Paschall reflects on success he's had in new role for Dubs

Eric Paschall, Warriors

Eric Paschall is making the most of his opportunity.

When Marquese Chriss went down with a season-ending leg injury in late December, it opened up a spot for Paschall as the team’s No. 2 center behind impressive rookie James Wiseman.

At 6-foot-6, 255 pounds, Paschall is undersized to be a center in today’s NBA, but he’s more than held his own in his new role. The small-ball second unit has been a strength for the Warriors in recent games.

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“Honestly, it was just something where however I could get on the court and be effective, that type of thing,” Paschall said. “I just go out there and try to take advantage of my small-ball minutes and do things on the offensive end. I'm allowed to be myself when I'm the small-ball five. On defense, I feel like it gives us an advantage as well. Offensively, it creates for others and creates for myself. I feel like that's something that helps out the team a lot at that five position.”

Paschall can stretch out the opposing team’s defense with his ability to shoot the mid-range jumper. He has also been stout enough to not be a liability on the low block defensively. Without Chriss, Paschall is averaging 13.5 points and 3.5 rebounds in 18 minutes per game.

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The Warriors eventually could fill their backup center role with a veteran by using their $9.3 million disabled player exception this season. Many Warriors fans are awaiting the implosion of the Houston Rockets, who are 2-4, and hoping the Dubs can somehow acquire P.J. Tucker. But for now, Paschall has been a great, energetic contributor for Steve Kerr and the Warriors.