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Warriors forward Paschall voted to NBA's All-Rookie First Team


Warriors forward Eric Paschall did not finish in the top five when the NBA Rookie of the Year voting results were revealed about two weeks ago.

But the No. 41 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft got some good news Tuesday afternoon, as he was named to the NBA's All-Rookie First Team.

Paschall (116 points) barely edged out the Miami Heat's Tyler Herro (115 points) for the fifth and final spot.

The Villanova product averaged 14.0 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists over 60 games, while shooting just under 50 percent from the field.

He was even better down the stretch, averaging 19.7 points, 3.9 rebounds and 5.4 assists over Golden State's last seven games, while shooting 55 percent overall and 35 percent from 3-point territory.

Golden State coach Steve Kerr in mid-March offered a glowing assessment of the 23-year-old's first year in the NBA.

"That's one of the ways that we kind of look at players and look at the league. When you watch the two best teams in the league play in a regular-season game or when you watch any playoff game -- can this player on our roster be out there?" Steve Kerr said to The Athletic's Tim Kawakami. "The answer with Eric for sure is a resounding yes. And that's exciting.

"To be able to get a guy like that in the second round -- and watch him grow and develop -- that alone makes this a successful season."

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