The last time Omari Spellman and Eric Paschall were in the same frontcourt, great things happened.
They were both part of the 2018 Villanova Wildcats team that stormed their way past the competition in the NCAA Tournament, winning their second title in a three-year stretch that dated back to 2016.
Now, they will be teammates again. This time, it will be for the Golden State Warriors.
Sources: Atlanta is trading C/F Omari Spellman to the Golden State Warriors.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 8, 2019
According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, the Atlanta Hawks are trading Spellman to the Warriors. Initial reports suggest that the Hawks and Warriors are swapping reserve big men, as Damian Jones will be going to Atlanta, while Spellman heads west.
Spellman is gearing up for his second season in the NBA. His first season was an up-and-down one. He saw valuable minutes early on a young Atlanta team, before being sent down to the G-League for a bit, as he struggled to maintain his weight. Some reports said he came in above 290 pounds.
He played in 46 games last season with the Hawks, averaging 17.5 minutes per appearance. He finished the year with 5.9 points and 4.2 rebounds per game. He shot 40.2 percent overall and hovered around the 34 percent mark from long range.
So far in Summer League, we’ve seen the good and the bad of Spellman. In his first outing, he struggled to score, finishing with only eight points on 3-of-13 shooting. He did collect eight boards, and three blocks.
On Sunday, he had a much better game, bouncing-back to the tune of a team-high 16-point performance during the Hawks’ lopsided loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves. He was much more efficient, shooting 7-of-12 on the floor, while tallying eight rebounds, and three blocks.
It’ll be interesting to see what kind of role he’ll be able to carve out with the Warriors and to see him and Paschall back on the same team again.