Eric Paschall didn’t have typical rookie mindset in win over Portland

Golden State Warriors rookie Eric Paschall showed Monday night why he has a good chance to be integral for his team’s future success.

In the seventh game of his career, Paschall had his best night in the league to date against the Portland Trail Blazers. He scored a career-high 34 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, becoming the first Warriors rookie since Steph Curry to score at least 30 points and grab 10 rebounds, according to Basketball Reference. 

After the game, Paschall exuded confidence, displaying the mindset that helped him score a league-high in points for rookies, according to NBA.com. 

“I feel like, again, my teammates did a great job of just finding me, and giving me that confidence,” Paschall said, per Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle. “I feel like you gotta feel like you’re the best player out there to play this game.”

Paschall won an NCAA title in 2018 while at Villanova, so he has an idea for what it takes to win. He was an important player for the Wildcats, as he was one of six players who averaged double figures in points per game (10.6). Paschall was also second on the team in rebounds per game behind Warriors teammate Omari Spellman.

Paschall is only seven games into his career, but in the past two games he’s scored 25 or more points.

He’s quickly emerged as the best rookie on Golden State’s roster, and for a team that is in the midst of a temporary rebuild, his play has been a good sign for the future.

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