Warriors: Eric Paschall and Jordan Poole showing stellar potential

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Injuries have opened the door for coveted rookies Jordan Poole and Eric Paschall, who are both performing at a high level for the Golden State Warriors.

Finding themselves in an unrecognizable spot at the very bottom of the Western Conference, the Golden State Warriors have been plagued with countless injuries.

However, these injuries have opened the door for coveted rookies Jordan Poole and Eric Paschall, who are both performing at a high level as of late.

Starting with Paschall, the rookie was a second-round steal in this past draft for the Warriors, becoming a vital piece to the rotation. Playing as a starter for over half of his games, the 23-year-old has found himself in discussions for Rookie of the Year honors.

Scoring 13.8 points per game thus far, Paschall ranks fifth in the stat among rookies. Providing an essential offensive spark, the rookie has been averaging a nice 49.5 percent shooting from the field.

The most significant question mark of his game remains the three-point shooting, where Paschall is only connecting on 31 percent of those attempts.

Paschall is not the only rookie to make a surprising splash on the Warriors this season, however, as first-round pick Jordan Poole has been showing promise as of late.

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Starting the season off reasonably quiet, the 20-year-old has picked up his production in January, particularly during his last four games.

In this short stretch, the rookie is averaging 15.2 points per contest, and Poole has done it with some unique shooting numbers. Hitting 41.8 percent from downtown to go along with 43.2 percent of his field goals, Poole has been sensational during this set of games.

This comes as a welcomed surprise since the rookie has struggled this season with his offensive game. Connecting on 28.6 percent of his field-goal attempts as well as 26.9 percent of shots from behind the arc, this recent stretch has rejuvenated Poole’s season.

The rookie duo showcased their recent success in a 109-95 win versus the Orlando Magic in the team’s previous game.

All-Star guard D’Angelo Russell led the way with a game-high 26 points, but it was the rookies who truly stood out. The pair combined for a total of 41 points, Paschall with 20 and Poole with a career-high 21 off the bench.

With injuries to star backcourt members Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson completely altering the way this season has panned out, the rookies have taken advantage of their opportunity.

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After standing among the league’s most dominant for about five years, the Warriors now find themselves evaluating talent for the future, and it appears they have found a pair of hidden gems.