Warriors fans should expect to see a lot of Eric Paschall this season.
Golden State coach Steve Kerr was a guest on KNBR 680 on Tuesday afternoon, and was asked if the soon-to-be 23-year-old is one of the rare rookies that he can trust.
"One hundred percent, you're right on it," Kerr said. "He's a mature rookie. He's got an NBA body. He's physically capable of standing up to anybody in the league. One of the problems for most rookies -- and you'll see it a little bit with Jordan Poole this year -- you just have to mature and get bigger and stronger.
"Most guys when they come in, they're just not ready for this level of strength and force that exists in the game. Eric's ready for all that.
"He's gonna play a lot this year. We're really excited about him."
Glenn Robinson III will be the Dubs' starting small forward in the season opener Thursday night against the Clippers, and could start the majority of games this season.
But don't be surprised if Paschall -- who played primarily power forward or center during the preseason -- ends up starting some games at the three.
Eric Paschall is gonna earn a lot of playing time because of his defensive versatility/strength. He can guard 3s and 4s and he’s a great communicator https://t.co/GaWcJB3row— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) October 19, 2019
Over five preseason games, the Villanova product averaged 9.4 points and 3.6 rebounds in 23.1 minutes per contest.
Defensively, he consistently is where he needs to be.
Great job by Eric Paschall of not giving up on the play. He continued to pursue/chase and was able to break up the lob to Dwight pic.twitter.com/38VQZHMNgG— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) October 15, 2019
"Great kid, great work ethic and just a guy who I think will be able to guard multiple positions," Kerr added. "And is definitely not afraid of the moment, so really excited about Eric."
You should be, too.