SAN FRANCISCO — Jordan Poole’s 30-foot 3-pointer in the second quarter of the Warriors’ win on Friday night against the San Antonio Spurs made history.
With it, he, Steph Curry and Klay Thompson became the second trio of teammates to each make at least 200 3-pointers in a season. James Harden, Eric Gordon and Ryan Anderson are the only other trio in NBA history to do it during the 2016-17 Houston Rockets season.
“It’s pretty special,” Poole said. “Especially being the second team in history to do it. Up there with really big company and we still have a couple games to go. Shoutout to those guys for raising the level of competition, not only in the game but in practice and being around these guys for the four years that I’ve been. I’ve learned a lot and it’s really special to be part of.”
The Warriors have hit plenty of 3-point records over the last decade with the Splash Brothers duo at the forefront. Steph Curry holds the all-time record; Curry and Klay Thompson set and broke their own records for most combined 3s by a duo in NBA history numerous times; Thompson holds the individual game 3-point record with 14 and the 2016 team became the first to hit 1,000 3s in a season (now a common benchmark). To name a few.
But the Warriors’ success isn’t sustained without evolution. And after a rocky start to his Warriors career, Poole is part of their growth — pushing his way into the record books and the Splash Brother family.
“it’s more a testament to him, what he’s been through, coming back,” Curry said. “He set a career record this year for 3s made. It’s not surprising but it is amazing to know that he’s still pushing the envelope of what he can accomplish this year. We know we can shoot a lot of 3s, but it’s about connecting the volume and efficiency that we pride ourselves on.”
Poole’s 205 3-pointers rank as 10th most in the NBA — Thompson leads the league with 285 and Curry is third with 257. But as much as he’s been Golden State’s iron man, he’s had a rocky season, in part, because that all-important shooting efficiency has wavered. Up until the start of this Warriors’ four-game home stand, Poole shot 33% from 3 on 7.7 attempts per game.
But a far more efficient and electric version of Poole has showed up in force these last four games. He’s looking a lot like the player who shot 44% from 3 last March and was draining tide-turning buzzer-beaters, going full speed down hill to the rim and burying audacious heat checks at an efficient clip during the 2022 playoffs.
Poole scored 27 points with six 3-pointers against the Spurs to complete a four-game stretch in which he shot 44.7% on 8.3 attempts per game. He’s averaging 27 points per game and the Warriors are outscoring opposing teams by a cumulative 33 points when he’s on the court over that stretch.
“I still know he has an All-Star game in his future,” Thompson said. “He’s our future for the Warriors, obviously, and we got so lucky to get a guy like him at the 28th pick. That doesn’t happen often. He’s so much fun to play with — he’s a great scoring point guard as well as facilitator and he has so much greatness ahead of him.”
The Warriors need Poole in playoff mode. For as prolific scorers Curry and Thompson are, the defensive pressure a sharp Poole takes off both of them takes the Warriors offense to a different level. When Poole is hot, teams have to think twice about doubling Curry on defense or fear the consequences.
“It’s been a really good stretch for him,” coach Steve Kerr said. “He’s had good stretches for us in the past, but he’s been very consistent scoring the ball. He’s in a good groove offensively and seems to be in a good place.”
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