Eric Paschall was traded by the Golden State Warriors to the Utah Jazz for a future second-round pick, as Paschall leaves the team that drafted him after two seasons.
Paschall had a great rookie year, averaging 14.0 points on nearly 50 percent shooting from the floor with Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, and Klay Thompson largely out of the fold. He made the All-Rookie first team despite being the 41st pick in the draft.
Paschall maintained the scoring efficiency field-goal-wise his second year, but the points dropped with Curry back in the fold.
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Paschall will team up with his childhood best friend Donovan Mitchell in Utah, as both come from the greater New York City area. Mitchell and Paschall also played on the same AAU team.
Paschall was clearly not a long-term fit in Golden State, as Green still handles the bulk of the minutes at the power forward position.
In Utah, Paschall will have a chance to carry over some of the chemistry he and Mitchell have developed since they were young, and a change of scenery could serve Paschall well.
Paschall knows a thing or two about winning, as he and the Villanova Wildcats won the NCAA National Championship in 2018, being a part of one of the greatest college basketball teams of all time.
That’s why many were surprised he slipped so deep into the second round, including his longtime friend.
“Bro, you worked your a** off to get here,”
“Don’t let 41 get in your head, bro. I’m telling you, don’t let that s*** get in your head, bro. Real s***, alright? You are one in 450 dudes in this world. Four-hundred and fifty, bro.”
In Utah, he’ll have plenty of spacing to work with on his jumpers, as Rudy Gobert will command significant attention inside and Mitchell, Mike Conley, Joe Ingles, and Bojan Bogdanovic all spacing out the floor.
Paschall isn’t the greatest 3-point shooter, but he can make defenders pay with his mid-range jumper and ability to drive to the rim.
The Jazz themselves are coming off a season in which they earned the best record in the league, but they still couldn’t get past the second round, ultimately falling to the Los Angeles Clippers in six games.
The Jazz have all of the pieces in play, but the Western Conference is tough, so they’re going to need to generate enough offense in addition to their stout defense to get past some of the tougher teams in their conference.
The Los Angeles Lakers loaded up with a whole new superteam, and the Clippers should figure to be right back in the mix should Kawhi Leonard return healthy at some point.
The Phoenix Suns will be running it back with largely the same team as well, as will the Denver Nuggets.
If Mitchell can continue his rise as one of the league’s best stars and if Gobert, Conley and other role players can effectively play their roles, then the Jazz will be one tough out next year.
Did you Know?
Donovan Mitchell and Eric Paschall were teammates in their youth. Check out this video on the Utah Jazz website where they discuss this topic and have a good time like when they were kids. That is so cool.
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Jazz rookie Jared Butler (conditioning) will not play in the Las Vegas Summer League, according to Jazz GM Justin Zanik.
“I kind of feel like if Vegas was 10 days later … then he’d play,” Zanik said. “But he hasn’t had contact in a while. There’s no need to have his first contact be in competitive live games.” The idea is for Butler to continue ramping up his activity, adjust to contact during open gym sessions in September, and be ready to go for the start of training camp.
SOURCE: Deseret News
Aug 6, 2021, 8:00 PM ET
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Trent Forest scored 19 points on 8-of-11 shooting (2-of-3 3-pointers) with seven assists, four rebounds, and one steal as the Utah Jazz White squad beat the San Antonio Spurs 87-58 on Tuesday night.
The Jazz have two separate teams for their summer league round-robin stye tournament, and the white squad is the one with most of the Jazz’s young prospects. On Tuesday Forest led the way, but Utah also got contributions from Juwan Morgan who scored 13 points, and Udoka Azubuike who tallied eight points and grabbed 14 rebounds. Devonte Green scored 10 points, while Jarrell Brantley and Elijah Hughes scored seven points each in the win.
Aug 4, 2021, 12:15 AM ET
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Free-agent center Hassan Whiteside has agreed to a deal with the Utah Jazz according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
Whiteside is coming off of a lackluster season in Sacramento appearing in just 36 games after battling injury most of the year. After averaging a double-double in six straight seasons, Whiteside averaged just 8.1 points and 6.0 rebounds with 1.3 blocks per game in just 15.0 minutes. He will now head to Utah to backup star big man Rudy Gobert after the Jazz traded Derrick Favors to OKC. No need to worry about Whiteside from a fantasy perspective to start the season, but should he get going, he could be a solid waiver wire pickup at some point.