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Warriors’ Draymond Green on Eric Paschall falling in draft because of age — ‘That’s why a lot of GMs get fired’

Draymond Green, Eric Paschall

Although the Golden State Warriors are struggling this season, they have found several promising rookies who can be part of their long-term future. One of them is Eric Paschall.

Paschall has been a revelation for the Warriors, as he’s averaging 16.4 points on 51 percent shooting, 4.8 rebounds, and 1.4 assists. One could argue that Golden State was fortunate enough to get him with the 41st pick in this year’s draft, but one of the main reasons why he fell that far is because of his age.

The 23-year-old forward spent four years in college, and although his numbers were impressive, most teams preferred to go after prospects who are around 18 and 19 years old.

And this is something that his teammate Draymond Green doesn’t understand, per NBC Sports’ Kerith Burke.

“There’s this narrative of like, ‘This guy is too old.’ That doesn’t make sense. How many guys are like LeBron James and great at 35? It’s not realistic. If a guy can come in and help right away, it doesn’t make sense to me.”

“Draft these guys who are 18 or 19 and some of them look like f—ing idiots when they step on the NBA floor. Say, ‘Oh, we’re going to bring this guy along, he has a lot of potential.’ All potential means is somebody who ain’t done s–t. Ain’t proved nothing. I think it’s stupid.”

Of course, Green can relate to Paschall because he received the same criticism when he was drafted 35th overall back in 2012.

He was 22.

“Like coming out of the draft, ‘He’s a senior, he’s the best he’s going to be,” said Green, repeating the belief that worked against him. “Yet they say you’re in your prime at 27 to 32. But as a 22-year-old senior, you’re the best that you’re going to be?”

Obviously, Green became one of the most important players in the Warriors’ dynasty, which spanned from 2014 to 2019. And he believes Paschall also has the potential to be great in Golden State.

As for team officials who prefer to draft younger prospects over those who spend more time in college, Green has just one thing to say to them.

“That’s why a lot of GMs get fired. And coaches.”

Next up for the Warriors is a Wednesday road matchup against the Dallas Mavericks.