How to Do a Euro Step in Basketball

How to Do a Euro Step in Basketball


The Euro step move is a great way to finish around the basket in basketball and avoid a charge or shake off a defender. Many basketball players use this move, but probably the most famous for using it is Manu Ginobili or James Harden. The Euro step is a great move, but you need to learn the right basketball fundamentals to execute it and make it effective.

This basketball drill video will teach you how to do a Euro step and then also have a player demonstrate the move so that you can see exactly how it is done. When doing this basketball move, there are two things that you need to remember; be under control and then also sell your move. These two things are essential for this move to work.



Basketball Drill Overview

Drill Name: How to Do a Euro Step in Basketball

Equipment Needed: 1 basketball, a partner, and a basket.


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Goals of the Drill

  • Learn the proper technique and footwork for the Euro step finish.


Coaching Points

  • Protect the basketball when you make your move by either cradling it or bringing it over/under the defender’s hands.
  • You can finish the move in several different ways:
    • Same hand/foot
    • Opposite hand/foot
    • Leaner (Steve Nash)
  • This is a great move to use in transition or if a defender is setting up to take a charge.
  • Take a big side-to-side step when you make the move.


Basketball Drill Instructions

  1.  Dribble towards the basket with your right hand, and as you are coming to a coach or imaginary defender, plant with your right foot and pick the basketball up.
  2. Step laterally onto your left foot and bring the ball across your body by cradling it or bringing it over/under the defender’s hands.
  3. Jump off your left foot and finish the shot by either laying it in, floater, leaner, etc.

*** If you drive to your left, do everything opposite.


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