Warriors' Eric Paschall explains why he became a two-foot jumper

Warriors' Eric Paschall explains why he became a two-foot jumper

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.

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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."

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There's no reason to jump off one foot when you can do this:

"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."

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What Warriors' Ron Adams believes is Alen Smailagic's best current skill

What Warriors' Ron Adams believes is Alen Smailagic's best current skill

During Alen Smailagic's rookie season with the Warriors, he showed flashes as to why Golden State traded two future second-round draft picks (2021 and 2023) to acquire him.

The No. 39 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft averaged 4.2 points and 1.9 rebounds in 9.9 minutes per game over 14 appearances.

"His best skill right now -- for a young guy, he's not afraid of the game," Warriors assistant coach Ron Adams told Tim Kawakami of The Athletic last week. "He comes into the game and he's turned on. He makes some good plays.

"That was noticeable this year. His confidence, his savvy, whatever you want to call it. It was pretty impressive."

The 19-year-old has the utmost belief in himself, and doesn't shy away from the bright lights.

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Smailagic believes he already belongs and can have a big impact on the game.

This is an important mindset to possess as it can help when things aren't going your way. And the reality is that Smailagic is far from a finished product.

"He has a ways to go," Adams said. "I think he made great strides this year. He would get in the game and the only thing he thought about was how (he was) going to get the ball into the hoop (laughter). He was just really intent on that. 

"He began to understand the game in a different way. He began to understand the game the way Steve (Kerr) likes the game to be played. I thought he improved defensively."

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It's possible that the 6-foot-10 Serbian is a consistent rotation player next season. The Warriors would be ecstatic if that comes to fruition.

But he might not have a significant role, and he could end up spending a decent amount of time in the G League with the Santa Cruz Warriors.

That is all to-be-determined.

"He's a young developing player," Adams said. "And when that's the case, you can never be surprised when things happen more quickly than you think they should in terms of development, and you can't be disappointed when they don't."

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How latest reported NBA schedule timeline could affect Warriors, draft

How latest reported NBA schedule timeline could affect Warriors, draft

The Warriors know they practically are guaranteed to land a top-five pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.

Yet they still don't know when the draft -- originally scheduled for June 25 -- actually will take place.

But the latest intel from ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski is helping us narrow down the date.

The draft typically falls on the first Thursday after the scheduled date for Game 7 of the NBA Finals. So if we assume the league maintains that format, the Warriors could be making their selections on Oct. 15.

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To reiterate, we are making an assumption here and it's possible the NBA doesn't follow its normal protocol during these very uncertain times. 

But as Woj writes:

The expectation is that the NBA draft and the opening of free agency would follow in sequential order in October, sources said.

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If we apply the same logic for the 2020 NBA Draft Lottery -- which was slated for May 19 -- you can expect it to be held in mid-September.

We might know all of the specifics as early as Thursday because that's when the NBA's Board of Governors is expected to vote on the NBA's return-to-play proposal.

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