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Kerr says Poole has 'great chance to start' while Klay out

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Klay Thompson tore his right Achilles on Nov. 18 and underwent surgery one week later.

Warriors president of basketball operations Bob Myers in late July made it clear that the three-time NBA champion will not be ready for game action when the 2021-22 season begins in mid-October.

So who will start until Klay is ready to make his debut?

"My gut reaction is Jordan Poole," Steve Kerr told The Athletic's Tim Kawakami on Wednesday morning. "But that’s without having seen anybody at camp.

"I think he’s got a great chance to start ... obviously, when you make a decision on your starting lineup, you have to look at how that impacts the bench. If I feel like Jordan makes the most sense as our backup point to Steph, there’s a good chance I bring him off the bench and start Damion [Lee] or [Mychal Mulder].

"So I think all of that is up in the air."

Poole over the Warriors' final 36 games last season averaged 14.7 points, 2.4 assists and 2.1 rebounds in 23.5 minutes, while shooting 43.3 percent overall, 35.4 percent from deep and 87 percent from the free throw line.

The No. 28 overall pick from the 2019 draft then recorded 10 points and three assists against the Los Angeles Lakers in Golden State's play-in tournament loss, followed by 19 points and four assists in the Warriors' season-ending loss to the Memphis Grizzlies.

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Poole clearly took a leap, and the Warriors need him to elevate his game another level or two next season.

 

"It’s just great to be thinking about Jordan in those terms," Kerr told Kawakami. "Whereas a year ago we were still unsure with what we had, I think we feel really strongly in Jordan’s ability to impact our team in a lot of different ways."

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