When the NBA season closed more than a year ago, Eric Paschall’s place in the Warriors’ rotation was much more secure than it is now.
Roster changes, injuries, and the 2019 second-round pick’s own play secured him a regular role, even earning All-Rookie first-team honors after a season in which he averaged 14.0 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists in just 28 minutes per day. game. Paschall admitted Wednesday that his second season has been something of a “roller coaster,” with the 24-year-old arguably hitting a low point from that trip Tuesday after failing to play in Golden State’s loss to the 76ers. Philadelphia
Warriors coach Steve Kerr said the Warriors weren’t planning to bench Paschall for the Sixers, but he knows it’s been a “tough stretch” for some players on the roster after another rotation renewal.
“I’ve talked to him this entire season, explained to him and he understands that last year as a rookie second-round pick, everything went well for him to get the playing time that he did,” Kerr said. de Paschall said in a video conference with reporters Wednesday. “Just with the exchanges and the injuries, circumstances fell in his way.
“This year, it’s been the complete opposite. We have tried to put him in different combinations. They haven’t always fit in perfectly and they’ve used his strengths, so he’s been in and out of the circuit as a four and a five. It’s just the how the game has fallen this year. “
Paschall and rookie James Wiseman became available to the Warriors on Tuesday after missing three games in the NBA’s coronavirus health and safety protocols. Unlike Paschall, Wiseman started Tuesday, and Kerr said before the loss that Golden State plans to start the 19-year-old for the remainder of the season.
That moved Kevon Looney to the bench, leaving far fewer potential minutes for Paschall as a small ball center, barring foul trouble from Looney and Wiseman. Instead of playing Paschall as second unit power forward, the Warriors kept Kelly Oubre Jr. and Andrew Wiggins on the floor to play alongside Looney and guards Damion Lee and Nico Mannion.
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Paschall is playing 10 fewer minutes per game this season, so his averages are down across the board. However, he is averaging more points (19.6) and rebounds (6.5) every 36 minutes this season than when he was a rookie. Some of that is down to the volume of shots, as Paschall is averaging nearly two additional field goals every 36 minutes, but the Warriors need to cheer up. Paschall has remained productive in a smaller role.
Kerr and the coaching staff have been “honest” with Paschall about his role, the Villanova product said Wednesday.
“It has to be ready,” Kerr said. “As I tell all of our guys, you have to be ready because things change quickly in the NBA.”
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