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The Answer, White Chocolate & The 20 Best Crossovers In NBA History

Allen Iverson

Dime #1

We’ll call this the list Gary McGhee loves to hate…

I’ve been on both sides of the coin before. It’s the embarrassing times you remember. One in particular stands out for me. College. Sophomore year. Preseason. Every fall semester at a D-III college is always the same: there are the returning players and then there are dozens of kids from high school, all coming together and all believing they’ll be one of the three or four kids who actually make the team. They all have some game and they’re all cocky.

It’s during this first month when emotions are highest, the competition fiercest. I picked the wrong time to get cracked. The gym was flooded with wannabe players. I jumped too hard at a wing player, and fell backwards as he went by me. Kids on the sidelines nearly rushed the court. The rest of the afternoon, I was in a quiet rage.

You gotta laugh about it. That’s all you can do. If you’ve never been dropped before, chances are you never really played. Even the best players in the world get put on their ass, some just worse than others. That’s this list, the all-time greatest crossovers in NBA history. As I did with the greatest assists of all time, and the greatest alley-oops ever, I spent hours researching, reminiscing and watching videos to try to find the very best. Did I? No. That’s literally impossible. But hopefully I came close enough.

Just as those lists did, this list has a few rules:
1) it had to be a crossover, not a shake or a between-the-legs move or an in-and-out… a crossover (this one is hard to stay completely loyal to)
1) it had to be in an NBA game that counted and…
2) the play had to finish in a bucket.

As I’ve always done, this IS NOT a “Honor the best guys in NBA history” list. If someone helped mold and create the crossover, that doesn’t mean he’ll make this list. (I looked and looked, but Isiah Thomas never had a crossover nice enough to make this list… that doesn’t mean he isn’t one of the greatest ballhandlers ever. Same thing with Kevin Johnson, who mastered going through his legs to lose defenders but didn’t have a move that fit the definitions of this list.) If John Crotty laid down the hammer, then he was going to make the cut (luckily he didn’t). I would’ve thrown in Starbury collapsing the Great Wall of China, but that wasn’t necessarily a great shake… it was more Yao just seeing a real offensive move for the first time in his life and his feet didn’t cooperate.

With that, here are the 20 best crossovers in NBA history.

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20. TIM HARDAWAY, The Crossover God
Hardaway often gets the credit for developing one of the first real crossover moves: the killer crossover. What made it so deadly was Hardaway created a counter for it. If you sat on the crossover, he’d simply throw it back between his legs and go right by you.

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  • http://www.dimemag.com panchitoooo

    someones been watching NBA anklebreakers Vol 1 & 2

  • BiGShoTBoB

    I would have put the one Kobe got Scott Pippen with. You know the one they made a commercial out of that ended with a lob to Shaq.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_ikaIDz-Ck

  • Liemjordi

    What about AI getting a taste of his own medicine?
    Might have pushed him, but Stuckey made the dude end up on his chest…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YAOBYemd1ek

  • deagletime

    this entry makes me sad. END THE LOCKOUT ALREADY!!!!!!!

  • http://www.dimemag.com Slick Ric

    Man that cp3 crossover was the weakest on here and you talking about excluding tim hardaway from this list? that cp3 crossover shouldnt be on here, I know he has better or someone else defintely has better. smh

  • Mitch

    marbury dropping yao ming???? doesn’t even get honorable mention???

  • JM

    AI stepped on Vaughn’s foot…not the same.

  • http://deleted dagwaller

    Kirk Hinrich cooked Jamal Crawford just as bad the way back down, fyi

  • http://www.psychodrama.com Chicagorilla

    Very good list. I know the AI on MJ was the most famous, but it wasn’t the best. The crossover AI put on J. Vaughn was the best to me.

    Steve Francis was just an a$$hole for the way he did Hudson lol. So unnecessary

    Derrick Rose on miller was nice, but I like the one on Tyreke Better. He turned Tyreke into a breakdancer on that move. Had Reke looking like he was playing Twister n’sh!t lmao.

    And I don’t think the UTep 2step should have made it. It was great for its time, but Timmy’s handles ain’t really flucking with the guards from the mid-90’s and on.

    Deron Williams and NAte Robinson could have been all over this list for some of the sh!t they’ve done.

  • !!!

    no love for d-wade. crossover against ALLEN and KG.

  • DZ

    No Starbury? Get the f*ck outta here!

  • baloogawhales

    MICHAEL!

  • http://brokejumper.com/ brokejumper.com

    There should be a rule that stepping on a defenders foot causing him to trip during a cross over is an automatic change of possession. This probably happens in 25% of all YouTube crossover videos.

  • http://www.psychodrama.com Chicagorilla

    @brokejumper

    I see you have been a vic of the crossover lmao. You can’t change the rules because you got got. Man up and get back on D.

  • gerry

    All time.. what a joke.. your oldest is m.j ? No top 10 of all time w/o zeke.. A.I for sure. but no Isiah.. really and no Nash ?

  • dopper0189

    Isiah didn’t really use a killer cross over that much, he had maybe the quickest 1st step all time and he mostly just blew right by defenders (it was simply sick that he didn’t have to cross them up). If you saw him play how often did he really cross over on a guy?

    Nash also doesn’t have a killer cross over, he is more a change speeds and direction type guy, than a cross his man up type penetrater. The “old school” guy who is missing isn’t Zeek it’s Kevin Johnson.

  • http://twitter.com/_javier_romero Javier Romero

    What about Rajon Rondo on Steve Nash? Definetely sent him to hospital… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CpiH_lW8LCg

  • http://www.facebook.com/anthony.kemp.52 Anthony Kemp

    I’ve seen guys getting crossed in the 70’s Too bad thhey don’t have footage of Nate Archibald crossing up guys

  • eholes

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-jLUf_5DaMI

    How the hell didnt that one make it?

  • Sean Sweeney

    not in the NBA

  • http://www.remixcomic.com/ Nodoubt223rd

    Poor Harden lol funny.

  • ferndogSLP

    Hardaway and the UTEP TWO STEP!!!

  • nebs

    No Joe Johnson?He has about 3-4 out there.

  • tim

    Crawford getting Capt Kirk…..