Steve Kerr on Eric Paschall after 30-point night: ‘He’s our best scorer’
Golden State Warriors rookie forward Eric Paschall put up yet another 30-point effort in Sunday’s loss to the New Orleans Pelicans. The 23-year-old scored early and often after getting the start as head coach Steve Kerr shifted Draymond Green to the point guard slot, making one thing clear for the helmsman.
“Where we are right now, without D’Lo, we have to continue to find ways to get Eric the ball in different situations,” said Kerr after the game, according to Anthony Slater of The Athletic. “Because he’s our best scorer.”
The Warriors have lost seven straight games, but they are developing Paschall amply, blessed with opportunities to play big-time minutes and through his mistakes on the floor.
“I think he can (take more shots),” Green said of Paschall. “I think it’s about finding the right spot to be in. Sometimes he can get a little lost out there, not knowing where to go. Just trying to help him find his spacing. Right now, he’s just scoring off raw talent. He really don’t know how to play the NBA game. As he figures out more and more the NBA game, how to get fouled, he’ll get better and better.”
Green’s move to point guard was not only due to D’Angelo Russell’s absence, but also to give Paschall the ability to flourish at his natural power forward position. Green has been playing position-less basketball for five years now, and a move to the point guard position wouldn’t change much for a team scrapping for wins.
Paschall has shown a solid jumper, good instincts when it comes to shot selection, and an uncanny ability to get to the foul line, so far knocking down 84.2% of his shots from the foul line for the best free-throw shooting team in the league.