Considering what the expectations were, Eric Paschall has been nothing short of fantastic so far this season.
The rookie is averaging 15.6 points and 4.4 rebounds per game, while shooting just under 53 percent from the field.
“His work ethic has been impressive from the jump,” Warriors assistant coach Theo Robertson -- who works closely with Paschall -- told Ethan Strauss of The Athletic. “His goal this season was to get on the floor and to this point he’s done everything necessary to facilitate that.
"We spend a ton of time watching film. I’ve been very impressed by his IQ. He’s been well-coached and sees the game.
"Moreover, his ability to apply concepts or teaching points immediately has been very impressive. He can execute a game plan and really understands the ‘why’ in a lot of things.”
Paschall -- who turned 23 years old last week -- spent five years in college, and greatly benefitted by playing for Villanova coach Jay Wright.
He constantly communicates on the defensive end and knows where to be.
As Strauss writes:
Synergy Sports grades Paschall out as “very good” on defense so far, which is tough to do on a Warriors team that’s putting up historically bad defensive efficiency numbers.
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Ultimately, it doesn't matter if Paschall starts or comes off the bench. He's going to play around 30 minutes per night.
But moving forward, hopefully we will get to see Paschall share the floor as much as possible with Draymond Green. Those two need to learn each other's tendencies and develop chemistry on both ends of the floor, and that can't happen when the rookie checks into the game for the three-time All-Star.
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