A silver lining of this dismal season for the Golden State Warriors was finding out they got super lucky when they nabbed Villanova forward Eric Paschall in the second round of the draft.
Paschall has a little Draymond Green in him. He’s only 6-foot-6 but is best at the power forward position. He’s strong, moves his feet well, can score from all three levels of the court, has solid vision, and does a nice job of flashing to the paint and making himself a target for teammates. He’s simply a really solid all-around player. Will he ever be the best player on a championship team? I doubt it. But he doesn’t need to be.
Paschall is a guy who would fit in nicely next to Ayton in the frontcourt. His deep-shooting numbers were pretty bad this season (28.7 percent), but when you watch him, it doesn’t feel like he’s a bad shooter. I’m guessing as he adjusts to the NBA line, he’ll turn into an efficient, low-volume spot-up guy. As he morphs into that player, he’ll give Ayton more and more room to operate in the paint.
Original pick: 41