Paschall still adjusting to new Warriors role this season


Nobody, including Eric Paschall himself, could have predicted the second-round draft pick out of Villanova to have such a large role for the Warriors as a rookie last season. 

Paschall averaged 14 points while playing 27.6 minutes per game last season. He started 26 of the 60 games he played and went on to be named First-Team All-Rookie. But that was without Steph Curry and Kelly Oubre, and without Draymond Green and Andrew Wiggins the majority of the time. 

This season has be much different for Paschall as he still searches for his role. 

"I'm a very aggressive player but I also have to adjust," Paschall said Saturday night after the Warriors' 134-117 loss to the Brooklyn Nets. "I have to understand it's not last year -- I can't just try and take over a game like I could try last year. This year I'm just trying to find my spots, pick them and go from there. That's why sometimes I shoot more, sometime I don't. It's just finding my spots, trying to find my role and trying to find ways where I can try and help the team win.

"Again, I know last year I was very aggressive, very dominant but at the same time, this year's different. I got to try and find out really what the Warriors are all about and learn how to play with everybody. I can't be the same guy I was last year." 


Paschall scored 16 points in the Warriors' loss, which was the third-most by a Golden State player. He also grabbed four rebounds and was plus-seven in plus-minus. But all 16 of his points came in the fourth quarter, and 12 of his 17 minutes played came in the final frame. 

The 24-year-old has started just two games this season, the first two of the year when Green was out to injury. He's averaging 17 minutes per game, which is more than 10 fewer compared to last season. His scoring is down to 9.8 points per game, but that doesn't tell the whole story. 

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Paschall actually has been a better scorer this season than last, despite playing fewer minutes. His field goal percentage (49.7 percent) is exactly the same as last season but his effective field percentage has gone up from 52.6 percent to 53 percent as his 3-point percentage has risen from 28.7 percent to 35.3 percent. Per 36 minutes, Paschall is averaging 20.8 points, which is up from 18.2. 

It can't be easy for a young player to make such a big adjustment in Year 2, but Paschall has done an admirable job so far and continues to be a big focus of the Warriors' future. 

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