Euro Step; Basketball (2 Videos)

Euro Step:

The Euro step or Eurostep is a basketball move in which an offensive player picks up his dribble, takes a step in one direction, and then quickly takes a second step in another direction. It is intended to allow the offensive player to evade a defender and attack the basket.

Jonathan Abrams, writer from the New York Times tell us that "...the move is a crafty way to distribute the two steps allocated to a player after he stops dribbling, and it goes right to the edge of being a traveling violation. ..."

Anecdotal reports indicate that officials not familiar with the move may call it a violation. Today, the Euro step is often used when a player drives to the hoop, and it can be especially effective when a shorter guard takes on a taller forward or center.

Manu Ginobili Euro Step

Developed in European basketball, the move is generally accepted to have been brought to the NBA by Lithuanian Šarūnas Marčiulionis, though there is footage of Elgin Baylor performing a similar move in an early-1960s game, possibly before Marčiulionis was born, as well as Julius Erving in a 1974 ABA playoff game, and Archie Clark in a 1972 ABA vs. NBA All-Star Game.

The move was popularized in North America in the 2000s by Argentine Manu Ginóbili, who arrived in the NBA from the Italian league. It has since been adopted by many American-born players, among them James Harden, Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo, as well as Slovenian point guard Goran Dragić and French center Rudy Gobert. Noted college coach John Calipari is also known for teaching the move; among his former players who frequently use the move in the NBA are Derrick Rose, Tyreke Evans, and John Wall.

How many steps is a Euro step ?

Legal Move – “Euro-Step” Travel at the end of the dribble, player takes 3 steps after gathering the ball. This is an example of a legal offensive move that is not a traveling violation. Upon gathering the ball, an offensive player may legally take two steps before he must release the ball on a pass or shot attempt.

Is a eurostep a travel?

The big debate about the Euro step is whether or not it is an illegal move and is actually traveling. Many folks are passionate on both sides of this issue. I believe the truth of the matter lies, as it does with other suspect traveling moves, in the knowledge of which foot is the pivot foot when the dribble ends.

James Harden Euro Step


140315 ~ About the James Harden' Euro Step

An emerging James Harden drew many comparisons to Manu Ginóbili for obvious reasons, but the move that most noticed was the Eurostep. Now, he's in and possibly leading MVP discussions and he's still shaking guys up with that move. I didn't know exactly how to differentiate them but in every play, you'll notice one of these two things: the rip/windmill move and the sidestep/step-through.

For this video, I didn't go all the way back to his Thunder days (I don't even think any of these are from earlier than 2013) but there was more than enough. This isn't by any means a comprehensive compilation but remarkably, there are no James Harden Eurostep videos out there, so here's mine.

For the record, let's be real here: a few of these are travels. The footwork is impressive and James has been in the league a little while, so he knows how to get away with certain things. You can comment below on whether or not it's a travel, but the fact is that these were not called, so you know, if you won't celebrate his footwork, at least acknowledge he's doing it well enough to get away with it.
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How to do the EuroStep in Basketball  (external link)

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