Besides all of the injuries, Eric Paschall has been the story of the Warriors' season so far.
The rookie is averaging 16.7 points and 4.8 rebounds per game, while shooting 52 percent overall.
The No. 41 overall pick racked up 30 points and seven rebounds Sunday night in New Orleans, on a very efficient 10-for-17 from the field.
Not bad for a guy who doesn't have a clue what he's doing when he takes the floor (sarcasm font).
"Sometimes he can get a little lost out there, not knowing where to go," Draymond Green told reporters after Golden State's 108-100 loss. "Just trying to help him find his spacing.
"Right now, he’s just scoring off raw talent. He really don’t know how to play the NBA game. As he figures out more and more the NBA game, how to get fouled, he’ll get better and better.”
Paschall certainly got fouled against the Pelicans, as he shot a career-high 10 free throws (he made eight to put him at just over 84 percent on the year).
The three-time All-Star clearly is trying to motivate the 23-year-old and wants him to stay hungry.
Draymond assisted Paschall on three buckets Sunday, and you better believe that he is going to do everything he can to help the rookie continue to grow:
Just want to see Draymond and Paschall play 100 minutes together every game pic.twitter.com/0FwpjCRA5r— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) November 18, 2019
Eric Paschall getting the superstar treatment, as Ken Mauer blew his whistle after the ball landed out of bounds pic.twitter.com/CA5VEyfVDf— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) November 18, 2019
Furthermore, you got to love this aggression:
Eric Paschall wanted to dunk this. That mentality is going to do him well throughout his career pic.twitter.com/zu7cWzz3TY— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) November 18, 2019
Paschall probably doesn't have much of a chance to win Rookie of the Year, but at this rate he absolutely will make one of the two All-Rookie teams (quite possibly First Team).
The opportunities will keep coming.
“Where we are right now, without D’Lo (D'Angelo Russell), we have to continue to find ways to get Eric the ball in different situations,” coach Steve Kerr said. “Because he’s our best scorer.”
We all saw that coming before the season started, right?