How Warriors' three rookies compare to their competition around NBA


How Warriors' three rookies compare to their competition around NBA

Editor's note: Grant Liffmann (@grantliffmann) is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders, which airs on NBC Sports Bay Area 60 minutes after every game. Each week, Grant will drop his Outsider Observation on the state of the Dubs.

The year of player development for the Warriors has not resulted in many wins, but the growth of their rookies has been mostly impressive, particularly for forward Eric Paschall, and to a lesser extent, guard Ky Bowman.

First-round draft pick Jordan Poole has struggled mightily with his shot, but has shown glimpses of his potential with a pair of 20-point games.

For the first time in quite a few years, the Warriors are able to give their most inexperienced players ample playing time. This extended opportunity helps paint a picture of how Warriors rookies compare statistically against the rest of the rookies around the NBA.

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Here are some major statistical categories that the Warriors rookies appear at or near the top:

Free Throw Percentage (20 attempts or more)

1) Ky Bowman 95% (19 of 20)
2) Jordan Poole 85.4% (41 of 48)
3) Rui Hachimura 84.4% (27 of 32)
7) Eric Paschall 81.4% (83 of 102)

Three-Point Percentage (55 attempts or more)

1) P.J. Washington 42.9% (30 of 70)
2) Cam Johnson 41% (34 of 83)
3) Ky Bowman 39.7% (23 of 58)

Field Goal Percentage (200 or more attempts)

1) Eric Paschall 50.7% (140 of 276)

Total Points

1) Eric Paschall: 380
2) Kendrick Nunn: 321
12) Ky Bowman: 204
13) Jordan Poole: 188

Rebounds per game

1) Brandon Clarke: 5.9
2) Rui Hachimura: 5.6 
3) Eric Paschall: 5.5

Assists per game (Min. 20 games played)

1) Ja Morant: 6.4
5) Ky Bowman: 2.7
7) Jordan Poole: 2.1

Assist-to-turnover ratio (Min. 10 games played/15 minutes per game)

1) Terence Davis: 2.86
2) Ky Bowman: 2.10
6) Jordan Poole: 1.69

Steph Curry praises Warriors' Eric Paschall for defying expectations

Steph Curry praises Warriors' Eric Paschall for defying expectations

Talent evaluation isn’t an exact science in professional sports, especially when it comes to the NBA.

Warriors rookie Eric Paschall is a prime example, as the Villanova product wasn’t selected until the No. 41 overall pick in last year's draft. All Paschall has done in his first NBA season is average almost 14 points per game and make himself a fringe candidate for Rookie of the Year.

Steph Curry was part of the broadcast of Saturday night’s game against the Orlando Magic, and the veteran had some high praise for Golden State’s most proficient rookie.

"It kind of just speaks to that whole process, you know in terms of really finding talent,” Curry said. “And guys just having confidence and believing in themselves, no matter what position they're drafted in, or whatever, as soon as you get on the floor, he carried himself like he was meant to be here and that carries so much weight.”

Paschall finished with 20 points and nine rebounds in the 109-95 win over Orlando, and caught up with the “overpaid sideline reporter” himself after the game. The rookie made sure Steph got some credit for the success of the young players across Golden State's roster.

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The future continues to be bright for the Warriors, especially once these two both can take the court together at Chase Center.

Why D'Angelo Russell wore Aaron Rodgers jersey on eve of NFC Championship

Why D'Angelo Russell wore Aaron Rodgers jersey on eve of NFC Championship

Well ... this is awkward.

The Warriors broke a 10-game losing streak on Saturday night when they defeated the Orlando Magic, 109-95. Then the postgame interviews came.

When it was Dubs' guard D'Angelo Russell's turn to speak to the media, he showed up wearing ... an Aaron Rodgers jersey?

Hmm ...

The San Francisco 49ers face the Green Bay Packers on Sunday for the NFC Championship Game, so for him to wear this on the eve of this matchup is pretty gutsy.

But, there's a backstory there.

D'Lo has worked out the with members of the Packers in Agoura Hills, Calif. before. But working out with Rodgers was something extra special for him to see.

"It was cool, man," Russell told NBC Sports Bay Area's Logan Murdock. "Getting to witness the greatness up close -- I was standing out a little bit so it was cool to kind of to see how he carries himself."

Rodgers would workout with Green Bay tackle David Bakhtiari and Russell noticed just how much of an impact the eight-time Pro Bowl quarterback had on those around him.

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And the fact that the Packers are playing the local 49ers team on Sunday? Russell said he would be happy if Green Bay got the W.

"It'd be great, he said. "I'd probably wear the same jersey in here."