How to Do a Decelerated Euro Step in Basketball

How to Do a Decelerated Euro Step in Basketball


The decelerated Euro step is a great basketball move to use in transition when you have a bigger, more athletic shot blocker trying to run you down or when you have an over-aggressive defender on your hip. Using this move allows the defender to run past you, leaving the basket open for the layup, runner, or floater. This is one of the basketball fundamentals of finishing around the basket, and every guard/wing player should take the time to learn this move.

This basketball training video will be taught by an expert coach and then demonstrated by a high-level player. This will allow you to see the correct way to do the move and learn some of the tips for really selling the move. So make sure to really lock in on the details of the move.



Basketball Drill Overview

Drill Name: How to Do a Decelerated Euro Step in Basketball

Equipment Needed: 1 basketball and a basket.


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Goals of the Drill

  • Learn the right footwork for the decelerated Euro step and how to finish around the basket.


Coaching Points

  • Visualize the defender trying to run you down and block your shot.
  • Really try to change up your speeds and sell the move.
  • Protect the basketball when you make the move.


Basketball Drill Instructions

  • Drive to the basket with your right or left hand at 3/4 to full speed.
  • When you make your move, you will plant with your outside foot and try to decelerate your entire body.
  • Step laterally to your other foot and either bring the ball over top or cradle it as you do.
    • Protect the basketball from getting stripped.
  • Shoot a floater/runner off of the foot that you just stepped to.
  • Hold your follow-through and stay in your shot until you make or miss.


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