Dwyane Wade, Derrick Rose, Kobe and the Best Anklebreaker from Each NBA Team

Andy Bailey@@AndrewDBaileyFeatured ColumnistMay 31, 2011

Dwyane Wade, Derrick Rose, Kobe and the Best Anklebreaker from Each NBA Team

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    CHICAGO, IL - MAY 26:  Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat looks on against the Chicago Bulls in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2011 NBA Playoffs on May 26, 2011 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly a
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    Let me kick off this slideshow on an utterly shameless and personal vein. I literally broke a kid's ankle in high school with a crossover.  No lie.  It was a big, clumsy football player...but still.

    Anyway, most "ankle breakers" don't actually cause bones to fracture in the NBA, but a good crossover can make a defender look very foolish.

    That's what the guys on this slideshow do.  Everyone on here has strong handles (particularly their crossover).

    Here is the best "ankle breaker" from every team in the league...

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Atlanta Hawks: Jeff Teague

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    CHICAGO, IL - MAY 02: Josh Smith #5 of the Atlanta Hawks hugs teammate Jeff Teague #0 in the closing minute of a win over the Chicago Bulls in Game One of the Eastern Conference Semifinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs at the United Center on May 2, 2011 in Ch
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    Jeff Teague emerged as one of the most exciting young players on Atlanta's roster during these playoffs.

    His speed and quickness could be huge assets for the Hawks next year.

    Leaves Avery Bradley in the Dust

Boston Celtics: Rajon Rondo

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    ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 01:  Rajon Rondo #9 of the Boston Celtics against the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on April 1, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is
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    Rajon Rondo's crossover and general handles have tenderized plenty of ankles.

    Crossin' up Kobe

Charlotte Bobcats: D.J. Augustin

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    MIAMI, FL - APRIL 08:  D.J. Augustin #14 of the Charlotte Bobcats drives to the lane during a game against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena on April 8, 2011 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by download
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    This probably isn't the best evidence since I'm pretty sure I could cross Derek Fisher up, but this play is still pretty nice.

    Behind the Back

Chicago Bulls: Brian Scalabrine

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    WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 28: Brian Scalabrine #24 of the Chicago Bulls against the Washington Wizards at the Verizon Center in Washington on February 28, 2011 in Washington, DC. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading an
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    Just kidding...

    Where Scalabrine Happens

Chicago Bulls: Derrick Rose

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    CHICAGO, IL - MAY 15:  Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls looks to pass against the Miami Heat in Game One of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2011 NBA Playoffs on May 15, 2011 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls won 103-82. NOT
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    Derrick Rose has one of the best crossovers in the league.  Outside of LeBron James, I'm not sure if anyone can stay in front of Rose.

    Crossover Mix

Cleveland Cavaliers: Baron Davis

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    CLEVELAND - MARCH 29: Baron Davis #85 of the Cleveland Cavaliers keeps the ball inbounds during the game against the Miami Heat on March 29, 2011 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by down
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    Baron Davis is getting older and people are always questioning his motivation these days, but he can still drop a killer crossover at any moment.

    Blows by Pierce

Dallas Mavericks: Jose Juan Barea

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    OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - MAY 21:  Jose Juan Barea #11 of the Dallas Mavericks looks on while taking on the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game Three of the Western Conference Finals during the 2011 NBA Playoffs at Oklahoma City Arena on May 21, 2011 in Oklahoma City
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    Once upon a time, Jason Kidd broke as many ankles as anyone in the league.  Now that he's approaching 40, that torch has passed to Puerto Rican sensation Jose Juan Barea.

    Nate Robinson Gets Crossed in a Rare Playoff Appearance for the Thunder

Denver Nuggets: Ty Lawson

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    DENVER, CO - APRIL 25:  Ty Lawson #3 of the Denver Nuggets dribbes the ball against Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game Four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs on April 24, 2011 at the Pepsi Center in De
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    Ty Lawson is one of the absolute quickest players in the league.  That ability helped him lead the Nuggets after the Melo trade.  Lawson averaged 15 points and seven assists as a starter this year.

    Rockin' Back and Forth

Detroit Pistons: Rodney Stuckey

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    Stuckey hasn't quite lived up to the potential he displayed in his first couple years, but he's still one of Detroit's nastiest ball handlers.

