It might take a while before Jordan Bell sees significant minutes. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

The newest Warrior can’t, doesn’t want to escape Draymond comparisons

OAKLAND — Jordan Bell was introduced by the Golden State Warriors on Friday. The event had a celebratory feel, which is natural considering the team is mere weeks removed from winning an NBA title.

But the conversation with the reigning Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year kept returning to one subject: Draymond Green.

It shouldn’t be surprising: Bell has been dropping Green’s name for months leading up to the draft when asked which current pro player to whom he’s most similar. Some of the first words he uttered in the Warriors facility were about his quest to emulate Draymond’s game.

And who was the first player to reach out after Bell was selected with the No. 38 pick on Thursday? Take a wild guess.

“Draymond texted me after I was driving home, and he said, ‘What the expletive is your problem?” general manager Bob Myers recalled. “… ‘I have to hear about this expletive on the internet? You didn’t expletive tell me about it.’”

Green got the number from Myers and called Bell.

Since the rookie didn’t have the veteran’s number saved in his phone, he ignored the initial FaceTime call and called him back. That didn’t sit well with Green.

“He was like, ‘Yo, I FaceTimed you. Hang up right now and FaceTime me back. Don’t call me,’” Bell said. “I was like, ‘Yeah, you’re right.’ So I hung up and FaceTimed him and he didn’t answer.”

The University of Oregon standout called back a few minutes later and they finally had their conversation, which consisted of Green telling him to enjoy his night because there was a lot of work ahead.

Bell embraces Green’s antics — which would grate on a weaker mind — and looks forward to setting up shop in the next locker over.

And why not? He’s already learned so much from Green, long before they were teammates.

While watching the 2015 NBA Finals, ESPN analyst Mark Jackson spoke at length about his former player adding a floater to his game to become more difficult to guard. Bell took that to heart and taught himself the same set of floaters in the midrange.

The Warriors paying $3.5 million the Chicago Bulls to add Bell is another example of Myers targeting people who are good at playing basketball instead of playing a position.

Earlier this season, the Dubs GM called Green a “paragon of positionless basketball” because of his ability to excel all over the floor, making an impact without scoring.

When asked what was his favorite performance as a Duck, Bell pointed to Oregon’s win over No. 1-seeded Kansas in the Sweet 16 for two reasons: 1. He blocked eight shots and was the player of the game despite scoring 11 points; 2. They proved the experts wrong.

Sound like a familiar outlook? If it doesn’t, let Bell’s college coach break it down for you.

“Draymond is someone very active, plays with an edge, plays with a lot of energy,” Oregon coach Dana Altman said on KNBR on Friday. “That is very similar to the way Jordan plays. He’s got a good motor, he’ll play hard and loves to run the floor, and plays around the rim.”

“He’s really good at setting a solid pick, he loves to hit people,” he added. “That goes back to his football background. He’s not afraid to set a good pick, his athleticism allows him to roll and get to the rim. He did a great job when guys made the rotation over of kicking the ball out.”

But they aren’t carbon copies.

Green is famous for memorizing every player who was selected before him at No. 35 in the 2012 draft. Bell stopped watching on Thursday when he saw himself slipping.

But, falling from his first-round projections doesn’t bother him.

As Bell said with a smile on his face, “If I had to pick a team to play for, obviously it would be the Warriors.”

Contact Examiner Sports Editor Jacob C. Palmer at or on Twitter, @jacobc_palmer.

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