Future Watch: Jordan Bell Rookie Basketball Cards, Warriors – After winning their second championship in three years, the Golden State Warriors headed into the offseason without a draft pick. That didn’t stop them from trading into the second round to acquire forward Jordan Bell from the Bulls. The Warriors didn’t even have to give up a player in the trade, just “cash considerations”. Now the Warriors have a cost-controlled combo-forward who fits their scheme perfectly. The rich are getting richer.
Jordan Bell grew up in Long Beach, California, the youngest of five siblings. He attended Long Beach Polytechnic High School, a popular school for talented athletes. Early on, Bell had a poor reputation was a troubled student. Under the guidance of his high school coach Sharrief Metoyer, Bell flourished. As his maturity developed on and off the court, Bell became a star, known for his emphatic shot blocking ability. He would eventually be recruited to play for the Oregon Ducks.
In his freshman season, Bell set a school record with 94 blocks in a season. He would play three seasons at Oregon, increasing his points per game each year. In his junior season, Bell helped lead Oregon to their first Final Four appearance since 1939. In the Elite Eight victory against Kansas, Bell scored 11 points, grabbed 13 boards and blocked eight shots. It was his fifth straight tournament game with at least 12 rebounds, making him the first player to accomplish that feat since Hakeem Olajuwon in 1983-84. That performance earned Bell the Most Outstanding Player in the Midwest Region honors for the tournament. The buzz around his tournament play even started a meme: #ThingsJordanBellCouldBlock. After his junior season, Bell would declare himself eligible for the 2017 NBA Draft.
Bell flew up draft boards during the combine, crushing many of the athletic tests. Scouts praised his “do-it-all” defensive and rebounding style, giving him late first-round draft grades. On draft night, Bell fell to the second-round. This would be a blessing in disguise, as the NBA Champion Warriors snuck in to steal him from the Bulls rest of the field. Bell would be sure to remind the folks in Chicago that his play early on was much better than “cash considerations”.
The Warriors like to play with lineups, and 6’9” Bell fits their scheme perfectly. He often plays at power forward or center, and is listed at both of those positions depending on where you look for stats. He’s averaging 14.7 minutes per game, although that number has been trickling upward. Over his last five games, Bell has played 21.8 minutes. On the year, he’s shooting .678% from the field with 1.2 blocks and 4.0 rebounds. In a 141-128 win over the Grizzlies on 12/30, he scored 11 points with four blocks, three rebounds, two assists and steal. Coach Steve Kerr has praised Bell’s work ethic and ability to fit within the team so quickly. Jordan Bell’s contract and versatility ensures that he will be a prominent member of the team moving forward. It won’t be long before he collects his first ring. Collectors need to take notice.
Future Watch: Jordan Bell Rookie Basketball Cards, Warriors – More Info
Jordan Bell already has some great autographed rookie cards in the market. They can be found in 2017 Panini Contenders Collegiate Draft Picks Basketball. As a top draft pick for the Championship Winning Golden State Warriors, collectors can be assured to find NBA licensed rookie cards of Bell in the complete portfolio of 2017-18 Panini NBA basketball card products during the 2017-18 NBA season.
Future Watch: Jordan Bell Rookie Basketball Cards, Warriors – Other Resources
- Future Watch: 2017 NBA Draft Recap, Most NBA-Ready Players
- Future Watch: 2017 NBA Summer League Top Rookie Players
Future Watch: Jordan Bell Rookie Basketball Cards, Warriors – Image Gallery
Here’s a look at cards featuring Jordan Bell in his Golden State Warrios uniform.
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