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Draymond Green scoffs at Eric Paschall's 'too old' NBA draft narrative

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Draymond Green scoffs at Eric Paschall's 'too old' NBA draft narrative

The Warriors selected Eric Paschall in the 2019 NBA Draft when he was 22 years old, coming off a championship season at Villanova. He was the No. 41 overall pick. 

On Nov. 4, the night he turned 23, Paschall dropped 34 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in a win against the Blazers. 

The rookie was puzzled about the criticism he heard about himself leading up to draft night.

“My age,” Paschall told Logan Murdock. “It was just like, ‘He's old.’ But I feel like that’s kind of an advantage in some type of way. Like just being mature, knowing how to take care of your body. I could just go play right now. So, that's one thing that I was like, why does my age really matter if I feel like I'm that good?”

Paschall is that good. And his teammate Draymond Green thinks “too old” is “hilarious.” 

“There’s this narrative of like, ‘This guy is too old.’ That doesn’t make sense,” Green said. “How many guys are like LeBron James and great at 35? It’s not realistic. If a guy can come in and help right away, it doesn’t make sense to me.” 

“Draft these guys who are 18 or 19 and some of them look like f---ing idiots when they step on the NBA floor. Say, ‘Oh, we’re going to bring this guy along, he has a lot of potential.’ All potential means is somebody who ain’t done s--t. Ain’t proved nothing. I think it’s stupid.” 

Green remembers hearing the same criticism about his age. He was the 35th pick in 2012.

“Like coming out of the draft, ‘He’s a senior, he’s the best he’s going to be,” said Green, repeating the belief that worked against him. “Yet they say you’re in your prime at 27 to 32. But as a 22-year-old senior, you’re the best that you’re going to be?”

Green shook his head.

“That’s why a lot of GMs get fired. And coaches.” 

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Among rookies in the NBA, Paschall is third in scoring and fifth in rebounding. Even with Paschall's skills and maturity, Green expects the rookie’s performances will get stronger. 

"Right now, he’s just scoring off raw talent," Green said Sunday night. "He really don’t know how to play the NBA game. As he figures out more and more the NBA game, how to get fouled, he’ll get better and better.”

Warriors’ NBA draft lottery picks since 1990, ranked from worst to best

Warriors’ NBA draft lottery picks since 1990, ranked from worst to best

It's been a while since the Warriors had an NBA draft pick in the lottery.

But due to Kevin Durant's departure and injuries to Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, the Warriors own the worst record in the NBA and will have one of the top picks in the 2020 draft.

Before general manager Bob Myers and the Warriors' front office add a top talent to the roster, let's look back at all the lottery picks the franchise has made since 1990.

From Tyrone Hill in 1990 to Harrison Barnes in 2012, here are the Warriors' last 17 lottery picks ranked from worst to best.

VIEW WARRIORS' LOTTERY PICKS HERE

Trae Young says he'll catch Steph Curry as NBA's best shooter in 1 year

Trae Young says he'll catch Steph Curry as NBA's best shooter in 1 year

In light of the coronavirus outbreak putting all American sports on an indefinite pause, hot takes have become the topic du jour for fans relegated to their homes.

While joining “The Big Podcast with Shaq,” Atlanta Hawks star Trae Young was pressed on the many comparisons the young point guard draws to Warriors star Steph Curry.

On the subject of taking over Curry’s title as the NBA’s most feared shooter, Young doesn’t think it will be long before he overtakes Steph.

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It’s hard to take any stock in this statement given how much Shaq pressed the 21-year-old to answer.

But Young’s talent is unmistakable, and there’s a chance we’ll see Young resetting the record books one day the way Curry has throughout his 11 years in the NBA.

A year though? I’d imagine Curry and his teammates would disagree with that timeline.