Washington Wizards: 3 areas where Jordan Poole has to improve

Jordan Poole of the Golden State Warriors. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
Jordan Poole of the Golden State Warriors. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) /
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3-point shooting

Because Jordan Poole is a microwave scorer who can get hot in a pinch and hit multiple threes in a short span, there is an impression that he is a great shooter. That is not the case. Poole’s career three-point percentage of 34% leaves a lot to be desired from a player of his caliber.

There is no reason for Poole to not be a better shooter. He has good form and mechanics, and a good versatility on his jump shot. Yet, the shots haven’t gone down with the accuracy that Poole or the Warriors fans wanted.

Poole only shot above league-average from downtown one out of his four seasons in the NBA, when he hit 36.4 percent of his threes in 2021-22. The fact that he can create his own shot, or come off screens to take three-pointers is a huge advantage. Not many players in the league can even attempt over 7 three-pointers per game, a mark Poole hit for two straight seasons.

Part of Poole’s low three-point accuracy is his shot selection. Considering his role as a bench scorer and a tough shot-maker, it makes sense for Poole to take some of the tougher shots on the team. However, he tends to take it too far and attempt some ill-advised off-the-dribble threes when there are better options on the court. Cleaning these up would help him immensely with his scoring efficiency.

If Poole can get his three-point percentage over 36 percent on a tough shot diet for the Wizards next season, it would be a huge win. That should be the goal.