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.
I can watch clips of Eric Paschall dunking off two feet all day long. It’s just silly pic.twitter.com/oN7AWbB1qa— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) March 4, 2020
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.
Eric Paschall is gonna remind his very good friend Donovan Mitchell about this possession pic.twitter.com/py8GVS9eVp— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) November 23, 2019
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.
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.