Back on Nov. 1, the NBA TV crew announced this season’s Fan Night tournament would allow viewers to vote for their favorite “go-to moves.”
Via Twitter, fans could decide which of the 16 listed moves would advance through the four-round tournament.
Despite crafting an image devoid of flash, the Spurs had five entrants, more than any other franchise: Tim Duncan’s bank shot, Tony Parker’s floater, George Gervin’s finger roll, Steve Smith’s shifty hesitation and Manu Ginobili’s Euro step.
After four months of voting, Ginobili emerged victorious, defeating Kyrie Irving’s reverse with 74 percent of the vote.
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To reach the finals, Ginobili had to overcome Rajon Rondo’s one-handed fake, Gervin’s finger roll and Dirk Nowitzki’s turnaround one-footed jumper.
Shockingly, Duncan defeated Kareem Abdul-Jabaar’s sky hook in the first round, which seems downright blasphemous. It did, however, pave the way for his former running mate to capture the fictitious crown.
Ginobili popularized the Euro step in America to the point that it is now taught in basketball camps around the country. His crafty, slithery two-step captured the imagination of not only coaches and scouts, but countless numbers of aspiring hoopers.
It is all things a good signature move should be — aesthetically pleasing, effective, nigh unstoppable.
James Harden, Kevin Durant and others now routinely employ the move with ruthless efficiency, while 39-year-old Ginobili still busts one out every now and then just to let the youngsters know who the godfather is.