For many NBA enthusiasts, San Antonio Spurs center Victor Wembanyama’s maneuver against Rudy Gobert last weekend has long been known as a Shammgod. The roots of this move trace back to street ball legend God Shammgod, who mastered the mesmerizing dribbling sequence. This move has become quite popular in the NBA, with many players — including Manu — using it.
However, the origin of the move has raised some questions. During a TNT interview on Tuesday, Wembanyama revealed that in Europe, it’s not known as the Shammgod; instead, many refer to it as the “Bodiroga,” named after the Serbian basketball star Dejan Bodiroga from the 1990s.
According to several European players, Bodiroga was the first to execute this sequence of movements to create separation from the defender. If you’re unfamiliar with Bodiroga, he’s the player that Luka Doncic’s grew up idolizing.
In addition to shedding light on the Shammgod’s origin, Wembanyama hinted at possibly unleashing the next great move on the NBA court. When Jamal Crawford asked if he would ever perform the shake and bake, the rookie promptly responded with a “Yes!” claiming to have practiced the move since his youth.
Jamal Crawford: "Can you do the Crawford double behind the back shake-and-bake? Can you do that move in a game?"— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPoints) January 31, 2024
Victor Wembanyama: "Yes... [My coach] taught me the double behind the back shake-and-bake. This is something I work on." pic.twitter.com/nPO81ihZRY
Considering the astonishing possibility of a 7’4” giant executing such a move, it seems mind-boggling. However, given Wembanyama’s skills, it’s not far-fetched. Sooner rather than later, the rookie might showcase this move, making Jamal Crawford proud.
The full video featuring Victor Wembanyama and Connor Bedard is now available! Wemby mentioned that he reached Bedard’s current height of 5’10” when he was just nine years old.
In early January, Wemby was overlooked for the Rookie of the Month award when it went to Chet Holmgren. Undeterred, he declared every game as a statement and has consistently delivered outstanding performances since. What can we anticipate if he’s overlooked for the all-star game?
“If [Victor Wembanyama] doesn’t make the All-Star game, I think he’s gonna prove a point. I don’t know what them numbers gonna look like after that.”— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPoints) January 31, 2024
Devin Vassell on if Wemby is left out of the All-Star Game
(via @HectorLedesmaTV) pic.twitter.com/jHFY0V7ViC
Wembanyama’s determination mirrors that of other NBA greats, and it seems nothing short of amazing is on the horizon for this young man.
Wemby on his drive: "It's very profound inside of me. I got these abilities. This talent. I'm healthy. I was raised in a good family. I got all this that was given to me. The only option is to use it and make the most out of it. If I can be the best, then I must be the best." pic.twitter.com/fsWX86xFn2— Josh Paredes (@Josh810) January 31, 2024