Warriors rookies Eric Paschall, Jordan Poole itching for season to start

Warriors rookies Eric Paschall, Jordan Poole itching for season to start

SAN FRANCISCO - Warriors rookies Jordan Poole and Eric Paschall are about a month away from their NBA debuts. With the offseason winding down, each is eager to get the season started. 
"I'm extremely excited," Poole told NBC Sports Bay Area Friday just before  Colgate “Oral Health Training Camp” in San Francisco. "More than anything, being able to be a rookie coming into an amazing organization. You know, everybody has brought me in and they've kind of taken me under their wings.

"So being able to just get to work has been extremely fun."
Recently, Poole -- who was drafted with the No. 28 pick in the 2019 NBA draft -- got an early introduction to Steph Curry's game first hand.

Last week, the three-time champion stopped by trainer Patrick Turner's Unlimited Potential in Burlingame for a late-night pick up run that featured Poole, Warriors forward Omarri Spellman, Oregon women's basketball star Sabrina Lonesu and Dallas Mavericks guard Seth Curry, marking the first time Poole shared the court with his star teammate. 
"It was amazing, man," Poole said. "Just kind of finally being able to meet Steph, we talked a lot," Poole said. "We had been texting a little bit, but just being able to finally meet him and go up against him.
"A couple of months ago, I was watching him on TV. Now, he's my teammate. He's an amazing guy and he's somebody that's really fun and to look up to. So being able to just to learn from one of the greatest shooters in the game is ... I'm excited for it, man."
Paschall has had an eventful summer himself. For much of the summer, the rookie -- who was taken with the No. 41 overall pick by the Warriors in June -- has been training in New York with famed trainer Chris Brickley. During one of the afternoon pickup games, multi-platinum rapper J-Cole played alongside the rookie and his performance was noteworthy, according to Pascal. 
"J. Cole was pretty good." Paschall said. "I mean, he knows how to play the game. He can shoot it, he can shoot it well. It was cool playing with him. I thank Chris Brickley for that, just for giving me the opportunity to play there. But I'm looking forward to the season and this whole before the season, preseason time is real fun."
Poole and Paschall enter their careers during a unique period in Golden State. Nearly three months after being eliminated in the NBA Finals, the roster has eight new faces and will be without Klay Thompson for much of the season, giving an opportunity for young players to see the court early, a moment Poole and Pascal hope to take advantage of. 
"Just to be able to play, for me personally," Paschall said. "But that's all it really is. Just being able to play and contribute and being in this great environment in the Bay Area."

Poole wants to contribute as soon as he can, too, but is soaking up as much knowledge as possible.

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"I think anybody would be love to be on the court early as a rookie," Poole added. "And a lot of our individual work, when we're working out, you know, we hear a lot of things and try to incorporate a lot of the stuff that I could be doing.

"But just being able to learn as much as I can and try to make an impact and finding a way to hopefully get minutes is definitely something I'm looking forward to."

Andrew Wiggins-Steph Curry duo's potential shown in Warriors NBA 2K sim

Andrew Wiggins-Steph Curry duo's potential shown in Warriors NBA 2K sim

Editor’s note: With the NBA season halted over coronavirus concerns, Warriors fans have unanswered questions about the team and how it’s building toward the future. To provide answers, NBC Sports Bay Area will simulate some previously scheduled Warriors games through NBA 2K, mixing video-game results with real-life insights for our coverage team.

Even amid the NBA season suspension due to the global coronavirus pandemic, Andrew Wiggins enters the spring as the Warriors' biggest question mark.

A former No. 1 overall draft pick, Wiggins' potential drops jaws, while his inconsistency is head-scratching. Upon arrival, the Warriors believed his ability would bode well alongside Steph Curry and the team's culture.

In a simulation of the March 28 game against the Oklahoma City Thunder using NBA 2K20, Wiggins showed promise towards that goal in a 117-110 loss.

In the digital confines, Wiggins finished with 35 points, getting most of his buckets within the flow of the Warriors' motion offense.

"I think he really fits well," Draymond Green said of Wiggins last month. "As seamless as it could possibly be, I think he can fit right in. He can score the basketball, he can run the wings, he's a pretty good defender. So I think he'll definitely fit in with this core for a long time."

Similar performances weren't as consistent during Wiggins' first four seasons in Minnesota. Wiggins didn't live up to the expectations that come with being a franchise player. His offensive inconsistency quickly drew the ire of NBA observers. Worse, Wiggins became one of the worst defenders in the league, even after he signed a five-year, $145 million contract.

Nonetheless, the Warriors saw potential in the 25-year old, trading former All-Star point guard D'Angelo Russell, along with Jacob Evans and Omari Spellman, in part to pair Wiggins with Curry. In the 2K simulation, the pairing worked, as the tandem combined for 62 points on the night.

The performance was consistent with Wiggins' lone real-world game alongside the former MVP. Against the Raptors back on March 5, the duo combined for 44 points in Curry's return from a broken left hand.

Curry's first highlight against the Raptors came with the help of his Canadian teammate, when he took a dribble in the lane, drew a double-team and fired a behind the back pass to Wiggins in the lane, leading to an easy layup, surprising Wiggins in the process.

"I didn't even know it was coming, really," Wiggins admitted after the loss to the Raptors. "I was kind of watching like it may come, but then when he went behind the back I was just trying to catch it. It was a hell of a pass."

"I'm very excited," Wiggins added. "He's an MVP player, one of the greats. He helped transition the game with his 3s and how fast he plays. So, I'm excited."

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Wiggins' virtual performance Saturday coincided with his strong play during his short stint in the Bay Area. In his last five games, he averaged 20 points on 46 percent shooting from the field. If Wiggins continues to build on his current play, the Warriors will see the potential they've wanted all along, making for an intriguing process Wiggins says he's ready for.

"I feel like I've adjusted well," Wiggins told NBC Sports Bay Area earlier in March. "I've never played with anyone as good as him. By far, he's the best player that I've played with. Just getting a chance to learn from him and feeding off him and just learning."

Watch every Steph Curry 3-pointer with Warriors from 30 feet and beyond

Watch every Steph Curry 3-pointer with Warriors from 30 feet and beyond

Today is the 30th day in March.

Warriors superstar Steph Curry wears No. 30.

Obviously, that means you should watch every single 3-pointer the two-time NBA MVP has made in his career from 30 feet and beyond.

Thank you to our friends at the Warriors for making this possible:

You watched all 87, right? What's your favorite?

Is it the famous 37-footer against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Feb. 27, 2016? What about the 62-footer he swished at the end of the third quarter in Game 6 of the 2015 Western Conference semifinals against the Memphis Grizzlies?

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There just are so many incredible ones to choose from.

Now go spend 10 more minutes watching all 87 again ...

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