Deron Williams' Crossover Dribble and the Art of "Breaking Ankles"

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Deron Williams' Crossover Dribble and the Art of
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Deron Williams has one of the most prolific crossover dribble moves in the league.

Utah Jazz All-star guard Deron Williams has used the crossover dribble to embarrass opposing players.  Sometimes, Williams' move is so prolific, it makes the other player just shake his head and wonder how he's going to look getting crossed-over on SportsCenter highlights that night. 

The person given the most credit for revolutionizing this move has to be Tim Hardaway, formerly of Run TMC and the Golden State Warriors. Tim Hardaway had such a killer crossover, that he developed the nickname "Mr. Crossover." 

Many players have taken this one move and have used it to take their game to another level, but the fact of the matter is; the crossover dribble isn't easy to perfect. 

There have been a few variations to the move, and everyone remembers when the great Michael "Air" Jordan used it to "shake off" a Utah Jazz player in an NBA Championship Game back in the 90s. But even the great Jordan's crossover wasn't as smooth as the players that made this list.

A lot of people also remember when Allen Iverson used it to "clown" Jordan at the top of the key during a game in Philadelphia when Iverson first got into the league. Iverson used it to "clown" so many people and break so many ankles, that haters started to say he was committing a violation by "carrying the ball."  But even if he did "carry it" sometimes, it was still an incredible move that nobody could stop. 

It was at this time that the crossover dribble started to really gain momentum as the "And1" Mixed Tapes started to gain popularity. Steve Francis was one of the NBA players along with Iverson considered to have enough "street credits" to play that "free style" playground sort of Harlem Globetrotter type of basketball. 

Iverson took what Tim Hardaway started, and then passed the torch to Deron Williams and Chris Paul.  Now that we have introduced what may be the most non-defensible and prolific offensive move in all of basketball, let's take a look at some of the players who have taken it to another level. 

When you see the player's name, click on it and a video-mix of his best crossover dribble moves will be played. 

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