The Golden State Warriors were expecting Eric Paschall to come in and help the team’s depth. But, I don’t think they were expected him to take off as he did. The 23-year-old was easily the best-value pick of the entire draft.
Taken with the 41st pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, Paschall averaged 14.0 points per game his rookie season.
With ample opportunity, Paschall made the most of it and became a competent slasher. His athletic presence also helped him tower over larger defenders. After all, the Villanova product is only 6-foot-6 yet plays like he’s 6-foot-11.
Paschall averaged the fifth-most points per game behind RJ Barrett, Kendrick Nunn, Ja Morant and Zion Williamson. That’s pretty good company. With the second-best field goal percentage in the group, Paschall has already cemented himself as a pillar for the Warriors.
He is a prime example of what added collegiate seasons can do you a player. Paschall was terrific and should benefit from a more reserve role next season with Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson returning.
At large, the 2019 draft class was a pretty solid one for the Golden State Warriors.