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.
Reminder: Early in the morning on draft day, the Warriors sent a 2024 2nd round pick and $1.3 million to the Hawks in exchange for the No. 41 overall pick = Eric Paschall (36 points and 13 rebounds tonight on his 23rd birthday)— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) November 5, 2019
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.
Eric Paschall is a beast. It’s silly pic.twitter.com/UNq0MZmY27— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) March 8, 2020
Imagine how much space Eric Paschall is gonna have to attack the basket next season when Steph AND Klay are out there (watch how Lowry doesn’t try to stop Paschall because he’s worried about staying attached to Steph) pic.twitter.com/2cXEV8LqpM— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) March 6, 2020
People don’t think Eric Paschall is very athletic because he’s a two-foot jumper and doesn’t get highlight reel dunks in transition. Dude is a beast pic.twitter.com/n0qEoMomuA— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) January 17, 2020
I can watch clips of Eric Paschall dunking off two feet all day long. It’s just silly pic.twitter.com/oN7AWbB1qa— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) March 4, 2020
This is a reallllllllllllly nice pass from Eric Paschall to Alec Burks for 3 pic.twitter.com/2sdfzp4SCb— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) January 9, 2020
Eric Paschall first makes a great read to blow up the transition lob. Then, he leads the break and delivers the pass to Evans for 3 pic.twitter.com/TvLZOmRPbT— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) January 14, 2020
He can have an impact on the defensive end as well:
Eric Paschall has the size and strength and quickness to be a very good wing defender (what I'm saying is -- he can thrive as a small forward) pic.twitter.com/MhVbB710BG— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) January 17, 2020
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.