The Filthiest Play Of The Warriors’ Season Belongs To Rookie Jordan Bell

Bryan Brandom
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Four games into the Golden State Warriors’ 2017-18 campaign, Jordan Bell—not Stephen Curry, not Kevin Durant, not Klay Thompson, not Fake Klay Thompson, and (gasp!) not Zaza Pachulia—has the most jaw-dropping play of the season.

And it apparently pissed Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle right off.

With his team up by 25 and under three minutes remaining in the teams’ Monday-night contest, a Bell block on the perimeter led to his speeding down the court on a fast break.

At speed, he lobbed the rock off the backboard, regained possession, and threw down an epic dunk, drawing a foul in the process.

Unnecessary? Oh yes. Freaking awesome? You better believe.

Kevin Durant and Draymond Green were feeling it.

Carlisle, on the other hand, was not.

“It caught me off guard,” said Warriors head coach Steve Kerr. “He’s just having fun out there. The main thing he needs to understand is that that’s going to offend some people.”

Mavericks future Hall of Famer Dirk Nowitzki was more forgiving of the 2017 second-round pick’s actions.

“Yeah, in old school ball, maybe,” Nowitzki told the Dallas Morning News of the team’s fouling Bell hard on the next possession. “But it’s 2018 almost.

“That [play] was a bit much. But that’s just a rookie being a little excited.”

As one might expect, Green was particularly unapologetic for his rookie teammate.

In just 10 minutes, Bell, the 2017 Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, scored six points without missing a field goal to go with four rebounds, two assists, and a block in the Dubs’ 133-103 victory.