Steve Kerr envisions Jordan Poole in Sixth Man role next season

He’s visualizing possibilities for the Sixth Man role and is considering Jordan Poole, who on Friday night scored career-high 38 points, including a driving layup for the decisive basket, in a 125-122 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans at Chase Center. “He’s really explosive, as you saw tonight and as you’ve seen over the last couple months,” Kerr said of the second-year guard from the University of Michigan. “As we look ahead, I think he’s going to be a Sixth Man. He’s really capable of getting 20 any night. It’s so great to have scoring off the bench. “As we look to next year and beyond, getting Klay (Thompson) back, Jordan would be a really good candidate for Sixth Man, a guy who can come in and give you points when the starters are on the bench.”
Though it has been speculated that the Warriors would consider re-signing Kelly Oubre Jr. and steering him toward that role, the impending free agent has expressed little enthusiasm about coming off the bench. Poole, who turns 22 next month, seems ready to embrace such an opportunity. “Be ready to step up for wherever I’m needed,” he said. “The plan is to be at full health next year, bringing Klay back to an already talented team. If that is something that makes us more powerful, stronger, a better team, I’m all for it, whether it’s coming off the bench or whatever the situation is, I’ll make sure to be ready.”
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Jordan Poole erupted for a career-high 38 points in Friday’s 125-122 win by the Warriors over the New Orleans Pelicans at Chase Center. This type of performance might have been hard to envision for Poole back in February, when he was developing his game at the G League bubble in Orlando. Following Friday’s career night, Poole joined “Warriors Postgame Live” to share the key turning point to his second NBA season. “I just think when coach [Steve] Kerr told me that I’d gained his trust,” Poole said. “Especially as a young player, that’s huge to have the coach’s trust and to go out there and play the game. I wanted to get everybody else involved while still being aggressive. I’m just thankful to be here and we got to keep our momentum going.”