The crossover, when used correctly and at the right time, can be one of the most effective moves in basketball. Correct application of this move should result in the defender going in the opposite way of the offensive player and, in some cases, falling. Doing good and spectacular crossover requires speed and good ball handling.
Here I give you three types of crossover that will help you beating your defense…
- Basic crossover → First pass: decelerate, if you have too much speed you could lose the control of the ball. To execute this move properly, the ball should be extended out as far-east and west (right and left)-as possible. Extending the ball east and west will force the defender to react and to defend the ball side penetration line. This also gives the offensive player time to read which line, the defender, has chosen to defend. Even though the ball is extended east and west, your feet should still be in a north/south (straight to the basket) stent. This will make it easier to accelerate through the open penetration line once the ball has been crossed over. When crossing the ball over, it should be dribbled not higher than the knee, preferably ankle high.
- Shammgod move → God Shammgod is most known for the flashy crossover that he created as a college player with the Providence Friars. After all, there aren’t many players who have an iconic move named after them. Nowadays “The Shammgod” dribble is used by point guards like Chris Paul and Kyrie Irving in an effort to pass defenders.
- The A.I. → What is it? All basketball fans should know it! Remember that amazing moment on March 12th, 1997, when the young Allen Iverson crossed over the greatest basketball player ever, Michael Jordan? The AI is another great move for players who like to use the basic crossover. It can be broken down into three parts:
- The first part is an exaggerated crossover, which is designed to shift the defender. As the offensive player, you are really not trying to attack the basket on this first move, but nearly trying to get the defender off bounce.
- The second part is a series of quick dribbles. Their purpose is to let the defender recover from the first initial crossover, setting him up for the final movement.
- Once the defender has recovered and back in the defensive stand, is the time to finish him off: the last move of the AI is an over exaggerated basic crossover, with the intention of really nocking your opponent out of the box!
If you are looking for a move to break defenders’ ankles, the AI is definitely the answer.