    Watch Allen Iverson Go Flyin'

Golden State Warriors: Monta Ellis

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    OAKLAND, CA - MARCH 25: Monta Ellis #8 of the Golden State Warriors drives to the basket against the Toronto Raptors at Oracle Arena on March 25, 2011 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or
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    Monta Ellis' cross is quick as lightning.  Once he leaves a defender behind, he can explode to the rim as fast as anyone in the league.

    Explosive

Houston Rockets: Kyle Lowry

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    OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 20:  Kyle Lowry #7 of the Houston Rockets in action against the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena on December 20, 2010 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or usin
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    Aaron Brooks missed much of this past season with injuries and didn't look good when he was healthy.

    Kyle Lowry stepped up big in his absence, averaging 13.5 points and 6.7 assists a game.

    Highlight Reel

Indiana Pacers: Darren Collison

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    OAKLAND, CA - JANUARY 19:  Darren Collison #2 of the Indiana Pacers in action against the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena on January 19, 2011 in Oakland, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or u
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    Darren Collison was not as productive as I thought he'd be in his first year with the Pacers, but he still has the potential to be a pretty solid point guard in this league.

    From New Orleans

Los Angeles Clippers: Mo Williams

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 07:  Mo Williams #25 of the Los Angeles Clippers reacts to a call during their game against the Charlotte Bobcats at Time Warner Cable Arena on March 7, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and
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    Los Angeles acquired a pretty good ankle breaker when they traded Baron Davis.  

    Williams was one of the players left behind by LeBron, but he should feel like he has new life playing with Blake Griffin.

    You Get the Picture

Los Angeles Lakers: Kobe Bryant

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 02:  Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks down at Jason Terry #31 of the Dallas Mavericks in Game One of the Western Conference Semifinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center on May 2, 2011 in Los Angeles, Californi
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    Kobe's been making fools of defenders for years with his crossover.  It's not what it used to be, but he still knows how to lose guys.

    Crossover Mix

Memphis Grizzlies: O.J. Mayo

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    MEMPHIS, TN - MAY 13:  O.J. Mayo #32 of the Memphis Grizzlies reacts after making a basket and drawing a foul from the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game Six of the Western Conference Semifinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs at FedExForum on May 13, 2011 in Memphis
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    Mayo was demoted to the bench this year, but when he gets the minutes, he can be pretty nasty on offense.

    Step-Back Cross

Miami Heat: Dwyane Wade

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    MIAMI, FL - MAY 03: Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat looks on during Game Two of the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the 2011 NBA Playoffs against the Boston Celtics at American Airlines Arena on May 3, 2011 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressl
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    Dwyane Wade is one of the best slashers in the NBA.  His crossover helps him break ankles and get to the rim as well as anyone in the league.

    Art of the Crossover

Milwaukee Bucks: Brandon Jennings

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    ATLANTA - MAY 2:  Guard Brandon Jennings #3 of the Milwaukee Bucks dribbles with the ball during Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Atlanta Hawks during the 2010 NBA Playoffs at Philips Arena on May 2, 2
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    Jennings needs a lot of work on his shot selection and decision-making, but it's tough to hate on his handles.

    He's lightning-quick and has a great crossover.

    Down Goes Curry

Minnesota Timberwolves: Michael Beasley

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    BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 03:  Michael Beasley #8 of the Minnesota Timberwolves reacts to a foul called against him in the second half against the Boston Celtics on January 3, 2011 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The Celtics defeated the Timberwolve
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    Shout out to Joseph Fafinski for opening my eyes to Michael Beasley's crossover.

    Blows by Marcus Camby

New Jersey Nets: Deron Williams

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 04:  #8 Deron Williams of the Nets in action during the NBA match between New Jersey Nets and the Toronto Raptors at the O2 Arena on March 4, 2011 in London, England. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by do
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    Deron Williams could very well have the best crossover in the league.  

    If there was a stat for ankles busted per year, I'm sure Williams would be near the top.

    Crossover Mix

New Orleans Hornets: Chris Paul

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 20:  Chris Paul #3 of the New Orleans Hornets moves the ball while taking on the Los Angeles Lakers in Game Two of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs on April 20, 2011 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, Ca
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    Chris Paul's numbers dipped this year, but he reminded us how dominant he can be in the playoffs.

