Dwyane Wade, Derrick Rose, Kobe and the Best Anklebreaker from Each NBA Team
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
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.
Boston Celtics: Rajon Rondo
Rajon Rondo's crossover and general handles have tenderized plenty of ankles.
Charlotte Bobcats: D.J. Augustin
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.
Chicago Bulls: Brian Scalabrine
Chicago Bulls: Derrick Rose
Cleveland Cavaliers: Baron Davis
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.
Dallas Mavericks: Jose Juan Barea
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.
Denver Nuggets: Ty Lawson
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.
Detroit Pistons: Rodney Stuckey
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.
Golden State Warriors: Monta Ellis
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
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.
Indiana Pacers: Darren Collison
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.
Los Angeles Clippers: Mo Williams
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.
Los Angeles Lakers: Kobe Bryant
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.
Memphis Grizzlies: O.J. Mayo
Mayo was demoted to the bench this year, but when he gets the minutes, he can be pretty nasty on offense.
Miami Heat: Dwyane Wade
Milwaukee Bucks: Brandon Jennings
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.
Minnesota Timberwolves: Michael Beasley
New Jersey Nets: Deron Williams
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.
New Orleans Hornets: Chris Paul
New York Knicks: Carmelo Anthony
Oklahoma City Thunder: Kevin Durant
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.
Orlando Magic: Jameer Nelson
Jameer Nelson has a very quick crossover that helps him get into the lane and draw defenders off Orlando's many shooters.
Philadelphia 76ers: Jrue Holiday
The 76ers have a pretty bright future with Jrue Holiday, Evan Turner and Thaddeus Young.
Holiday has the great combination of size and handles.
Phoenix Suns: Steve Nash
Steve Nash's handles (particularly his crossover) are among the best in the league. In fact, they may be the best.
Portland Trail Blazers: Andre Miller
Andre Miller has never been one of the league's most athletic point guards; he does his ankle breaking with craftiness.
Sacramento Kings: Tyreke Evans
Tyreke Evans may not be a true point guard, but his handles will help him as a shooting guard as well.
San Antonio Spurs: Tony Parker
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.
Toronto Raptors: Jose Calderon
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.
Utah Jazz: Devin Harris
I almost had to go with Gordon Hayward on this one (don't sleep), but for now it has to be Devin Harris.
Washington Wizards: John Wall
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