3 things Jordan Bell could bring to the Houston Rockets

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3. Championship experience

Jordan Bell was acquired by the Golden State Warriors in a draft day trade with the Chicago Bulls for $3.5 million in 2017, meaning he was joining the Dubs after they acquired Kevin Durant and won their first ring with KD. This meant Bell, who was then a rookie, was joining a superteam that had their sights set solely on winning titles.

In spite of that, Bell managed to stay on the Warriors, as opposed to playing in the G-League, which was impressive for a rookie, especially on that specific team. Bell proved to be valuable for the Warriors, as he averaged 14 minutes per game as a rookie, as posted per 36 averages of 11.7 points, 9.2 rebounds, and 4.5 assists. He also posted a player efficiency rating of 18 as a rookie, and a true shooting percentage of a gaudy 64.1 percent, which are both impressive marks for a player of any tenure, but especially a rookie.

During the Warriors 2018 championship run, Bell played the seventh-most minutes for the Warriors, as Andre Iguodala was banged up and limited. Bell played well, as he had a true shooting percentage of 69.1 percent, and had the third-highest offensive rating on the team. All in all, Bell averaged 5.8 points and 3.3 rebounds per game, and ultimately won a championship ring.

Following that experience, the Warriors gave him more playing time during his second season in the league, as he played 68 games as opposed to 57 games as a rookie, and was relied upon as a reserve big while the Dubs waited on DeMarcus Cousins to return from his Achilles injury. During the second championship run that he was a part of, he averaged 10.2 points and 8.4 rebounds per 36 minutes during the 2018-19 regular season.

Bell played well during the postseason for the Dubs, as he averaged 13.9 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.7 assists per 36 minutes, although the Warriors were ultimately defeated by Kawhi Leonard and the Toronto Raptors in the NBA Finals.

The important thing about all of this is that Bell played on a team with multiple stars, but found a way to solidify a role and contribute to a star-studded team, which is what the Houston Rockets would need him to do.

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