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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    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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    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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    Rajon Rondo's crossover and general handles have tenderized plenty of ankles.

    Crossin' up Kobe

Charlotte Bobcats: D.J. Augustin

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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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    Just kidding...

    Where Scalabrine Happens

Chicago Bulls: Derrick Rose

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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.


Houston Rockets: Kyle Lowry

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    John Wall will be crossing up defenders in the NBA for years to come.

    High School Mix

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