The Golden State Warriors knocked the ball out of the park with Eric Paschall, their second second-round pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.
There’s no denying this has been a tough season for the Golden State Warriors. Power forward Eric Paschall was one of the team’s only silver linings from what will be an otherwise forgettable season.
The 15-50 Warriors are the only team that was already out of playoff contention when the NBA was suspended due to COVID-19.
That said, Paschall’s success didn’t translate to wins, one reason he failed to crack the lottery when Bleacher Report’s Zach Buckley re-drafted the 2019 draft. Quite frankly, even on a team providing him minutes and empty stats, Paschall still deserved more credit.
Paschall was re-drafted at No. 16. Here’s the explanation.
“The only players from this draft averaging more points than Paschall’s 14 a night are Williamson, Morant and Barrett. So, why does Paschall not appear until No. 16? Because these might be empty stats on the worst team in basketball, and too much of his scoring occurs inside the arc (37 threes in 60 games, 28.7 three-point percentage),” Bleacher Report’s Zach Buckley wrote after placing Paschall at No. 16.
Yes, there’s some truth to Buckley’s argument.
Paschall averaged 14 points per game, ranking fifth in the rookie class. However, his field goal percentage of rookies with over 400 attempts ranked second. That’s something that should be noted closer.
Paschall wasn’t overly impressive as a shooter or as a defender. There are points to be made that he doesn’t do enough to protect the rim or really be impactful on that side of the court, one reason Brandon Clarke was taken before him.
His limited ceiling also seems like a reason that Paschall slipped.
To be fair, that’s also the reason the developed forward wasn’t a first-round pick to begin with. While he had better numbers than Kevin Porter Jr. or Jaxson Hayes, they both have sky-high ceilings as scorers and rim-rolling playmakers.
If he can keep them up into the new seasons, then he’ll prove that he may be the real deal for the Warriors’ lacking second unit.