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Rookie Eric Paschall on new Golden State Warriors teammate Andrew Wiggins: 'The tools are crazy ... I like him a lot'

CHICAGO - Andrew Wiggins has only played three games with the Golden State Warriors, but he's already getting rave reviews.

The Warriors didn't have as many All-Star representatives as they've had in the past few seasons, but rookie Eric Paschall, who's been a pleasant surprise for the Dubs this season, spoke about his new teammate and what he brings to the table after the 2020 NBA Rising Stars game in Chicago.

"His athletic ability ... I mean, the tools are crazy," Paschall told NBA.com about his initial thoughts on Wiggins. "He's a great dude, real quiet, but once you talk to him he's a really cool dude.

"I like him a lot."

Wiggins came to the Warriors with 2021 first-round and second-round draft picks in a trade deadline day deal for D'Angelo Russell, Omari Spellman, Jacob Evans and a protected draft pick.

In his three outings, Wiggins is averaging 23.0 points and 4.0 assists on 57.5% shooting from the field and 53.3% from three.

The fresh start in Golden State gives Wiggins the potential to finally live up to the lofty expectations placed on him when he was selected first overall in the 2014 NBA Draft. As NBA.com's Scott Rafferty points out, the Warriors when fully healthy provide an intriguing opportunity for the 24-year-old Canadian.

Until then, his new teammates continue to be marvelled by his raw talent, excited that he's now in the Bay Area.

"I feel like defensive ability, versatility, being able to guard," Paschall continued when asked what excites him about Wiggins. "Just him as a person, his tools are crazy, long arms, super athletic, knows how to play the game.

"He'll be a lot of fun to play with."

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