For the second consecutive year, the Warriors traded into the second round of the NBA Draft and snagged a player with the 38th overall pick. Last year, it was Patrick McCaw. This time, it’s Jordan Bell, a forward out of the University of Oregon.
The Warriors break a record by paying $3.5M for draft rights ro Bell, according to Marcus Thompson of The Mercury News.
Bell, a three-year player at Oregon, is the school’s career leader in blocks (235) and field goal percentage (61.0 percent), and ranks fifth and ninth in those categories, respectively, in Pac-12 history.
In 2016-17, Bell ranked 25th in the NCAA in blocks (2.1 per game). He ranked second in the Pac-12 in blocks (2.3 per game), led the league in field goal percentage (63.6 percent), ranked sixth in rebounding (8.8 per game) and 13th in steals (1.3 per game).
He was named to the All-Pac-12 Second Team and All-Defensive Team, and was a USBWA District 9 choice.
He will wear No. 2 for Golden State.