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Poole is living the dream as Steph's Warriors teammate

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Jordan Poole Steph Curry

Jordan Poole knows firsthand what a difference one year can make. 

With Steph Curry sidelined most of last season, Poole was thrown into a more prominent role than expected as a rookie last season for the Warriors. Early this season, the young guard found himself collecting DNPs on the bench for Golden State before finding his confidence in the G League and returning to look like a completely different player. 

Now, Poole is living out the dream as Curry's teammate, going up against LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night in the NBA play-in tournament. 

"It's absolutely amazing just to be a part of," Poole said Wednesday on 95.7 The Game's "Damon, Ratto & Kolsky" show. "Just to see, especially in real life, in real time ... a couple of years ago I was watching [Curry] on TV hit the game-winner against Oklahoma City. Now we're on the court and just seeing his aura, the magnitude he has and the gravity that he has and how he pull everybody towards him, whether it's his teammates, whether it's the coaching staff, whether it's the fans -- it's just absolutely amazing and it's a once in a lifetime thing you get to see. 

"I'm just happy to have front-row seats." 

Poole, who still is only 21 years old, averaged 12.0 points and shot 35.1 percent from 3-point range while averaging 19.4 minutes per game for the Warriors this season. But in May, his role has expanded and he has stepped up to the challenge. 

 

In nine games this month, coach Steve Kerr has rewarded Poole with 23.6 minutes per game. Poole has responded by averaging 17.8 points, shooting 49.0 percent from the field and 35.8 percent from deep. 

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Poole has stepped into a bit of a Sixth Man role, especially with Kelly Oubre Jr. sidelined. He's a sparkplug who bring instant scoring and could be a difference-maker against the Lakers off the bench. 

The Warriors become better by the minute as Poole's confidence grows, and there's no doubt watching Curry day in and day out has been a big factor to his improved play.

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