After blowing out the Nuggets in Game 2, Golden State’s Draymond Green vowed to start a petition if Jordan Poole doesn’t win Most Improved Player of the Year.
Three years into his rookie contract, Poole is angling for a contract extension this summer.
The 22-year-old is rumored to be seeking $80 million over four years, but one pundit noted earlier this season that his price tag could increase well above $100 million “if he explodes in the playoffs.”
He’s been one of Golden State’s most consistent offensive forces all season (18.5 PPG), but Poole is now breaking out in his first postseason — and essentially turning the Splash Brothers into triplets.
- He’s averaging 29.5 points on 65.5% shooting and 58.8% from three.
- Poole’s 59 points through his first two playoff games trail only Wilt Chamberlain (63 points) in Warriors history.
- Through two games, the trio of Poole, Steph Curry, and Klay Thompson has a 154.5 offensive rating.
- Their 57.7 net rating is the second-highest among Golden State’s three-man rotations.
Poole, the 11th-highest-paid Warrior ($2.2M) is owed $3.9 million next year.
If the Warriors pass on an extension offer this offseason, he’ll become a restricted free agent in the summer of 2023.
But Poole could make that a moot point with a prolific rest of the postseason — and maybe become a $100 million man.