    He averaged 22 points and 11.5 assists a game against the Lakers.

    Crossover Mix

New York Knicks: Carmelo Anthony

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    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24:  Carmelo Anthony #7 of the New York Knicks brings the ball up court agaist the Boston Celtics in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2011 NBA Playoffs on April 24, 2011 at Madison Square Garden in New York
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    Among wings, I think Carmelo Anthony is one of the most underrated ball handlers in the NBA.  

    His crossover is one of the tools that makes him an elite scorer.

    Loses Manu

Oklahoma City Thunder: Kevin Durant

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    DALLAS, TX - MAY 25:  Kevin Durant #35 and Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder stand next to each other on the court in the fourth quarter while taking on the Dallas Mavericks in Game Five of the Western Conference Finals during the 2011 NBA
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    A lot of people would go with Russell Westbrook here, but I feel like he's more about just blowing by people with sheer speed.  

    The way the 6'10" Durant crosses people up is crazy.

    In Transition

Orlando Magic: Jameer Nelson

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    ORLANDO, FL - APRIL 19:  Jameer Nelson #14 of the Orlando Magic shoots against the Atlanta Hawks during Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2011 NBA Playoffs on April 19, 2011 at the Amway Arena in Orlando, Florida.  NOTE TO USER: User
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    Jameer Nelson has a very quick crossover that helps him get into the lane and draw defenders off Orlando's many shooters.

    Jason Kidd Juked

Philadelphia 76ers: Jrue Holiday

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    MIAMI, FL - APRIL 18:  Jrue Holiday #11 of the Philadelphia 76ers dribbles   during game two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Miami Heat  at American Airlines Arena on April 18, 2011 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly ackno
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    The 76ers have a pretty bright future with Jrue Holiday, Evan Turner and Thaddeus Young.  

    Holiday has the great combination of size and handles.

    Dwyane Wade Gets a Taste of His Own Medicine


Phoenix Suns: Steve Nash

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    Steve Nash's handles (particularly his crossover) are among the best in the league.  In fact, they may be the best.

    Freezing LeBron

Portland Trail Blazers: Andre Miller

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 07:  Andre Miller #24 of the Portland Trail Blazers dribbles up court against the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center on November 7, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees tha
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    Andre Miller has never been one of the league's most athletic point guards; he does his ankle breaking with craftiness.

    52 Points Against Dallas

Sacramento Kings: Tyreke Evans

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    SACRAMENTO, CA - DECEMBER 23:  Tyreke Evans #13 of the Sacramento in action against the Cleveland Cavaliers during an NBA game at ARCO Arena on December 23, 2009 in Sacramento, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by dow
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    Tyreke Evans may not be a true point guard, but his handles will help him as a shooting guard as well.

    Keepin' it Low

San Antonio Spurs: Tony Parker

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    SAN ANTONIO, TX - APRIL 27:  Tony Parker #9 of the San Antionio Spurs reacts to a call during the game against the Memphis Grizzlies in Game Five of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs on April 27, 2011 at AT&T Center in San Anto
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    This was the toughest decision of any of the teams on this list.  I could have easily gone with Manu Ginobili here as well.  

    I gave Parker the nod because of a slight edge in quickness.

    Bye-Bye Barbosa

Toronto Raptors: Jose Calderon

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    DENVER, CO - MARCH 21:  Jose Calderon #8 of the Toronto Raptors drives to the basket against the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center on March 21, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. The Nuggets defeated the Raptors 123-90. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges a
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    Calderon is one of the league's most underrated distributors.

    If he played with a better supporting cast, he could average over 10 assists per game.

    Highlight Reel

Utah Jazz: Devin Harris

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    CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 12: Devin Harris #5 of the Utah Jazz drives against Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on March 12, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Jazz 118-100. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and ag
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    I almost had to go with Gordon Hayward on this one (don't sleep), but for now it has to be Devin Harris.

    Nice Double Cross on Indiana

Washington Wizards: John Wall

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    WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 14: John Wall #2 of the Washington Wizards dribbles against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the second half at the Verizon Center on March 14, 2011 in Washington, DC. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by do
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    John Wall will be crossing up defenders in the NBA for years to come.

    High School Mix

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