Question: Can Draymond Green and Eric Paschall play together?

This is a big question facing the Warriors about the future. Eric Paschall has proven to be a second-round steal. He is composed on court and he has the temperament to get buckets in crunch time. He has a powerful, sturdy scoring game where he muscles the ball in through contact, and can hit resourceful midrange shots. He has odd movement in his jump shot and it is unreliable from 3 (28.7% 3P%).

And that’s on offense. There’s another question about Paschall’s defense, which is going to need to improve for him to make his best impact.

Drew Schiller wrote:

"I don't think that's really a big issue because if Draymond is on the floor, he just guards anybody he wants because he's that good," Golden State's coach said recently on "The TK Show" podcast with Tim Kawakami of The Athletic. "If we decide to play him at the five and Eric at the four, we're gonna have a lot of shooting on the floor next to those guys -- and play-making -- and I think that's a combination that can work.

"I think there's no doubt Eric is better as a four than he is as a three. He's much more comfortable at that spot. But there are ways to fit that in to what we're gonna do next year. And then there are also things that we can do to try to help him get better so he can play the three."

Marcus Thompson II adds:

Over the Warriors’ last six games, he has averaged 21 points, 58.2 percent shooting and, staggeringly, 5.2 assists. The Warriors went 3-3 in those games. In four of them, they outscored the opponent while Paschall was on the floor. This productive, efficient and unselfish version of the forward seems to have come out of nowhere. Even when he was making waves as a surprisingly good newcomer early this season, it didn’t look like this. 

It is not a coincidence Paschall has taken off while Draymond Green has been out. Green has played a total of 9:44 over the last six games. He’s been on the court with Paschall for just 2:55 of that. Green’s absence has created a window for Paschall to flourish. Why?

No Green means Paschall has gotten more minutes at power forward as the second big man in the offense. That’s Paschall’s best position in today’s NBA.

But also, the absence of Russell and no Green has also meant more time for Paschall to have the ball in his hands. And with fewer bigs on the court and more shooters for defenses to cover, he has more space to go with the opportunity. 

So… what do you all think?

Are Paschall and Dray going to thrive together in the same lineup?


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