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David West cites these two traits in praising Warriors' Eric Paschall

David West cites these two traits in praising Warriors' Eric Paschall

On the morning of the 2019 NBA Draft, the Warriors acquired the No. 41 overall selection in a trade with the Atlanta Hawks.

Golden State used the pick on Eric Paschall, who turned out to be a total steal.

"I really like Paschall," former Warriors forward David West recently told The Athletic's Sam Amick on the "Tampering" podcast. "I think he’s got the grittiness and the edge.

"He’s edgy enough to really eek out a spot for himself in the league."

Paschall had a fantastic start to his rookie season, hit a little bit of a wall and then finished very strong. The 23-year-old averaged 19.7 points, 3.9 rebounds and 5.4 assists (against 1.3 turnovers) over his last seven games, while shooting 55 percent overall and 35 percent from deep.

At 6-foot-6 and 255 pounds, Paschall overpowed people all season, while also displaying great burst.

Plain and simple, the dude is a beast off two feet.

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With the Warriors having such a dreadful season, Paschall's defense got overlooked. But he showed the ability to be a factor on that end of the floor as well.

Ballots were due this week, and ESPN's Zach Lowe included the Villanova product on his All-Rookie First Team.

"(Paschall) will grow into a stout defender with nimble feet," Lowe wrote.

[RELATED: Why NBA exec isn't putting stock in Paschall's big season]

The Warriors are going to add several pieces this offseason to improve the roster, so it's somewhat unclear exactly what Paschall's role will be next season.

"I still feel I’m going to make an impact," he told The Athletic's Anthony Slater in mid-June. "I feel like I’m ready to prove myself at the highest level."

If he develops a consistent 3-point shot and solidifies himself defensively, Paschall most definitely will be a significant contributor on a nightly basis.

Ultimately, the aforementioned "grittiness" and "edge" should result in a long, successful NBA career for the New York native.

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Watch Warriors' Klay Thompson use dog Rocco for curls during workout

Watch Warriors' Klay Thompson use dog Rocco for curls during workout

Normally, Rocco just watches Klay Thompson when he's working out. But on Tuesday, the pooch got in on the action.

In a video posted by the Warriors shooting guard, he did 12 curls where he used Rocco as the weight.

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In early July, Thompson posted a video of Rocco providing moral support while he rehabbed his surgically repaired left ACL.

During the early days of Thompson's rehab, Rocco was at his side as he went through rigorous exercises with a trainer.

Thompson missed the entire 2019-20 NBA season after tearing his left ACL against the Toronto Raptors in Game 6 of the 2019 NBA Finals. He reportedly was medically cleared to start training without restrictions in June.

[RELATED: Trainer says Steph "bouncy and energetic"]

Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes reported Monday that Thompson and Steph Curry worked out together at some point over the last few months.

I think we can safely assume Rocco also was there for the Splash Brothers' workout.

Andre Iguodala discusses different approaches between Warriors, Heat

Andre Iguodala discusses different approaches between Warriors, Heat

In terms of proximity, the Golden State Warriors and Miami Heat are not close to each other.

And when it comes to certain components of how each franchise operates on a day-to-day basis, they are far apart as well.

“They take two different approaches," former Golden State forward Andre Iguodala recently told Mark Medina of USA Today Sports. "But they’re trying to get to the same place. Neither approach is wrong."

Warriors coach Steve Kerr and Heat coach Erik Spoelstra come from different backgrounds, and don't share the same philosophies. There's nothing wrong with that whatsoever, as there is more than one way to build a culture that leads to success.

The 2015 NBA Finals MVP didn't shed too much light on how Golden State and Miami differ, but Medina provided some additional context.

"Iguodala has adapted to a completely different style than what he became accustomed to at Golden State," he writes. "He admittedly could pace himself during the season, while (Steph) Curry, (Kevin) Durant, (Klay) Thompson and (Draymond) Green handled most of the workload.

"The Warriors also had light practices because of their extensive trips to the Finals. In Miami, Iguodala has become exposed to harder practices and prolonged film sessions in hopes to accelerate the Heat’s development."

All of this makes perfect sense.

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But what does confuse some people at times is how to quantify Iguodala's impact, because he didn't consistently register big box-score numbers in a Dubs uniform and doesn't do that for the Heat either.

“You can’t put an analytic to his game with how many different ways he can impact your team in regards to winning,” Spoelstra told Medina. “You have to have him in your locker room and see him out on the floor to truly understand.

"Every coach in this league recognizes he is a winner because he does so many winning things.”

[RELATED: Why Bill Simmons believes Iguodala belongs in Hall of Fame]

These comments probably sound very familiar to Warriors fans, as we used this space over the years to highlight Iguodala's immense importance to the Warriors.

Yours truly can't wait to watch how the 36-year-old helps the Heat in the playoffs.

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