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Eric Paschall didn't get to share the floor with Steph Curry a lot during his rookie season, as the Warriors star broke his non-shooting hand in October and played just five total games.

But the Villanova product still got an up-close look at how true greatness works and operates. In the mere five games that Paschall played with Curry, he was able to see what makes the Warriors star so hard to defend.

"He does not stop moving," Paschall told Bleacher Report's Howard Beck on "The Full 48." "It's kind of crazy, like, you just see him like, move, move, move, move, move. It kind of messes you up because you're not used to it especially as a rookie but when you play with him you start to understand where he's going and what the plays are. I felt like I ended up getting an understanding and seeing what it's like to play with him and it's pretty fun."

Paschall's rookie season with the Warriors was different than he imagined it being when he was drafted last June. Curry played just five games and Klay Thompson missed the entire season while recovering from a torn ACL. That saw the Warriors sink to the bottom of the NBA with a 15-50 record.

 

With Curry and Thompson returning fully rested and healthy next season, Paschall has allowed himself to think of what it will be like to take the court with a fully operational team.

"I think I'm going to take a lesser role," Paschall told Beck. "But I don't mind it. I feel like I can still be productive in that lesser role. Now that I have a year under my belt and I know what the NBA game is like, I can thrive in it. I feel like I'm ready. I feel like I'll have a very productive year. It's going to be a lot of fun definitely having Klay, Steph, Draymond, Andrew out there -- Marquese, all the other guys out there -- it's going to be fun and I can't wait to see what we do next year."

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Paschall was the lone bright spot in an otherwise down season for the Warriors.

The Villanova product averaged 13.9 points and 4.6 rebounds per game while 49.7 percent from the field. Paschall's ability to score and defensive versatility make him an ideal role player for the Warriors as they look to restart the dynasty next season.

Paschall will take on a lesser role next season, but he'll have a much easier time finding open shots than he did during his rookie campaign with Curry and Thompson back and healthy.

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