Warriors’ Eric Paschall flattered by Draymond Green comparisons, but knows reaching that level is a high bar
Golden State Warriors rookie Eric Paschall has been flattered by the comparisons to starter Draymond Green, much like him a four-year college product with a proven record of a great motor and high-tilt level of competitiveness.
It didn’t take long for Green to reach out to the rook, texting Paschall and doing his due diligence as front office ambassador after giving his input to president Bob Myers, as he has in the last few offseasons.
“Thank you,” Paschall recalled texting back, according to Mark Medina of the San Jose Mercury News. “I’m willing to learn from you.”
Paschall wasn’t the only rookie compared to Green. Only two years ago, a young Jordan Bell received the same praise coming out of Oregon after getting the mythical 5-by-5 feat in a Summer League game, a feat Green himself had yet to achieve.
“I see it as flattering. But at the same time, there is a lot I have to do to reach that and be that type of player,” said Paschall, who added he also studies LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Paul Millsap. “He’s a heck of a player. He does everything for the team. I just want to be part of the Warriors. It helps me out a lot that I can learn from a guy like that.”
The comparison could ring hollow if one is to compare Paschall to the finished product, but it’s a fair one if it pertains to Green coming out of college. Both players have a deep motor, incredible competitiveness, and a well-rounded arsenal of tools as undersized power forwards who played all four years for a reputable college program.
Both players are a coach’s dream in terms of leadership, and while Paschall doesn’t have the loudness of Green, there is plenty of energy for the Villanova product to put out on the court.