Killer Crossover and Europstep are some of the best featured moves ever. Tim Hardaway perfected the crossover during his time with RUN TMC Warriors. While Manu Ginobili has dominated the teams for years with Eurostep in San Antonio. With the two former stars inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday, the crossover crew is debating which player has the best movement on the court and which player has the best signature move in the game at the moment.
Eurostep or Killer Crossover: Who Has the Better Signature Move?
John Gonzalez: This is a tough draw for Manu. I love Manu (and especially love how long he held onto the rest of his hair). But while eurostep is amazing and has been embraced by players all over the world, I’m not sure Manu is the first person I think of when someone mentions this particular move. There were better practitioners of this art. On the other hand, Hardaway didn’t just have a good crossover or a great crossover he had the killer Crossing. This one goes to Hardaway and I’m not sure it’s particularly close.
Jarrell Harris: The killer crossover wins a landslide. While the eurostep is a revolutionary movement in its own right, crossover is perhaps one of the most influential of all. Hardaway has inspired an entire generation of ball players such as Allen Iverson, Jamal Crawford and Kyrie Irving. There are movies named after the move! All love to Manu but Hardaway wins this battle.
Chris Hering: This could go either way, but I’d go with the Hardaway crossover; Probably because – and then Iverson – it was the thing I remember most trying to imitate as a young man. During this stretch where And1 took charge during the late ’90s, every breathtaking movement seems to have begun or involved a crossover.
Robin Lundberg: This is tricky as both moves have become ubiquitous in the bags of NBA players. However, I’d go with Eurostep because as saucy as Tim’s cross was, there was always a version of that. What helped Manu revolutionize was a move that was strange to most fans and is now familiar regardless of continent, and when done right it always looks great to boot.
What’s the best signature move in the game right now?
Gonzalez: We’ll keep it in the Eurostep family and go with Giannis. It’s one thing when James Harden reveals a slow-moving Euro stride trying to make a mistake on his way to the basket. It’s another thing when Giannis—built like an armored bank truck figured out how to park and dodge—comes down the aisle with his full foot on the gas and hits a euro on someone and then ends in a furious jab. It shouldn’t be possible, but I’m glad it is.
Harris: I’m going to cheat a bit and say Stephen Curry’s three-point shot. Well… is it really such a special move because everyone does it? No, but it has revolutionized the game like we’ve never seen it before. If we were to be really specific, I would say his three-point shot is the funniest move in the NBA today.
salted fish: Good question. I honestly don’t think there is one at the moment. Several guys – Harden, Luca, LeBron – benefit from good backward steps. Wiggins used a Penny Hardaway step with a spin. Keri’s got his own bag of tricks, but apparently it wasn’t one single thing. Chris Paul uses Chamgood, and sometimes nutmeg. But I don’t know if there is a “better” at the moment.
Robin Lundberg: I’ll go with LeBron’s rockabye lookdown three pulls. Now while there should be a better, more succinct name for him, it has allowed James to get old since he no longer has to rely on him being a freight train to get his shot. And while he’s not the top scorer in the league, he seems to be able to get the space to hit the ball comfortably and consistently.
What is your favorite all-time favorite movement?
Gonzalez: This is clear to me. Cross Allen Iverson. All of them, but in particular Which caught everyone’s attention.
Harris: Michael Jordan’s bluff is the most aesthetic signature move ever, but Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the NBA’s all-time leading scorer and has only made one of three pointers throughout his career. The secret of his success? He used the Skyhawk, the most unstoppable basketball move ever.
salted fish: I’ve always had an affinity for Michael Jordan’s one-handed ball fake, which he can use because of his ability to comfortably rest a basketball. At times, he wouldn’t even look to be shot after he had his guns completely screwed out of the frame. But he always froze men with it; Just one of the ways he managed to make the game steady around him.
Lundberg: Lots to choose from… Skyhook, one-legged Dirk, Dreamshake etc. but I’ll remove Michael Jordan’s wilt. It led to many iconic moments and helped launch a shot that countless others have used, albeit not with a repeat of the success that MJ has shown. Jay-Z probably used the right word when calling out that move in his song Hola Hovito, perfect.
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