Warriors

Warriors

Warriors forward Eric Paschall had a very, very strong rookie season.

The No. 41 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft averaged 14.0 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists over 60 games (26 starts), while shooting just below 50 percent overall.

Over the last seven games before the season was suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic, Paschall averaged 19.7 points, 3.9 rebounds and 5.4 assists.

But as one Eastern Conference vice president told Ric Bucher of Bleacher Report:

"I don't put a whole lot of stock in what Paschall did this year. He's a rookie on a bad team. Let's see what he does when his usage rate goes down."

It's definitely fair to wonder how the 23-year-old consistently will perform when the Warriors are back at full strength.

When Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green are in uniform -- and you factor in Andrew Wiggins' presence -- Paschall's opportunities will decrease.

He will get shots and iso opportunities at times, but the offense will not run through him. The coaching staff is going to need to find ways to maximize his strengths and put him in position to succeed.

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Having said all of that -- the Villanova product absolutely showed enough to have Warriors fans and the franchise very excited about his long-term potential.

He can have an impact on the defensive end as well:

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Warriors coach Steve Kerr summed it up perfectly in mid-March when talking to Tim Kawakami of The Athletic:

"Eric Paschall looks like a guy -- because of his physical strength, his power, his confidence obviously -- we could throw into a playoff game right now and he would hold his own.

"That's one of the ways that we kind of look at players and look at the league. When you watch the two best teams in the league play in a regular season game or when you watch any playoff game -- can this player on our roster be out there? The answer with Eric for sure is a resounding yes. And that's exciting.

"To be able to get a guy like that in the second round -- and watch him grow and develop -- that alone makes this a successful season."

I'm buying Eric Paschall stock.

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