When Warriors rookie Eric Paschall attacks the rim, you hardly ever see him leave the ground off one foot.
The No. 41 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft almost always explodes towards the basket off both legs.
That is by design.
"I actually used to be a one-foot jumper," Paschall told NBC Sports Bay Area during a Zoom conversation Monday afternoon. "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."
The two-foot jumping is working.
Can’t help but laugh at the highlight Eric Paschall posted to Instagram to express how much he misses basketball ... 🤣 pic.twitter.com/2SCnVxiU6Q— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) March 23, 2020
Eric Paschall is a beast. It’s silly pic.twitter.com/UNq0MZmY27— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) March 8, 2020
People don’t think Eric Paschall is very athletic because he’s a two-foot jumper and doesn’t get highlight reel dunks in transition. Dude is a beast pic.twitter.com/n0qEoMomuA— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) January 17, 2020
Paschall referenced two specific injuries that impacted his mindset.
In August 2014, Paul George suffered a compound fracture to his right leg when he tried to block a James Harden transition layup attempt during a USA Basketball intrasquad scrimmage.
And during an Elite 8 matchup in the 2013 NCAA Tournament, Louisville guard Kevin Ware sustained a gruesome leg injury when he landed on his right leg after contesting a 3-point shot.
"Those two scarred me," Paschall said. "So then I was like, 'I'm not jumping off one foot.' After that -- mentally -- I've just been like, 'You better jump off two.' I know where my feet are gonna be (and) you're under control more.
"I can still do certain dunks off of one foot. But I just don't jump off one foot. It scares me."
There's no reason to jump off one foot when you can do this:
I can watch clips of Eric Paschall dunking off two feet all day long. It’s just silly pic.twitter.com/oN7AWbB1qa— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) March 4, 2020
"Nobody really jumps off two feet like that," Paschall explained. "I've seen a few of my dunks and it's just like ... there's no way someone will block that. I rose up so fast."