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Why John Wall Doesn’t ‘Eurostep’

Updated: December 29, 2014

[original image from NBA.com]

[original image from NBA.com]

“I got three, really. I’m probably like seven, I’m probably one behind,” said John Wall on Saturday night, gazing over at the “Hustle Board” mounted on the wall of Washington’s locker room. Nene was marked down with the team lead with eight in one column: charges drawn. Nene has missed six complete games with various ailments (mostly plantar fasciitis) and one due to suspension; Wall has appeared in all 29 games and, according to the board, trails Nene in charges drawn, 4-8.

“We haven’t updated it in about a week-and-a-half, so I got to get on the interns for messing up my board over there,” Wall insisted, and he would probably be correct. On Christmas Day in New York, Wall drew a charge against Tim Hardaway, Jr. as the first quarter neared its end. In a win against the Celtics on Saturday, Wall drew two charges in the last two minutes of the first half, one against rookie Marcus Smart and one against veteran Jeff Green—both instances can be seen via the embedded Vines below.

The charge draw versus Green could have gone the other way—CSN’s Phil Chenier admitted as much as as he reviewed the replay. Either way, Wall’s form is pretty close to textbook. He gets his feet set in the proper position; he begins to fall back mere milliseconds before or as contact is initiated by the offensive player in order to sell the call and limit contact; and he uses his arms in a safe way to brace his fall.

After the Boston game I asked Wall what’s the key to setting up the offensive player for a charge while also protecting himself.

“I know most guys are just going to do the Eurostep, so I just sit there and wait for a Eurostep,” Wall said. “I don’t do Eurosteps on the fastbreak. I’m not good with them, so they’re not in my game. I’ll charge every time I try to do a Eurostep.”

Basketball writer Bethlehem Shoals / Free Darko / Nathaniel Friedman recently tweeted: “The Eurostep isn’t just effective because it’s a shift but because it comes at an unusual time. Like a different rhythm for the game.”

While perhaps partially true, this isn’t necessarily so, at least according to John Wall.

“Some people like James (Harden) have it down pat, (Manu) Ginobili, they know how to set people up. Some people just do it because they think it’s the right move,” continued Wall on his assessment of the Eurostep, at least as it pertains to drawing charges.

The Wizards guard has recognized that, while the Eurostep can be effective for the masters, which would also include Dwyane Wade in addition to Harden and Ginobili, amongst a handful of other mutts whose ass occasionally sees the sun, not everyone should be trying it. And John Wall knows exactly how to bait those who do.

Now, certainly rudimentary Eurostep attempts like the ones seen below from Marcus Smart and Jeff Green can be misconstrued as a player simply trying to avoid contact. Just as rhythmic and unusual as a Eurostep might be, at least against some competition, Wall is able to combat with his own timing and defensive positioning.

John Wall vs Marcus Smart

John Wall vs Jeff Green


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