Eric Paschall is making the most of his opportunity.
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.
“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.
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.