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Ryan Knaus explains why Golden State Warriors' Jordan Poole is worth keeping an eye on for managers as he steps into their sixth-man role.
RYAN KNAUS: The Warriors recently made a rotation change that saw Jordan Poole and Nico Mannion return from the G League to assume the team's backup guard minutes. Poole has proceeded to scored 26, 14, and 18 points in three games since the switch, averaging 3.3 triples, two rebounds, and 2.8 dimes in that span. It's enough to merit a roster spot in deeper fantasy leagues, and all managers should at least put him on their watch lists.
Steve Kerr has said he views Poole as a combo guard, so he's not getting many minutes as a pure point. Those minutes are currently going to Mannion. But although Poole's role may dent his assists, it also tamps down his turnovers and allows him to do what he does best, which is score the ball. Poole was even in the closing lineup for Sunday's win versus the Jazz, and Kerr said afterward that he, quote, "could see himself closing games with Poole going forward."
He looks vastly more confident compared to his rookie season when he shot 33% from the field and displayed poor judgment with his shot selection. So far this year, he's hitting 47% of his shots, including 36% from deep, and he's also a combined 24 of 26 at the free throw line. The supporting stats aren't really there and he's yet to record more than three rebounds or two combined defensive stats in a game this season. He'll likely be boom or bust based on his scoring, but fantasy managers in need of points, 3-pointers, and free throw percentage should consider grabbing Poole now that he's essentially operating as the Warriors sixth man.