An arsenal of distinctive moves from today’s greats
Although the iconic moves from NBA legends still undergo heavy usage, the game has changed tremendously. For one, the transition three used to be an infrequent occurrence and was once mainly associated with Scottie Pippen. Today, this is a common shot, even for big men. These changes have created the space for new signature moves to emerge, augmented by the creativity of modern-era star.
Deep pull-up three: This shot encapsulates the development of the NBA. It was once thought to be ill-advised, but this perception has changed largely due to Stephen Curry’s inexplicably limitless range. As a shooter, he also possesses the ability to pull up casually from 30 feet, instead of needing screens and other players to set him up for the shot.
Eurostep: The recent retirement of Manu Ginobili brought adoring recollections of his smooth moves. Although the eurostep has been around for ages, the Argentine sensation truly made it his own with his quick changes of direction and ability to sell the fake.
Floater: Tony Parker complemented Ginobili in the Spurs backcourt for a decade with his array of teardrops in the paint. His spin move, footwork and floater were a deadly combination in the land of giants, who all struggled to keep up with the speedy Frenchman.
One-legged fadeaway: Dirk Nowitzki’s semi-awkward shot has been so effective for so long that fellow NBA stars like Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant have all tried to add it to their arsenal. Despite their talents, no one has been able to come close to the 7-foot German in pulling off the move.
Chasedown block: It is rare for a defensive maneuver to become a player’s signature move, but LeBron James has enjoyed a career of denying easy shots at the basket. In transition, James’ speed, hops and strength make for an intimidating defensive presence, causing the ball-handler to glance back over their shoulders in fear.
Step-back: Reigning NBA MVP James Harden has taken the step-back to new heights, with his ability to pull off a series of step-backs in a row, leaving the defender helpless and reaching at air.
Shake ‘n bake: Even with his reputation for insane handles, Jamal Crawford has one trick in his bag that is almost unfathomable in its creativity. The move simply has to be seen to be believed.