Another month has come and gone in our 2012-13 NBA journey and with that means the league has released the top 10 crossovers from the month of January on their YouTube page. That is the video you see above this text.
Let's go through the highlights together, shall we?
10. MarShon Brooks goes behind his back to beat the trap
You have to be either really quick with your behind-the-back dribble or have to be going against some pretty apathetic defense to pull off this move -- or if you're MarShon Brooks going against the Sacramento Kings, then it's probably a mixture of the two.
A few years ago, Tyreke Evans was destroying the competition in his rookie season with quick little inside-out dribble before going with the crossover. Fast forward to 2013 and Kyrie Irving might be the best in the NBA at pulling off that move. The 2012 Rookie of the Year just used that move to break down the probable 2013 Rookie of the Year.
Jamal Crawford probably has the best handle in the NBA when it comes to do doing tricks with the ball in a game. On this play, he showed Thabo Sefolosha his power animal, which showed Thabo how to slide. Either that or Thabo has been trying to imitate Tom Cruise in Risky Business on the court. Pick whichever movie reference you prefer.
The fact that Kevin Durant is 6-foot-11 (unofficially but realistically) and is able to pull off a move like this without fumbling the ball out of bounds is kind of insane. He also made DeRozan's knees buckle a little bit like a heavyweight boxer trying to stay on his feet after a deadly right hook.
6. Andre Iguodala gets nasty before the dunk
Remember that inside-out move before the crossover we just talked about with Kyrie Irving? Iguodala did that on a fast break before finishing with the powerful dunk. Not to mention, he finished through the bad foul by Alec Burks.
It's one thing to hurt your defender with one big crossover but then to go back through your legs to finish him is just very Mortal Kombat of Chris Paul. What is Darius Morris even supposed to do there? Holy water and a crucifix couldn't have gotten him out of that predicament.
Speaking of Mortal Kombat, this play is even more entertaining if you imagine Joe Johnson screaming, "Get over here!" like Scorpion does when he does that spear/rope grab move.
3. Jamal Crawford makes a second appearance
This was actually my favorite crossover highlight of the month. A couple of things happen on this play. The first is Crawford turns Wes Matthews into a horrible remake of the "Virtual Insanity" video by Jamiroquai. The second is that Crawford gets Matthews so badly that Wes just gave up before the play is done and pleaded for the ref to do him a solid. Crawford is making everybody slide.
There is nothing for Ish Smith to feel bad about here. When I moved to Minneapolis in 2011, I had a hard time adjusting to walking on icy sidewalks and took a spill like this one day while trying to walk up a ramp to my apartment building. The only differnece is I didn't have thousands of people watching me. It was just one old lady who pretended not to see me take my fall.
1. James Harden goes through his own wickets
This one is a fantastic move in transition but ... did he double dribble on the play? Shouldn't that knock him down a couple of spots on the highlight reel?