When the Warriors selected Eric Paschall with the No. 41 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, nobody thought he would end up on the All-Rookie First Team.
But the 6-foot-6 forward earned that distinction after averaging 14.0 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists over 60 games (26 starts), while shooting just under 50 percent from the field.
After a rough first two games this season, Paschall has been awesome ever since. The 24-year-old is averaging 13.5 points and 3.8 rebounds in fewer than 19 minutes over Golden State's last 11 contests, while shooting over 56 percent from the field and 41.2 percent from beyond the arc.
Has he been looking to make a statement or send a message?
"To show that I still belong. I feel like last year a lot of people would say it's a fluke, or I was just a good player on a bad team or something like that," Paschall told the media in a video conference Tuesday. "I'm proving myself every day.
"That's something I really want to do and feel like I'm doing it."
But there is one thing Paschall's father would like to see more of from his son.
"He just wants me to rebound more," the Villanova product explained. "But that's about it. At the same time, he's very proud of me. He'll be all right."
And the Warriors will be more than all right if Paschall plays like this all season.