Being a Villanova fan, I watched Eric Paschall for three seasons after he transferred from Fordham. At Villanova, Eric was a dominant force who was able to get to the basket when he wanted to. In addition to his strength, Eric could shoot the ball pretty well and defend at a high level.
The Warriors selected Eric with the 41st overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. When it came to the draft process, I think teams let Eric fall due to his age. He was 22 at the time of the draft, but letting someone with this amount of talent fall to the second round was a huge mistake. Eric was able to get some decent playing time, and he didn’t disappoint. In just his seventh game, Eric put up a career-high 34 points, hit four threes, and added 13 rebounds. This game really put him on the map and showed how NBA ready he was.
As the season progressed, Eric remained in the lineup and continued to play very well. He finished his rookie year averaging 14 points per game, 4.6 rebounds per game, and 2.1 assists per game. Eric’s 14 points per game ranks fourth among rookies who were in the 2019 NBA draft. The three players in front of him were the top three picks in the draft.
Eric proved night in and night out that he not only belongs in the NBA, but will thrive in the league. He is an all-around player who can contribute in almost every situation. He can defend, attack the basket, and shoot at a decent level. It’s laughable that Eric was taken in the second round, and he is showing that he is the biggest steal of the 2019 NBA draft.