Warriors coach Steve Kerr reveals major expectation for Eric Paschall in Year 2
It’s safe to say Eric Paschall is the lone bright spot for the Golden State Warriors during their chaotic 2019-20 campaign. The 2019 second-round pick averaged 14.0 points and 4.6 rebounds in 27.6 minutes per game on his way to earning a spot on the All-Rookie First Team.
Warriors head coach Steve Kerr was deeply encouraged by Paschall’s performance in his first year, and he expects the forward to play an even bigger role next campaign — possibly for a championship contender.
“He had a great rookie season, did a lot of really good things,” the Warriors tactician told Monte Poole of NBC Sports. “And I think a player’s biggest improvement usually comes between year one and two, because now he has a feel for what he can and cannot do, and what needs to happen to take the next step.”
For what it’s worth though, Kerr issued a specific challenge to the Warriors youngster to improve his impact on the defensive end.
“Eric showed us a lot of his offensive skill work,” Kerr added. “But what we need now is for him to become a defensive force. It’s a physical league. You’ve got to be able to guard multiple guys, and he’s got the ability to do that. There’s no reason why he can’t become P.J. Tucker defensively. He’s got a similar body, got the strength to fend off bigger guys and he’s got speed to stay in front of guards…But it takes a commitment to become that.”
The Warriors will have higher expectations across the board next season. Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson will be back after an injury-riddled campaign, and the team owns the no. 2 pick in the upcoming draft.
Not to mention that Andrew Wiggins will also have his first full chance to play with a health Dubs roster.
It remains to be seen how Eric Paschall will figure into the equation, but it sure looks like Steve Kerr has a plan for him.