After a stellar rookie season, Golden State Warriors’ forward Eric Paschall headlines the 2019-20 NBA All-Rookie First Team.
After somehow falling out of the first round and to the Golden State Warriors in the 2019 NBA Draft, Eric Paschall proves all the teams that passed up on him wrong as he was selected to the 2019-20 NBA All-Rookie First Team on Tuesday.
Paschall narrowly edged out Tyler Herro of the Miami Heat by a single vote for First-Team honors and is extremely deserving of this prestigious honor.
In an injury-plagued and lost season for Golden State, Eric Paschall stepped up big time, providing veteran leadership for a young Warriors team. During his days at Villanova, Paschall was known for being a leader for the Wildcats, as he was a major piece to their 2018 National Championship run.
This past season for the Warriors, Eric Paschall averaged 14.0 points and 4.6 rebounds per game, while shooting 49.7 percent from the floor.
He trailed only Marquese Chriss and Andrew Wiggins on the Warriors in player efficiency rating (a league measure of per-minute production, league average: 15.0) at 14.5 and finished second on the team at the end of the year in win shares (league estimate of the number of wins contributed to team) at 2.1 wins.
He also played in the most games for the Warriors this past season as he played in 60 games, missing only five in total. After a very productive rookie season and earning First-Team All-Rookie honors, where does Paschall go from here?
With Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green fully healthy, along with Andrew Wiggins and the No. 2 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft as newcomers to the Warriors, Eric Paschall will likely be the sixth or seventh man in the Warriors rotation for the 2020-21 season, but he will be a major contributor off the bench.
Golden State loves the upside Eric Paschall brings to the organization and Steve Kerr had the following to say about Eric Paschall’s rookie accomplishments:
“I am really happy for Eric to be recognized for his play this year because he had a fantastic rookie season… really he came into this league ready to play. He’s got the size and the speed and explosion to have made an impact already at this level, we really feel like he got a lot better too so it is exciting to have Eric as a member of the Warriors and exciting to think about his future in the league.”
With the Warriors fully healthy and eager to get back on the court for the 2020-21 NBA season, expect to see Eric Paschall play a similar role for the Warriors in his second season in the league.
He most likely will not start in any games, assuming the core for Golden State stays healthy, but his impact will be felt in the second unit. He will be a player Golden State looks to build with for years to come.