Isiah Thomas explains how his crossover differed from Iverson’s
STYLE VS. QUICKNESS

Isiah Thomas explains how his crossover differed from Iverson’s

Tim Hardaway, Allen Iverson, and Isiah Thomas would be most people’s picks when discussing who had the best crossover of all-time. But according to the latter, you would be deciding between two different types of that particular jaw-dropping dribble move.

The crossover that myself and Tim had, it was a one-two between the legs, and then it was a low crossover under the knees. We were thought that you play inside the box. You never come outside the box so you can get right to your shot.

Isiah Thomas, Open Court

Playing inside the box means keeping the ball within a certain distance from the body. That allows a player to make a quicker transition from dribbling motion into the shot, allowing for better utilization of the space created after a crossover move. But it also makes the move harder to sell.

Both Isiah and Tim complemented their crossovers with body feints, which, combined with the quickness of the move, made the whole dribbling sequence much more believable. Iverson’s signature crossover was equally believable, but The Answer did it differently.

Iverson came in with a crossover that was outside of the box. His crossover was out here, and then he would shake with it and then bring it back. And so when he went outside the box, that’s why Iverson had to bring his shot back in to shoot. That’s the difference.

Isiah Thomas, Open Court

AI’s range of motion while doing the crossover was much wider compared to two other all-time great dribblers. He also didn’t have to incorporate so much upper-body movement. Hand-to-hand ball switch alone did the job for the Hall of Famer.

However, the Sixers legend did add to the move by following it up with a step-dance-like motion which allowed him a quicker first step once a defender would bite. That obverse, combined with a streetball-inspired crossover, which many argue bordered on a carry, created one of the most lethal dribbling moves in NBA history.

When he added the shake to it, I’m glad it was on Jordan, and it wasn’t on me.

Isiah Thomas, Open Court

Isiah didn’t make his pick, but it’s safe to assume he would say he had the best crossover of all-time. Whether you agree with him or not, you can’t go wrong with any of these three all-time great NBA ballhandlers. It all comes down to preference.