One of the reasons the Warriors were able to rattle off six straight wins to close out the regular season and force their way into a play-in tournament against the Los Angeles Lakers for the No. 7 seed has been the emergence of second-year guard Jordan Poole.
Poole stepped up after a slew of Warriors injuries and filled a role as one of the Dubs' top scorers down the stretch.
“Yeah he’s just playing with great confidence and it’s great to see," Kerr said. "I loved his decision making last night, loved his aggressiveness, loved that he tried to dunk on LeBron [James]. I loved that he wasn’t afraid to miss a big shot, because the only way you can make it is if you’re unafraid of the miss."
The Warriors season has been nothing short of a rollercoaster, and Poole's emergence is just one chapter in the story of the 2020-21 team.
"I think Jordan [Poole] has been great and he’s been another really good story from this season. Just the emergence of Jordan and the sixth-man guy for next year and the rest of this season, depending on how long we go."
Poole, in addition to center Kevon Looney, were both late-first round picks in their respective draft classes. Kerr has been thrilled with the value the team has received from both players.
"It’s really really exciting, especially when you get a guy in the late first round, like Kevon [Looney]. When Looney emerged a few years ago, it’s just such a great feeling as an organization because it’s player development, it’s the player himself putting in a ton of work, it’s hitting on a draft pick.
"It’s really important organizationally that you have these types of cases, and Jordan is going to be a big part of our team for years to come. That’s exciting.”
Poole and the Warriors play for their playoff lives Friday night against the Memphis Grizzlies at Chase Center. A win and they're in, a loss, and their season is over.