Gambling while guarding a good, versatile player is rarely a good idea. But if you ever find yourself defending Carmelo Anthony, you'd be best served to anticipate his spin move.
Against the Boston Celtics in the playoffs, Anthony made a fool of Brandon Bass thanks to the move shown in the above clip. First, he got Bass reeling after a couple of crossovers. The knockout blow, though, was the killer spin. Anthony lifts his shoulders slightly before beginning the spin, drawing Bass into the air to block a shot that isn't coming. He then spins towards the baseline, hitting the mid-range shot over the now disoriented Bass.
A while back, the NBA made a short feature on Anthony's spin, which he says is his favorite move. According to The Denver Post's Benjamin Hochman, Anthony affectionately refers to the move as "the washing machine."
In the NBA video, Memphis' Marc Gasol explains why Anthony's spin is so effective, saying, "he's looking at the whole defense before spinning to the baseline, so he knows what the right time is to attack."
When Anthony properly reads the defense and times his spin correctly, he can leave the best defenders spinning in circles. Kind of like a washing machine.