The-Power wrote:Kind reminder that Poole is just 22 years old, capable of having games like those and known for his work ethic. You'd think Warriors fans by now would know the value of internal development and joint growth, and therefore have some patience.
It's not Poole's fault that some of us expected him to look like an All-Star in Klay's absence. Just let the guy develop and see if he can become more consistent over time, as most talented players do, instead of coming down hard on him for not fulfilling our (unrealistic) expectations.
That's the correct way to look at it.
With the end of last season and the preseason in mind, I also expected him to play more consistently. He has been forcing the issue too much on the offensive end and his 3P shot is really not working yet this year. Also the ball handling is a bit loose at times.
However, there are some really good points to be optimistic for his further development:
1. His defense is better than I thought it could be at this point. He doesn't look like a weakness in most line-ups at all. He's playing solid man defense and also making a good job with rotations.
2. He manages to get to the rim at a very high rate and convert at an insane rate. He's shooting 78% at the rim so far this season, this is crazy as it blows the career best of Curry out of the water, who is a very good finisher for a guard.
He needs to find a better balance on his shot attempts, especially early in the shot clock, but he has plenty of time to do that. He's on another year of cheap contract before they have to pay him.