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Jordan Bell receives votes for All-Rookie team

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Jordan Bell receives votes for All-Rookie team

The All-Rookie teams were announced on Tuesday morning, and Jordan Bell received some love...

... but just a little.

The 38th pick in the 2017 draft got five All-Rookie Second Team votes.

From the beginning of the season though the Warriors' matchup vs the Cavs on MLK Day, Bell appeared in 37 of 45 games and made 10 starts.

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He averaged 5.2 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.1 blocks and 0.7 steals in 14.8 minutes per contest over that stretch.

Some of his best performances:

-Nov. 24 vs Bulls -- 7 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 6 blocks, 2 steals
-Dec. 1 at Magic -- 16 points, 5 rebounds, 3 blocks, steal
-Dec. 14 vs Mavs -- 8 points, 6 rebounds, 8 assists, 2 steals
-Dec. 22 vs Lakers -- 20 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists, steal, block
-Dec. 27 vs Jazz -- 5 points, 13 rebounds, 7 assists, steal

On Jan. 17 in Chicago, he suffered a bad left ankle sprain and missed the next 14 games.

Bell appeared in 19 of Golden State's final 22 games (2 starters), averaging 3.6 points, 3.1 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 0.8 blocks and 0.5 steals in 13.8 minutes.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Warriors brief: Why Jordan Bell is a candidate to start in place of Andre Iguodala

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Warriors brief: Why Jordan Bell is a candidate to start in place of Andre Iguodala

If Andre Iguodala -- who is listed as doubtful -- does not play in Game 4 on Tuesday night, the assumption to many is that Kevon Looney would be the obvious choice to replace him in the lineup.

Looney was sensational on defense in Game 3, beautifully switching, keeping his body in front of smaller Rockets, extending his arms vertically while smartly avoiding reaching or jumping at pump fakes. But Steve Kerr has shown in the playoffs that he has not shied away from starting Nick Young when missing a starter. Despite some low points earlier in the playoffs, Young has played above average man-to-man defense when switched onto smaller Houston guards like Chris Paul and James Harden, while simultaneously shooting well from deep -- 6-for-14 from 3-point range. 

While Looney and Young would be the favorites to start for an injured Iguodala, one name that could be a dark horse is Jordan Bell.

Kerr tends to try to keep role players in their specific roles if they are playing well. Rather than get greedy and try to extend them, he has them flourish in their comfort zone. If he were to stick with this strategy, Jordan Bell could be the player plucked from a limited role and thrust into the starting lineup, which would keep Looney in his spot as the sixth man, and have Young comfortable in his role in the second unit.

Bell has played very few meaningful minutes so far in the playoffs, but in Game 3, Kerr decided to give him a shot to mixed results in a rather up and down 10 minutes of action (half of which were in garbage time). But since Bell has now had a chance to shake some of the rust off and begin to get acclimated to playing high level basketball, perhaps he can step in to the vacant spot left by Iguodala, and start out by guarding a player like P.J. Tucker, who tends to stay in the corner on offense. 

The money is definitely on Looney or Young. They have proven to be effective this series, and Kerr may want to start with a defensive focused unit with Looney or a dangerous offensive squad with Young.

But don't rule out Bell. It is a long shot, but hey, maybe he can be some lightning in a bottle. 

David West now out of the mix? Steve Kerr explains Warriors rotations in Game 3

David West now out of the mix? Steve Kerr explains Warriors rotations in Game 3

David West was in uniform on Sunday night.

But he did not receive any playing time.

Jordan Bell got the nod over West.

"Honestly, I wasn't exactly sure how I was gonna play the backup-five role," Kerr told reporters after the Warriors' 41-point win. "We went into the game thinking we're gonna see how the game goes and adapt from there.

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"When Looney got in foul trouble, I just wanted to stay with our more mobile defenders on the perimeter, and so I went to Jordan instead of David.

"But that doesn't mean David's out of the loop by any means. We're gonna still need him in this series, and if we're fortunate enough to move on, we'll need him in the next one."

In Game 1, West played only four minutes and was a plus-4.

In Game 2, the 37-year old played six minutes and was a minus-6.

With the way the Rockets spread the floor and fire up 3-pointers, it's a tough matchup for West.

“Houston epitomizes the modern NBA -- 3-point shooting all over the floor, pick-and-rolls,” Kerr told reporters on Saturday. “A guy like David, we gotta pick and choose his spots.”

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller