Steph Curry reacts to Jordan Poole’s struggles

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As you might expect for a young player, it’s been a bumpy season for Jordan Poole. Overall, his numbers are up across the board compared to a year ago as he has taken on a much bigger role this season. With a 16.1 PPG average, Poole is currently one of four Golden State players with a double-digit average; however, his production fluctuated significantly throughout the season.

As a starter, Poole is averaging 18.3 PPG on the 43/35/95 shooting splits. Coming off the bench, he averages 12.2 PPG on 44/29/91 splits. While the drop in scores is to be expected coming off the bench and ultimately playing fewer minutes, it’s the overall level of engagement that Warriors superstar Steph Curry focuses on the most.

Asked about Poole’s recent fights, Curry said: “Yeah, I mean he’s been asked to do a lot of different things this year, and he continues to stand out as an experienced player who has had success and struggled, but honestly, making sure he’s engaged is the most important thing.”

Acknowledging that Poole’s role has fluctuated considerably this year, Curry said that “It doesn’t matter if he shoots or not, or how many minutes he plays, just make sure he’s committed to both ends. Because he going to help us. He’s going to help us win games when it counts. For him to be who he wants to be in this league, I think he has to have a bit of versatility in terms of being able to play different styles, and sometimes starting and sometimes off the bench sometimes 30 minutes sometimes 15 like you have to be able to be yourself through all of these situations At some point we all go through that a little bit so I think it’s built for it, and it’s going to have something to show for it.

After a game where he failed to score a single field goal, Poole will have the opportunity to bounce back against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday night. For Steph Curry, his main concern with Jordan Poole is not his offensive production, but rather his level of commitment, wherever that production is.

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