The Warriors got a steal when they took former Villanova forward Eric Paschall with the No. 41 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.
But if you re-drafted the 2019 class based on their stats so far in the suspended 2019-20 season, Paschall wouldn’t be a member of the Warriors.
Heck, he wouldn’t even make it to the second round of the draft.
Usually, we don’t do re-drafts until a few years after class has had a chance to prove itself, but with the season on hold, Bleacher Report’s Zach Buckley decided to conduct the re-draft Monday.
Based purely on stats, Paschall has an argument to be a top-five pick in a re-draft, but Buckley has Paschall going No. 16 overall to the Orlando Magic.
Why so low?
“The only players from this draft averaging more points than Paschall’s 14 a night are [Zion] Williamson, [Ja] Morant and [RJ] Barrett,” Buckley wrote. “So, why does Paschall not appear until No. 16? Because these might be empty stats on the worst team in basketball, and too much of his scoring occurs inside the arc (37 threes in 60 games, 28.7 three-point percentage).”
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Paschall has been one of the few bright spots for the Warriors in a 15-50 season. In 60 games (26 starts), 14.0 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 27.6 minutes. Only two other second-round draft picks are averaging at least 5.0 points per game, Charlotte’s Cody Martin (5.0) and Chicago’s Daniel Gafford (5.1).
Not only would Paschall not be a Warrior, but neither would Jordan Poole, who Golden State picked No. 28 overall. Instead of Poole, Buckley has the Warriors re-drafting former Maryland center Bruno Fernando.
“The Hawks don’t give Fernando a ton of floor time, but his per-36-minutes marks argue they should consider it,” Buckley wrote. “On that scale, the 21-year-old is a walking double-double (12.1 points and 10.0 rebounds).”
Fernando, who was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers and later traded to the Atlanta Hawks, is averaging 4.3 points and 3.5 rebounds in 56 games this season.
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It’s safe to say the Warriors happy with the way the real life draft turned out. Paschall looks like a valuable piece for a team that hopes to contend in 2020-21, and Poole showed flashes of being a good role player off the bench for coach Steve Kerr.
Sorry Orlando, you can’t have Paschall.
Eric Paschall doesn’t make it to Warriors at No. 41 in 2019 NBA Re-Draft originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area