Steve Kerr reveals huge expectation for Eric Paschall: “There’s no reason why he can’t become P.J. Tucker defensively”

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Steve Kerr opened up about Eric Paschall’s ability to grow further in his second season with the Golden State Warriors. Kerr revealed his expectations for the sophomore forward.

“He had a great rookie season, did a lot of really good things,” Kerr said in an interview with Monte Poole of the NBC Sports. “And I think a player’s biggest improvement usually comes between year one and two, because now he has a feel for what he can and cannot do, and what needs to happen to take the next step.”

The three-time NBA champion as a coach of the Warriors wants Paschall to become an elite defensive force in the near future.

“Eric showed us a lot of his offensive skill work,” Kerr continued. “But what we need now is for him to become a defensive force. It’s a physical league. You’ve got to be able to guard multiple guys, and he’s got the ability to do that. There’s no reason why he can’t become P.J. Tucker defensively. He’s got a similar body, got the strength to fend off bigger guys, and he’s got speed to stay in front of guards.”

The 2019 second-round pick averaged 14.0 points and 4.6 rebounds in 27.6 minutes per game on his way to earning a spot on the 2019-2020 All-Rookie First Team.