Players in the NBA have some moves. With a little head fake, a crossover, and a side-step, you just got schooled. We see it all the time and we love it when it happens; it gets up excited and off our seats. While in the history of the NBA, there have been many extraordinary athletes, it takes a special type of player to completely embarrass a defender. We've seen them in the past, and we have a few playing now. One thing's for sure: they're always exciting to watch.
Who performed possibly the greatest crossover of all-time? The answer is "The Answer." Allen Iverson, fresh out of Georgetown, crossed the greatest player in NBA history. Michael Jordan, the 6-time champion, looked more like a D-League bench warmer when the kid got done with him. Jordan however, was just one of many that this undersized guard embarrassed in his career.
Not one to be outdone, Jordan had his fair share of ankle-breaking moments. "His Airness" could also lay claim to the greatest crossover ever. Down by one point against Utah in game 6 of the 1998 NBA finals, Jordan knocked the ball out of Karl Malone's hand and ran with it. With seconds left in the game, he promptly crossed Bryon Russell, drilled an 18 footer from the top of the key, and put his team up by one. Seconds later, Jordan would win his final championship.
While Jordan and Iverson may have been two of the best ever, the league still has some notable players in the ankle-breaking department. Washington Wizard star, and former Kentucky standout John Wall is one such player. Even before he became a Wildcat, he knew how to play ball. Playing in the summer league, right out of high school, he turned NBA veteran Jerry Stackhouse into a spectator. With a crossover and a posterizing dunk, Wall let the NBA know he was on his way. Just like the song about him says "You can't guard me in the paint I'm an artist."
One of Wall's competitors at the Reebok All-American Camp knew how to handle a basketball too. Brandon Jennings has become one of the most explosive players in the game. This became apparent to future teammate Stephen Curry back in 2010. The Milwaukee Bucks guard threw a nasty crossover, did a behind-the-back dribble, and made Curry fall flat on his face. He drove to the lane and missed the shot. However, he did end up drawing a foul and shooting two. Curry probably went out after that game and purchased himself a high-dollar ankle insurance policy because of Jennings.
Annabelle is currently a loving and caring mother of two children. She lives outside of Milwaukee, WI and loves cheering for the Bucks and Badgers. She is a blog enthusiast and loves writing; if she is not writing she is cleaning up after her two lovely angels. She is training for a marathon and uses a lot of athletic ankle tape because she does not have the most ankle support. Chicago, here we come!