On Tuesday night, former Duck Jordan Bell made his NBA debut with the Golden State Warriors, scoring eight points in a nail-biting 122-121 loss to the Houston Rockets.
Bell played 12 minutes off the bench, and also had a rebound and an assist in his debut. While he looked good on the offensive side of the ball, defensively, he definitely looked like a rookie.
In a “Welcome to the NBA” moment during the first quarter, Bell had to guard one of the best players in the league, James Harden, who drove to the rim with a spin move and a layup that Bell couldn't defend.
I’m not too concerned about this, as some growing pains are to be expected as Bell transitions to the NBA. He looked great in the preseason, and I think we’ll see the Jordan Bell we all know and love in no time.
His most exciting basket came late in the third quarter, connecting on an alley-oop from Draymond Green.
Speaking of the Green/Bell connection, a couple of days ago, Green said that he almost lost his starting job to the Oregon rookie.
Draymond Green on Jordan Bell: "I had to make sure I was ready for opening night. He was about to take my spot."— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) October 16, 2017
And in a further plot twist, Green exited last night’s game with a strained knee, so we’ll see if Steve Kerr puts Bell into the starting lineup when they take on the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday night.