There is something fascinating about watching a player get humiliated by a crossover dribble. An offensive basketball player performs a dribbling move with the ball, usually a crossover, that causes the defender to either lose balance or fall to the court. The most punishing crossover dribble can “break the ankles” of even the most skilled defender. Most of the time, an ankle breaker happens when the dribbler is facing an inept defender. Here are the best Ankle Breakers of all time.
9. J.R. Smith
Smith has taken many defenders on the ground, breaking their bones and ankles. NBA defenders can tell the story. When he was still in China, J.R. Smith Shattered three pairs of ankles (including Stephon Marbury’s) in a single CBA game.
8. James Harden – Step Back
James Harden isn’t exactly known for his elusiveness—if anything, he mostly uses his dribble to attract contact and add to his league-leading free throw attempt total. Which makes his move, which completely dropped poor Defenders, that much more impressive
7. Kobe Bryant – The Black Mamba
Kobe did not become famous only for scoring. Buy also his skill on the ball, enabling him to humiliate defenders and embarrass them in front of cameras. His entertaining shots and dunks could come after a killer crossover, living the opponent helplessly lying on the ground.
6. Dwyane Wade
Wade’s nasty crossovers destroyed many of NBA superstars, including Paul George. You’ll not hear Wade talking much, but when it comes to ball-handling, you will fill his presence.
5. Michael Jordan
We all know Michael Jordan as the greatest of all-time. That is obvious. He could do everything great on court. That include some memorable crossovers, that left defenders embarassed.
4. Derick Rose
Derrick Rose’s ankle-breaking crossover moves on his opponents, leave them on the floor or frozen. Every season, there is a defender to pay the bill for Rose’s ball-handling skills. Derrick Rose is “Nothing But Amazing” with his crossovers & dunks – “Ankle Breaker”
3. Stephen Curry
Mr Three-Pointers will never be afraid to turn some of the best point guards on the planet into a literal joke. He transcends the game to become one of those classic “where were you” moments in basketball history.
2. Kyrie Irving
Irving has become the face of elite ball-handlers in the NBA, with a wide collection of moves against defenders. Many opponents became victims of Irving’s killer crossovers. Ask Brandon Knight about why he had a rough two month time in February and March of 2013. Kyrie Irving crossed him up during the Rising Stars Challenge on a series of dribbling moves.
1. Allen Iverson
When people talk about crossovers the first name that comes to mind is Allen Iverson. He became favorite due to his ball-handling. This man crossed up Michael Jordan twice. Iverson transcended the move and became its poster child in the mid-to-late ’90s. It’s been years since Iverson unleashed the most iconic ankle-breaker of all-time on Michael Jordan. Did we mention his double crossover on former NBA point guard Antonio Daniels during the peak of his ankle-breaking career?