Even with the Warriors winning five in a row, generating momentum toward the play-in tournament and hoping to carry it into the first round of the playoffs, coach Steve Kerr is gaining insight to apply next season.
He’s visualizing possibilities for the Sixth Man role and is considering Jordan Poole, who on Friday night scored career-high 38 points, including a driving layup for the decisive basket, in a 125-122 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans at Chase Center.
“He’s really explosive, as you saw tonight and as you’ve seen over the last couple months,” Kerr said of the second-year guard from the University of Michigan. “As we look ahead, I think he’s going to be a Sixth Man. He’s really capable of getting 20 any night. It’s so great to have scoring off the bench.
“As we look to next year and beyond, getting Klay (Thompson) back, Jordan would be a really good candidate for Sixth Man, a guy who can come in and give you points when the starters are on the bench.”
Though it has been speculated that the Warriors would consider re-signing Kelly Oubre Jr. and steering him toward that role, the impending free agent has expressed little enthusiasm about coming off the bench.
Poole, who turns 22 next month, seems ready to embrace such an opportunity.
“Be ready to step up for wherever I’m needed,” he said. “The plan is to be at full health next…