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NBA players: Rose, Crawford have best crossovers

Posted on: January 24, 2012 7:35 pm
Edited on: January 24, 2012 7:54 pm
Posted by Ben Golliver

The crossover dribble is arguably basketball's most hallowed dribble move, the easiest and most direct way to embarrass a defender and look smoothly cool while doing it. 

The title "Best Crossover" isn't to be given out lightly, and the NBA asked some of its players to nominate their peers in a recent video feature. Two candidates emerged: Portland Trail Blazers guard Jamal Crawford and Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose.

"Jamal Crawford, my homeboy from Seattle, has the best crossover in the league," said Dallas Mavericks guard Jason Terry, who has a solid crossover himself. "Jamal's crossover is so tough because he's so long and he stretches it out. There's no way you're going to get to it."

"His nickname is J. Crossover and you look at his highlights it's a lot of mixing players," Houston Rockets guard Courtney Lee added.

Two members of the Philadelphia 76ers elected to go with Rose, the 2011 NBA MVP. 

"Gotta go with Derrick Rose," said Lou Williams. "Derrick Rose is very quick with his crossover. He's never really gotten me with his crossover but I've seen him hit some other guys." 

Jrue Holiday agreed: "That's why he got MVP. Fast, agile, crossover is crazy. He's pretty much unstoppable."

Here are a few other candidates who weren't mentioned in the video, but should have been. 

Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers: Paul might not be as quick as he was a year or two ago, but his latest signature Nike shoes feature brakes on the toes to help him change directions as quickly as possible.

Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder:
Westbrook does everything at warp speed so his crossovers often turn into catapulting attacks at the rim. His leaping ability makes his dribble moves all the more deadly, especially in transition.

Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat
: Wade can put people in the blender off the dribble and then really embarrass bigger defenders with his Eurostep combinations once he's attacking the paint. Just ask Kevin Garnett (video here).

Monta Ellis, Golden State Warriors:
 Explosive and low to the ground, Ellis has no problem creating space to launch jumpers or getting into the paint. 

Deron Williams, New Jersey Nets:
 Williams might not be as quick as some of the others on this list, but his upper body strength makes his crossovers punishing, as he's able to get his shoulders by people and finish plays while absorbing contact.

Since: Mar 1, 2008
Posted on: January 26, 2012 10:43 am

NBA players: Rose, Crawford have best crossovers

Allen Iverson crossed over Michael Jordan.

Since: Mar 6, 2008
Posted on: January 25, 2012 1:43 pm

NBA players: Rose, Crawford have best crossovers

Best crossover... Tim Hardaway.Watched him break alot of ankles.

Since: Apr 2, 2007
Posted on: January 24, 2012 9:17 pm

NBA players: Rose, Crawford have best crossovers

The real key to a good crossover is to be able to pull up right out it and knock down the jumper. If you can do that, there is really no way to guard it.

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