Hesitation Crossover [Video Demonstration]
Tuesday , Nov , 30 , 1999 C.Y. Ellis

Hesitation Crossover [Video Demonstration]

Gary Payton doesn't often end up looking a fool on the court, but Jason Williams sure clowned him with this crossover, faking the former defensive player of the year off his feet. As with many of the best crossovers, the basic motions themselves aren't particularly difficult to emulate here, the real challenge being that of convincing your man to bite on the up-fake.

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Hardaway Crossover [Video Demonstration]
Tuesday , Nov , 30 , 1999 C.Y. Ellis

Hardaway Crossover [Video Demonstration]

Chris Childs knows how hard this crossover can be to guard having had his ankles broken with it on more than occasion thanks to Tim Hardaway. Despite being the simplest of the set in terms of total movements, the fake has to be sold properly if it's to be of any use.

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Backache [Video Demonstration]
Tuesday , Nov , 30 , 1999 Hoopsvibe

Backache [Video Demonstration]

Dribble the ball low to make the defender bend down a little.

With one hand only, put the ball on the back of your defender.

With the opposite hand, hit the ball so it comes back to you above the head of your defender.

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Tornado
Tuesday , Nov , 30 , 1999 Hoopsvibe

Tornado

The Tornado is a freestyle move that can easily be used as an efficient offensive move. When using this move, the defender will often get confused and think your are only passing the ball behind his head.

The strength of this move is the spin you perform after passing the ball above the defender's head. The spin leaves the defender behind you and leave you open for a drive to the basket.

Spin Cross [Video Demonstration]
Tuesday , Nov , 30 , 1999 Hoopsvibe

Spin Cross [Video Demonstration]

Start with your right hand. Fake a fast start towards the right. At this point your defender believes you are driving to the basket with your right hand.

Block your start spinning clockwise at 180 degrees while bouncing the ball in your back from your right hand to your left hand.

The basket should be in your back when you catch the ball in your left hand.

As soon as your ball is in your right hand, continue spinning the remaining 180 degrees while bringing the ball back to your right hand between your legs.

As soon as the ball is in your right hand, fake another fast start towards the right and bring the ball back to the left hand by bouncing it behind your back.

 

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Baron Davis Spin [Video Demonstration]
Tuesday , Nov , 30 , 1999 C.Y. Ellis

Baron Davis Spin [Video Demonstration]

If you want evidence of the efficacy of the move, you need look no further than Manu Ginobili, who found himself looking at thin air after Baron Davis turned him the wrong way with this one. Solid footwork and body control are required here, as well as good timing to ensure that the ball isn't exposed to the defender at any point.

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Bynum crossover [Video Demonstration]
Tuesday , Nov , 30 , 1999 C.Y. Ellis

Bynum crossover [Video Demonstration]

While not much to look at in isolation, this crossover can be beautiful when pulled off cleanly. Former Georgia Tech guard Will Bynum has broken it out frequently over the years, often using it to create space while caught in traffic. Simple to pick up but hard to perfect, it's a valuable addition to anyone's repertoire.

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Alimoe Crossover [Video Demonstration]
Tuesday , Nov , 30 , 1999 C.Y. Ellis

Alimoe Crossover [Video Demonstration]

If there's any name you can attach to this move, it's that of AND1's Alimoe, whose frequent use of the crossover has left ballers from coast to coast looking lost. Although effective in most one-on-one situations, it's best employed in transition with a defender facing you up.

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Killer Crossover [Video Demonstration]
Tuesday , Nov , 30 , 1999 C.Y. Ellis

Killer Crossover [Video Demonstration]

The Killer Crossover is a shake most associated with former Golden State and Miami point guard Tim Hardaway, often being referred to as the “UTEP Two-step” as a consequence. In an era when crossovers were rarely seen, Tim would regularly freeze his defender to the floor with this one, earning the move its ominous title. Nowadays it can still be seen on the NBA hardwood, with each new generation of players putting their own spin on the old favorite.

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Scissors
Tuesday , Nov , 30 , 1999 C.Y. Ellis

Scissors

Move Type: Game/Crossover Tip: Dip your shoulder in the direction of the fake to make it more convincing.

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Whirlwind Remix
Tuesday , Nov , 30 , 1999 C.Y. Ellis

Whirlwind Remix

Move Type: Game

Tip: Dribble the ball two to three feet behind your defender and it should be fairly easy to regain control.

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The Punch [Video Demonstration]
Tuesday , Nov , 30 , 1999 C.Y. Ellis

The Punch [Video Demonstration]

Move Type: Game

Tip: Positioning of the ball is key. It must be placed close enough to the defender that they attempt to take it, but not so close that they can reach it before you do.

Notes: The original version of this move was invented by Rory "Disaster" Grace, who finished the trick by knocking the ball between the defender's legs with his fist. This is what gave rise to the name "The Punch".

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The Catwalk [Video Demonstration]
Tuesday , Nov , 30 , 1999 C.Y. Ellis

The Catwalk [Video Demonstration]

Move Type: Game

Tip: The timing of the tap is essential. Hit the ball too early and your defender will close their legs. Hit it too late, and they might steal it from you.

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