Jordan Bell fills a critical need for the Warriors as the postseason draws near, and he joked with local reporters Thursday about what his role will be in the offense.
Bell's "light-skinned dude" quip about Steph Curry harkens back to his rookie season with the Warriors, when he gave a similar answer to NBC Sports Bay Area's Kerith Burke about playing alongside Curry, Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant.
All humor aside, Bell will be an important piece for the Warriors' depth over the last few games of the regular season and heading into the play-in tournament. With James Wiseman out for the season with a meniscus injury, the Warriors' depth at the center position has been severely limited.
Kevon Looney has been the Warriors' starter at center primarily this season, but still averages fewer than 20 minutes per night. Draymond Green has stepped in and played quite a bit at the five, but especially given his 6-foot-6 frame, physical play in the paint night in and night out takes a toll.
Bell isn't a traditional 7-foot center, but he offers excellent bounce and can run the floor and play solid defense. During his rookie year with the Warriors, he averaged a block per game.
The 26-year-old also was on the Warriors' championship team in 2018, and has experience playing in high-intensity playoff environments.
Getting the ball in Curry's hands will be one of the primary directives for everyone in the Warriors' offense, but Bell can offer much more than that.