Draymond Green is already messing with Warriors rookie Jordan Poole

Draymond Green is already messing with Warriors rookie Jordan Poole

When it comes to dealing with Draymond Green, it's going to be a long season for Warriors rookie Jordan Poole.


Because the 2017 NBA Defensive Player of the Year went to Michigan State and the No. 28 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft went to Michigan. As you know, the schools are bitter rivals.

After Golden State completed its first practice of the season Tuesday, Draymond took to Instagram:

Hours after the Warriors selected Poole, general manager Bob Myers told the media that he texted with Draymond regarding the pick.

"I was kind of joking with him because he's the Michigan-Michigan State guy," Myers said to reporters. "He asked me for Poole's number. I guess maybe he texted him. I don't know if he did yet."

You shouldn't be surprised to know that the lockers for Draymond and Poole at Chase Center are very close to each other.

As Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle wrote last week:

When handing out locker-room stalls, [Kirk] Lacob gave the elder statesmen first pick. Stephen Curry picked one toward the center, and Green chose a corner locker. Klay Thompson never responded, so Lacob gave him one of the three remaining corner lockers. Curry opted to have brother-in-law and two-way-contract player Damion Lee next to him. Green wanted rookie Jordan Poole by him.

You should expect to read many stories this year about the Draymond-Poole dynamic.

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And whenever we post something on the topic, we will remind you that the three-time NBA champion almost signed with the Wolverines out of high school.

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Ron Adams pinpoints where Warriors need to improve most on defense

Ron Adams pinpoints where Warriors need to improve most on defense

Warriors assistant coach Ron Adams no longer sits on the bench during games, but he still has a very important job.

The 72-year-old is a defensive guru, so it must be painful for him to see Golden State ranked 25th in defensive rating.

"We gotta get much better defending the 3-point shot -- that's kind of been a sticking point," Adams told Warriors radio voice Tim Roye prior to the Dubs' loss to the Grizzlies on Monday night. "But we now have more players, which helps.

"But it's really tough when you're on the road with eight or nine guys."

Well, speaking of defending the arc and losing to Memphis -- the Grizzlies went 15-for-40 (37.5 percent) from deep Monday. They entered the game shooting 34.2 percent (24th in the NBA), averaging 10.8 makes per game (No. 22).

But it wasn't a surprise to see Memphis connect from 3-point territory because the Warriors entered the matchup with the worst 3-point defense in the NBA, allowing opponents to make just under 40 percent of their attempts.

That's really, really bad -- especially when you give up the second most makes per contest (13.8).

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And it's not like the Dubs suffered bad luck against Memphis.

If they don't clean up this area of the game, the Warriors' rough season only will get uglier.

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How Warriors' standings position affects 2020 NBA Draft Lottery odds


How Warriors' standings position affects 2020 NBA Draft Lottery odds

Editor's note: Grant Liffmann (@grantliffmann) is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders, which airs on NBC Sports Bay Area an hour after every game. Each week, Grant will drop his Outsider Observations on the State of the Dubs.

The big dilemma that Warriors fans are facing right now is whether or not they want to see the team win for immediate satisfaction, or lose for the purpose of long-term success.

To many, the pros outweigh the cons to see the Warriors finish at the bottom of the standings in order to get a high -- if not the highest -- draft pick. With one of the top selections, the Warriors could trade for a star player or draft a prospect who they think will carry them into the next decade once Steph Curry and the current core retire.

Unlike baseball or football, the 14 teams that miss the playoffs take part in a draft lottery, rather than picking strictly based on the worst to best record. After some changes to the lottery structure beginning in last year's draft, the worst record in the NBA no longer solely has the best odds to win the No. 1 pick. The odds to land the top slot goes as follows:

Worst record: 14 percent
Second-worst record: 14 percent
Third-worst: 14 percent
Fourth-worst: 12.5 percent
Fifth-worst: 10.5 percent
Sixth-worst: 9 percent
Seventh-worst: 7.5 percent
Eighth-worst: 6 percent
Ninth-worst: 4.5 percent
10th-worst: 3 percent
11th-worst: 2 percent
12th-worst: 1.5 percent
13th-worst: 1 percent
14th-worst: 0.5 percent

Finishing with the fourth-, fifth- or sixth-worst sill has solid odds in comparison to the bottom three. It's very possible that's where the Warriors (5-20) end up, despite currently owning the NBA's second-worst record. 

The New York Knicks (4-19) and Cleveland Cavaliers (5-18) continue to struggle, while the Atlanta Hawks (6-17) and Memphis Grizzlies (7-16) both will finish at the bottom of the standings despite boasting a lot of young talent. The Washington Wizards (7-15), Chicago Bulls (8-17) and Zion Williamson-less New Orleans Pelicans (6-18) have all underwhelmed, and the Warriors are going to be in this mix if their slow start is any indication.

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The Warriors are getting healthier, however, which should help them compete and potentially even surprise a few teams. While that might disappoint the fans that desperately want the team to finish with the best odds at the top pick, plenty are looking for entertainment and competitive basketball should be encouraged.

But at the end of the season, the Warriors likely are going to finish at, or near, the bottom of the standings, and their odds of landing the top pick in the 2020 NBA Draft will be high.