A lot of players in the NBA have now perfected the Euro step move. From players like James Harden to Giannis Antetokounmpo, more and more are incorporating the move to their game. But there was a time when most NBA players weren’t doing that move.
Former San Antonio Spurs player Manu Ginobili is one player who helped bring the move to the NBA. Ginobili had a successful NBA career playing with the Spurs winning multiple NBA championships.
Ginobili coming to the NBA
Ginobili had a successful career overseas before he made the transition to the NBA. The Spurs drafted Ginobili in the second round of the 1999 NBA draft. They took him with the second to last pick. The organization would benefit from making that pick. Ginobili made his debut with the Spurs during the 2002-03, and that’s when it all started.
In his first season playing with the Spurs, he was an NBA champion. He averaged 7.6 points per game during the regular season and averaged 9.4 points in the playoffs. The southpaw was named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team.
After his rookie season, Ginobili started to become more comfortable with the pace and play of the NBA, and he began to see his numbers increase. In 2005 he made his first All-Star appearance, and he also won his second title with the Spurs. He was starting to become an essential player for Greg Popovich.
Ginobili was a team player, and he accepted any role that he was given to him. Whether it was coming off the bench or being put in the starting lineup, he was ready for the job. He won the NBA Sixth Man of the Year award in 2008 and also was named to the All-NBA Third Team. Ginobili would become a fan favorite in San Antonio, and his game was respected by a lot of players and coaches throughout the league.
Perfecting the Euro step
This particular move was used a lot overseas, and that’s where Ginobili perfected the move. He decided to bring that move over to the NBA, and it worked out well for him. The Euro step involves a player taking two long steps with the ball in his possession while they are going for a basket or looking to pass.
When Ginobili first started doing the move, people did not know if it was a travel or not. But the more and more he did it and perfect it, it started to become part of his game. Not too long after were other players around the league picking up on the move and putting it in their style of play.
Before you know it, almost all the players, no matter what position they played, were doing the Euro step. To see how much the one moved has changed, the game is a sight to see. Players use that move to create space and try to get away from their defenders.
Ginobili will always be remembered for this move
It’s only a matter of time until Ginobili will be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. He made a significant impact on the game of basketball, especially coming from overseas. He was a player that gave his all on the court every game.
His game was very polished, and the Euro step just made it that much better. That move will continue to be used by basketball players for many years.