Over all 3 games in the Golden State Warriors vs. Denver Nuggets series, Jordan Poole has been having games above average players would only dream of! Poole has averaged 28.7 points and 4.7 assists in these 3 games, while shooting 66.7% from the field and 59.1% from 3. So now, NBA fans and broadcasters like A.M Hoops (Big fan) and others are saying things like “Jordan Poole is extending the Warriors dynasty. In a couple of offseason’s they might want to sign him over Draymond Green, Andrew Wiggins, etc.” Maybe their true. But I’ve seen this hype before. Poole is not the first player who has had incredible games in the playoffs out of nowhere.
NBA media has became not something to share news, but to share opinions. So, when a random player has a good game, we’re going to go on social media and say “Next Jordan” or “Future G.O.A.T”. Maybe not extreme. But we’re all guilty of it, overreacting. But, it tends to get insane when it comes to NBA players suddenly having good games.
In the 2020-2021 NBA regular season, Julius Randle’s Knicks finished as the #4 seed in the Eastern Conference. And it was mostly because of Randle. The 26 year old averaged 24, 10 and 6, being awarded his first all star appearance in his career. Considering how big the New York market is, everyone was hyped about how Randle and the Knicks were going to “dominate” in the playoffs. Well, that didn’t happen! Randle struggled, only averaging 18, 12 and 4, while shooting 29.8% from the field in his first all star appearance as the Knicks lost to the Hawks in 5 games. This season, Randle was good but was not his 2021 self.
In the 2020 bubble, T.J. Warren was being hyped up, game after game, after game, after game. Warren, in the 8 game regular season in the bubble, averaged 31 points and 6.3 rebounds and shot 57.8% from the field and 52.4% from 3! It was an insane stretch for someone who never showed huge signs of being able to put up a 50 point game like he did. Social was saying “Future MJ” or “MVP”. Warren however, changed in the playoffs, going down to just 20 points and 6.3 rebounds, as his efficiency went down to 47/37 splits. Not bad but not the same player.
You should expect a decline from Poole. Not a lot of players play at this high level consistently (unless your Michael Jordan). Poole is a good NBA player but overhyping would be falling in the footsteps of others, who have done this in the past. And it’s backfired!
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