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Watch: Warriors rookie's crazy dunk off the backboard creates brilliant bench reaction

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The Golden State Warriors believe they may have secured one of the steals in this year's draft after selecting big man Jordan Bell.

The defending champions paid the Chicago Bulls to acquire the 38th overall pick and added Bell to their star-studded roster.

Coming out of Oregon, the 22-year-old built up a reputation as one of the best shot blockers in college as he produced a school record for a season with 94 blocks.

As well as his rim protection, Bell has ridiculous athleticism and has been likened to DeAndre Jordan of the Los Angeles Clippers.

He put his hops on display for all to see in the Warriors' 133-103 rout of the Dallas Mavericks on the road last night.

With the game won, head coach Steve Kerr decided to empty his bench and gave his rookie some minutes to close out the game.

Bell went on to make the play of the night as he followed up a block on Dwight Powell by sprinting up to the other end of the court and, after receiving the ball from JaVale McGee, proceeded to throw the ball off the backboard for a self alley-oop.

The reaction from the Warriors bench was probably the best part as Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant had stunned looks on their faces as they were in disbelief at what their rookie had just done.

The play caused a bit of a stir, however, and didn't sit well with everybody. Dallas head coach Rick Carlisle was angered by the dunk as there is an unwritten rule in the NBA regarding showboating in a blowout.

His counterpart Kerr approached him to apologise after the game as he acknowledged the situation.

"I just told Rick I would talk to Jordan. He's a young guy. He's having fun out there. He didn't even realise he had offended anybody," he said.

"The older guys on our team, Shaun [Livingston] and David [West], it's a different school of thought. Young guys are like, 'We're just playing basketball,' and the older guys are offended. So I talked to him."

In contrast, Draymond Green didn't see anything wrong with the play and took a different approach.

"Somebody is evaluating you," Green said. "So you have to play the game like it's tied up ... So if you want to throw it off the backboard, feel free, and dunk the ball. He got an and-1. It was a great play. So I don't have a message for him. Do what you do.

"Play basketball. I don't get off into the whole, 'Ah man, they're winning by this much. That's bad.' Says who? Dunk the ball. What's the difference if he threw it off the backboard and dunked it as opposed to just grabbing it and dunking it. It's a dunk. So, nah, I don't get off into that. Great play. Great play."

Topics:
Golden State Warriors
Pacific Division
Western Conference
NBA
Draymond Green
Stephen Curry
Kevin Durant
Oklahoma City Thunder
Northwest Division

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