A crossover dribble is a basketball maneuver in which a player dribbling the ball switches the ball rapidly from one hand to the other, to make a change in direction.In a typical example the player heads upcourt, dribbling the ball in (say) the left hand, then makes a wide step left with a good head fake. If the defender is deceived, the player can then switch to dribbling with the right hand and pass the defender. The crossover can allow the player an open short jumper or a clear path to the basket.
There are three basic types of crossover:
- Normal Crossover: In a normal crossover the player quickly changes direction while switching the ball to the opposite hand. This move relies primarily on speed.
- Half Crossover: In a half crossover, a player brings the ball from one side of their body across their chest and back to the original position in one movement. The move is often done with a head fake and a step towards the opposite side of the original position to make it more "believable". A variation of the move may include the player doing a normal crossover after the half crossover to cause further difficulty for the defensive player.
- Killer Crossover: In this move the player fakes in one direction, generally with a wide step and a head fake and usually from a standstill. The player then switches the dribble to the other hand between his legs and moves in that direction. This is one of the most effective methods of escaping a defender who is guarding closely. It is also popular in streetball because it can cause the defender to lose balance and fall in trying to react too quickly.
- Behind the back Crossover Behind the back crossover is the same as the usual crossover except the ball is dribbled behind the player. Another version of this move is called the "Wrap Around" where the player cups the ball and wraps it around to the other side slaping themselves in the rear end with their follow through.
- Double Crossover: This move can be considered a feigned crossover. The offensive player crosses the ball over (as with a normal or killer crossover) then quickly crosses the ball back to its original position. The double crossover is not aimed at breaking free of the defender so much as causing confusion and breaking the defender's balance. This move can also be replicated going between the legs or behind the back.
- Ankle-Breaking Crossover: When a crossover move is performed and the defender trips over himself and falls down.
The original crossover move has been used by all five positions on the court, but particularly by point and shooting guards. Oscar Robertson was known to do the move as early as the 1960's as well as Dwayne Washington while playing for Syracuse during the early 80's, but Tim Hardaway is credited with popularising the killer crossover in the NBA, while Allen Iverson has popularised the double crossover.
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2. Derrick Rose
3. Deron Williams