole is going to have to continue to work hard for the Warriors

There are often incredible stories of NBA players defying the odds to make a name for themselves in the league, and Poole's story can join that list. He shot just 33.3 percent from the field during his rookie campaign and looked so bad that even his coach in Kerr was wondering whether or not he would be able to put all the pieces together.

Instead, Poole kept working on figuring things out and eventually made himself an invaluable piece of their team, to the point where he earned a massive, nine-figure deal from a team that is already well above the luxury tax threshold. Poole should continue to be one of the first people off the bench for Golden State after he averaged 18.5 points per game last season, and he could even take over for Thompson in the starting lineup if he continues to be inconsistent.

Poole has put in a lot of work to get to where he's at right now, but that can't stop just because he earned his new deal. The Warriors are counting on Poole to keep producing, and now that his skirmish with Green is in the rearview mirror, he should be able to do just that. Poole has shocked everyone, including Kerr, by becoming a strong player for Golden State, and he will look to continue to impress in his fourth season in the league.

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