Broken Ankles: The 10 Best Crossovers in the NBA (With Video)
There are two moves in the NBA that will go viral on YouTube: the dunk and the crossover. Allen Iverson made the second popular by perfecting the move. He wasn't the first to ever use it. Ranging back to the likes of Bob Cousey and "Pistol" Pete Maravich, the crossover has long been a part of the NBA, but AI made it into an art form.
Now there are several players in the NBA that have made his signature a part of their game. Some are young and some are savvy veterans, but they are all players you don't want your girlfriend to see you guarding because sure enough, at some point in the game some ankles are going to be broken, and you're going to watch their backs as they go the basket while you're picking yourself up off the floor.
Here are the top 10 ankle-breakers in the NBA. We'll call these a fluid ranking though. Make a case if you want someone to be moved up, and if five votes are cast to move someone up, down or off I'll adjust it.
10: Rajon Rondo
Rajon Rondo may have the enviable task of deciding which future Hall of Famer to pass the ball to most of the time, but every once in a while, he lets you know he can score if he wants to. He sure let Morris Peterson know here.
9: Eric Gordon
Usually when you're talking about breaking ankles, it's not literal. This very nearly was, although some of the credit goes to Curry's teammate. Still, this isn't the first, nor will it be the last, time Gordon sent someone sprawling to the ground.
8: Manu Ginobili
Manu has this weird one-handed crossover thing that will get him past a defender quicker than you can say "Ginobili," which, well in all honesty, might not be that quick.
7: Brandon Jennings
I'm not picking on Steph; it just seems that way. Jennings didn't get the shot to fall on this one, but he did get Curry to. Hopefully Jennings will be back to breaking ankles in no time, but it's hard to break ankles when you have a broken foot.
6: Kobe Bryant
I don't know what they're talking about, but I'm pretty sure the words "Marion," "broken," and "ankles" are in there. Kobe isn't quite where he once was on the crossovers, but he's still got a lightning quick move that can leave you looking for excuses.
5: Deron Williams
When you can crossover Kobe, arguably the best on the ball defender in the NBA, like this, you deserve a place in the top five. If you're going to be playing the Jazz, make sure you bring the Ace bandages for after the game.
4: Jamal Crawford
Jamal Crawford has been bounced from team to team. Maybe one of the biggest reasons to have him on your team is you don't have to guard him and look silly doing so. I bet Kirk Hinrich was at least briefly wishing for the good old days when they were teammates here.
3: Chris Paul
Chis Paul does it all. Watch him jet past Jet right here and the pretty pass under the basket. Too bad it goes for naught, but more times than not, when Paul does this it ends with a ball in the net.
2: Dwyane Wade
D-Wade has been doing it for years now. He doesn't just knock people over; he sends them sprawling and sliding across the floor. What's amazing about this is that the highlights don't even mention the crossover move because with Wade, you don't even think about it. You just get used to it.
1: Derrick Rose
I mean really, how do you defend that? It's just downright ludicrous. It's borderline cheating!
Or, as Stacy King would say, "Too big, too strong, too fast, too good!"