Jordan Bell should get more minutes against the Pelicans

Jordan Bell, the rookie, didn't get much playing time in the first round series against San Antonio. His style of play and versatility should allow him to see the floor more against New Orleans.

Jordan Bell, the rookie out of Oregon, didn't play much in the Warriors' first-round series against the Spurs. He played a total of 11 minutes the entire series against the Spurs and did not play in Games 4 and 5. One of the main reasons he didn't get much playing time in the Spurs is because they are a big, physical team with players such as LaMarcus Aldridge and Pau Gasol. He would be a tad bit overmatched on the defensive side because of his lack of size, but he would've made up for it on the offensive side due to his speed.

With the New Orleans Pelicans possessing a lot of athleticism, the Warriors rookie should see more minutes on the court and be a key contributor in this next series. Bell's willingness to pass the ball, set solid screens and block shots on the defensive end should help him earn minutes. Additionally, with the current NBA era moving from the traditional back-to-the-basket center to a mobile, smaller center, who can switch multiple positions on defense, Bell fits the mold of the modern NBA big man.

During the regular season against New Orleans, Bell averaged 7.2 mpg, 2.3 ppg and 2.3 rpg. These are not a big sample size because Bell averaged only about seven minutes per game, so the production would be somewhat limited, especially on the offensive end. Expect the output to increase if he earns the playing time for head coach Steve Kerr.

One of Bell's tasks during the series could be defending one of the best players in the league in Pelicans power forward/center, Anthony Davis. That is a big duty to defend one of the league's best all-around players. Davis is mainly a finesse player, with some powerful plays at the rim, Bell has the potential to defend him well in the series. Davis possesses a high center of gravity and Bell has a low center of gravity.

The matchup will obviously favor New Orleans if Bell has the opportunity of guarding Davis, but he should be able to hold his own against Davis because of his strength. Bell is 224 lbs and chiseled. Davis is a long and wiry strong 253 lbs. This will be an education for Bell against one of the league's incredible talents, but all he can do against Davis is get into his space and be physical with him. He has to make Davis uncomfortable right when he catches the ball.

Whether Kerr decides to play Bell a little bit or a lot against New Orleans will depend on the matchups. The versatility and athleticism Bell has make him a candidate to receive more minutes against Davis and the Pelicans. Not only could Bell defend Davis, but it will benefit Golden State at the end of games. If Bell can defend Davis, it will keep an active and alert Draymond Green fresh in crunch time when Green will most likely defend Davis when the game is on the line.

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