Warriors rookie Eric Paschall reveals why he became a two-foot jumper
Golden State Warriors rookie power forward Eric Paschall used to jump with just one foot on the ground, but he decided to change the way the attacks.
In a Zoom interview with NBC Sports Bay Area (per Drew Shiller), the former second-round pick from the 2019 draft out of Villanova explained why he is now using both feet to elevate himself off the floor.
“I actually used to be a one-foot jumper,” the Warriors rookie shared. “I’m scared of getting hurt. I feel like with one foot you never know what’s gonna happen.
“So that’s why I’ve become a very two-foot jumper because I know where my legs are gonna be. With one foot, somebody could bump you — one leg comes down … that scares me.”
Eric Paschall, who was the lone bright spot on the Warriors’ dim 2019-20 season, averaged 14.0 points and 4.6 rebounds in 27.6 minutes per game. He appeared in 60 contests for the Dubs before the coronavirus public-health crisis forced the NBA into a hiatus last March.
Paschall has mainly come off the bench for former Defensive Player of the Year, three-time champion, and All-Star forward Draymond Green.
The 23-year-old has a decent shot to make the All-Rookie First Team when the NBA’s strange season finally concludes. In changing his technique while shooting close range to the hoop, the Warriors’ rising star hopes to further preserve his body and health and avoid nasty collisions — some of which cannot be avoided.
The Warriors were a dismal 15-50 when the NBA suspended operations last month, possessing both the worst record in the Western Conference and in the entire league. They have a 14.0 percent chance at the first overall pick in the 2020 draft.