The NBA has been around for over 70 years now. Over its illustrious lifespan, its players have dazzled fans everywhere with some of the most amazing basketball moves. The aim of the game is to score more points than the opposition but the path to that aim is completely flexible and players are free to put their spins on every thing they do. Since the level of basketball is so high in the NBA, all the players and their moves in the league are extraordinary when compared to normal people. However, over the course of time, some players have really managed to stand out and made certain moves, their very own. So much so that we can’t talk about those moves without mentioning the players. Let’s take a look at four of them.
#1. Rajon Rondo’s Fake Pass
Rondo by no means is the creator of this move and it had been done in the NBA a few times before his arrival. However, he was the one who really popularized it and made it his own. Throughout his career, Rondo has always been very cerebral and famous for playing mind games with his opponents. Perhaps no other move exhibits that quality better than this. His combination of gigantic hands and a humongous wingspan helps him execute this move with ease. His great passing ability makes opponents fall for his fake every time because they just can’t risk him passing the ball to an open man. Philadelphia 76ers’ young superstar Ben Simmons has also adopted this move into his game now.
#2. Manu Ginobili’s Eurostep
Manu Ginobili is not the first person to do the Eurostep in the NBA. Nor is he the first player to join the NBA from the Euroleague. In fact, he is not even European. However the Argentine is definitely the player who turned the Eurostep into what it is today. More and more players are including the Eurostep into their game and superstars like James Harden and Giannis Antetokounmpo have turned it into a deadly weapon. However, they both can thank Ginobili for popularizing this move in the NBA. Throughout his career, Ginobili was known for his fearless and flashy playing style. The extremely fluid and elusive Eurostep was one of the most flashy aspects of his game. On top of being flashy, it’s also one of the most effective moves in the NBA. When you don’t want to create contact with a defender and risk an offensive foul, you can just go around them. It’s also extremely useful against disciplined and clever defenders who always jump straight up. Even though it is being used by many players today, nobody did it better or made it look as slick as Manu Ginobili.
#3. Magic Johnson’s No Look Pass
The 1980s Los Angeles Lakers or the ‘Showtime’ Lakers played the most entertaining brand of basketball in NBA history. None of that would’ve been possible without the magic of , well, Magic Johnson. His trademark move was the ‘no look pass’, where he would pass the ball to a teammate away from his direct line of sight, confusing the opponents and delighting the fans. As far as creativity in playmaking goes, no one has ever surpassed Magic Johnson’s level. His court vision was way ahead of his time and nobody could keep up with him. After every defensive rebound, it was quite likely that Magic Johnson will find a way for the Lakers to score before anybody on the other team could even react.
#4. Stephen Curry’s Long Threes
In the recent years of the NBA, nobody has revolutionized the game as much as Golden State Warriors’ superstar sniper Stephen Curry. He ushered in the era of analytics and the three point shot where it now makes up for 35-40% of a team’s attempted field goals in a game. The biggest reason behind this has been the influence of Curry and the Golden State Warriors. Curry consistently takes and makes shots from 25 or even 30 feet during Games. During the 2015-16 NBA season, when he became the first ever unanimous Most Valuable Player (MVP) award winner, he made 67% of his shots from beyond 28 feet. His efficiency and accuracy from such distance is mind boggling and it shockingly makes sense. Since defenders don’t usually guard players from that distance, he was usually wide open for all those shots. Other players like the Portland Trailblazers’ Damian Lillard has also become a lethal shooter from extremely long range. Such shots put an incredible amount of pressure on the defence and it’s the reason why the ‘High Pick & Roll’ is the most effective play of the Warriors.