The Top 10 Signature Moves of NBA Players. Much like Allen Iverson's "Killer Crossover", Kareem's "Skyhook," and Michael Jordan's "Air Jordan Dunk," many players of today have their own special move.
Derrick Rose's 1st Step
Dwight Howard's Running Hook
Shaq's Drop Step
Tim Duncan's bank shot
Derek Fisher will remain as one of my favorite players of all time. The countless memories he has given us Lakers fans, and some of you Jazz fans as well. His incredible clutch ability and his three-point shooting come up handily. His high-arcing rainbow threes during critical moments are just amazing. I can't leave him off this list after his HUGE three over Rondo in Game 7.
Deron Williams, arguably the best point guard in the league, possesses one of the most devastating crossovers I've seen. He's not as quick as A.I., but he sure is damn deceptive. To add to his killer crossovers, his great shooting ability from behind the arc and driving ability makes him very lethal.
Pau Gasol has been praised as the best big man in the game and the most skilled big man in the game. We can't argue - his post skills are great, his passing ability is uncanny, and his basketball IQ is very high. Pau's tenacity and intelligence gives him the mental advantage over defenders. He usually does a barrage of pump fakes, and one wrong move from the defender, Pau will take advantage of with his hook shot. His seven-foot tall frame and long arms make him almost impossible to block.
Jamal Crawford isn't a big name, but his signature move the "Shake N' Bake" is. The Shake N' Bake has demoralized the likes of Deron Williams and Carlos Arroyo. It's basically a series of behind the back dribbles to fake the defender, then a hop-step lay up or shot. If you haven't seen it yet, prepare to be amazed.
LeBron James is without a doubt the most athletic freak the NBA has ever seen. Never have we seen a combination of size, strength, speed, and talent in one. LeBron, at 6'8", and 250+ pounds, combined with the incredible speed of Usaine Bolt and his 40+ Inch vertical leap, makes him an excellent shot-blocker and dunker. How LeBron gets from rack to rack so fast is just completely astonishing.
Tony Parker is one of the most reckless, tough little guys in the league. He has no care who or what is in the way, he's going in. Not many people are faster than him when he drives in. His floaters are also a wonder to watch. Parker combines his crazy drives with high arcing tear-drops that makes us all stand in awe.
Manu Ginobili, one of the premier basketball players in the league, is also one of the smoothest. When you think Manu, you think of floppping, and grace. He can get to the rim as smooth as silk, can shoot the three, and alot of other things offensively. His Euro-step is one example of how he gets to the rim with such finesse. His deceptive and graceful twists and turns captivates us, while confusing the D.
Paul Pierce has one of the smoothest jump shots in the league. Add that to his strength, and you get an unstoppable pull-up or step-backs. Pierce first drives, pushes you off some while stepping back, then shoots. I saw Ron Artest have so much trouble trying to guard this move. It was almost always on target and accurate.
Kobe Bryant, AKA The Black Mamba, is a living replica of Michael Jordan himself. Bryant's killer instinct allows him to take over when he wants. Kobe loves to post up now that he has lost some quickness and athleticism due to age and mileage. His posting up gives him many offensive windows. He gets his opponents with his pump-fakes, pivots, and jump-shot. He can also rise and shoot a fadeaway, which is almost unguardable. Any shot for Kobe Bryant, when there are two minutes left in the game, or when he is in a rhythm, is a sure shot.
Rajon Rondo has become a basketball wizard with his passing and ball fakes. It's arguable, but Rondo's signature moves are my favorite. Yes, I'm a Lakers fan, but Rondo's ball-fakes continue to amuse me. His deceptive behind the back fake has gotten the likes of LeBron and Andrew Bynum. This guy has alot of potential and I like his future. He is a perfect blend of a playmaker, scorer, and defender.