December 4, 2022

How Jordan Poole saved the Warriors’ season

On Sunday, the Warriors announced they were committing more than $100 million to Jordan Poole over the…

On Sunday, the Warriors announced they were committing more than $100 million to Jordan Poole over the next five seasons, tacking four years and $123 million—plus another $17 million in incentives—onto the back of his current deal.

A thank-you card should come with it.

The Warriors’ season isn’t a minute old and already Poole has saved it. Not salvaged it. Saved it. Not through his production, though Golden State can surely count on that. Poole was one of the breakout stars of last season, averaging 18.5 points, completing the climb from late first-round pick to G Leaguer to budding NBA star. With Klay Thompson healthy, Poole has already emerged as a favorite to win the NBA’s Sixth Man Award. SI Sportsbook has him at +450.