Golden State Warriors forward Eric Paschall has been named to the 2019-20 NBA All-Rookie First Team. It’s a wonderful (and well-deserved) achievement that accurately reflects just how strong Paschall’s rookie year was.
Not many things went the Warriors way this year. Steph Curry broke his hand just four games into the season. Klay Thompson wasn’t able to return from his ACL injury. Draymond Green was banged up and looked uninspired. The D’Angelo Russell experiment didn’t work.
But Paschall — who was selected in the second round, with the number 41 pick — did work out, and represented the brightest spot in a dreary 15-50 campaign for the Dubs. The Villanova product was strong from the start, and finished the year with averages of 14.0 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 2.5 assists per game. He shot 49.7% from the field and 28.7% from beyond the arc.
Paschall is joined on the first team by Ja Morant (number 2 pick in the draft) and Brandon Clarke (number 21) of the Memphis Grizzlies, Zion Williamson (number 1) of the New Orleans Pelicans, and Kendrick Nunn (undrafted in 2018 due to concerns following a domestic battery arrest).
The second team consisted of Coby White of the Chicago Bulls (number 7 pick), Rui Hachimura of the Washington Wizards (number 9), P.J. Washington Jr. of the Charlotte Hornets (number 12), Tyler Herro of the Miami Heat (number 13), and Terence Davis II of the Toronto Raptors (undrafted).
Voting results for the NBA's All-Rookie first team pic.twitter.com/OViVGLe1p1— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) September 15, 2020
Congrats to Paschall on a wonderful accomplishment. Let’s roll the tape.