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Elliot J. Schechter
Tim Hardaway and Manu Ginobili will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame this weekend, among others. Their signature movements may go into their own, too.
In the ’90s, Hardaway became almost synonymous with crossover. or in his own words“Deadly Crossing”.
In the 2000s and 2010s, Ginóbili did so much damage with Eurostep that it eventually became a border requirement for NBA players in their games.
Honoring them is an opportunity to celebrate both movements, and we’ll do so in the context of the title above.
But first, what exactly do we mean by “dirtiest?” How do we define the modern NBA?
This is not a list of the best or most unstoppable signature moves. Sure, efficacy is a component of filth, but that arrangement is also about aesthetics. Dirty moves are the kind that bring down a defender or make him look silly. But the best punctuation mark for distinction is Aquarius. The moves below led to a lot.
As for the timeframe we’re looking at, there are quite a few potential stops. Detailed tracking data has been available for the past several years. Play-by-play data is available as of the 1996-97 season. But we’ll go back a bit so we can include Hardaway and some legends from the ’80s.
For our purposes, the modern NBA is the three-point era (1979-80 to date).
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15. Tim Duncan’s Bank Shot
Tim Duncan The bank paid it She was sloppy in her models. It seems that he can access it whenever he wants. Its range extends far beyond paint. I felt an automatic limit.
14. Cross Court Statement by LeBron James
For a player who has been at or near the top of the league for nearly two decades, you might think it might be easier to narrow down his repertoire to a single signature move. It’s a testament to the ingenuity of LeBron James that you just can’t do.
He’s got a cock-back plunge, a chase block, a soft-crossing, a moving spin on the way to a layup, and most recently, the three starters. But thanks to his size, vision, and swiping ability, the movement he could do better than anyone else is across the court or skip traffic.
13. Kevin McHale in Up-and-Under
Basics don’t always translate to ‘dirty’. Like TD banker, though, Kevin McHale’s up and-undeQualified p.
Few players in league history have sold the fake post better than McHale. This move alienated many NBA defenders.
12. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s Sky Hook
If we were talking about the most effective signature movement.. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar sky hook He would have a strong argument for the lead.
Since it’s been an automatic bucket for so long, it’s almost becoming boring. But the shot’s dominance, and how powerless it can make defenders look, is still enough to classify it as sloppy.
11. Shaquille O’Neal’s Drop move
We continue with another transfer, this time from one of the most physically dominant players in league history: Shaquille O’Neal.
The drop step It is something most young players learn at some point. It’s a simple move, and the NBA’s top guys have posted it countless times.
What made Shaq filthy was his unparalleled combination of volume and blast. He insulted most of the old men who tried to guard him (Especially Chris Dudley).
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10. George Jervin’s Finger Roll
Go and ask your parents who had the dirtiest signature move of the ’70s and ’80s. You probably won’t hear many names before you get to George Gervin and him finger roll.
Gervin scored a variety of ways, but none was as dirty (or feathery) as a finger roll. He can reach paint against any defender, and the range at his end extends beyond most passes.
9. Kevin Durant “Hesi Pull-Up Jimbo”
For years, Durant has lulled defenders to sleep with a reluctance (usually with the ball in his left hand) beautifully laying out his picture-perfect jump. May be his best example flying dagger In Game 3 of the 2018 NBA Finals.
8. Magic Johnson No-Look Pass
The Showtime Lakers are one of the most exciting teams in NBA history, and Magic Johnson is the main reason behind that.
He has been the architect of countless perfectly executed fast breakfasts, and he is an engineer pass without a look It made her much more memorable than she would have otherwise been.
7. Dirk Nowitzki’s one-legged wilt
Dirk Nowitzki’s height was seven feet which made his core toughness solid enough for defense. The addition of a dimmer and a knee between the demobilization and the defenders made it impossible to bother them.
The One leg fade It was revolutionary for top men and basketball in general.
6. Stephen Curry pulled three
there abundant examples Stephen Curry hits ridiculous pull threes from several feet behind the three-point line.
Seemingly unstoppable, it triggered countless defenses in transition and brought a moment of tension between the release and the outcome that a play like highlighting couldn’t achieve.
There are many single plays that can illustrate all of the above, but no one does it as effectively as bell beater against the Oklahoma City Thunder who inspired what seemed like an involuntary double bang from the legendary Mike Breen.
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We may take Eurostep for granted now. Most guards and wards have one in the bag. They may not use it at every opportunity, but it’s almost a prerequisite for playmakers at the NBA level.
This was not always the case.
Šarūnas Marčiulionis from Favor to introduce the move to the NBA in the late 1980s, but it was Manu Ginobili, a 2022 Hall of Fame member, who popularized it.
Manu is more athletic than he is usually credited with, but he has never been on the same level as other star shooters of his era like Dwyane Wade or Kobe Bryant. He made up for that lack of blasting (and then some) with craft.
Eurostep was the clearest proof of this.
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Post-dry or monotonous movements can sometimes feel. Even legends like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Tim Duncan, Kevin McHale, and Shaquille O’Neal are drawn a little on the scale of fictional filth.
But this is not the case with Hakim Aliwan’s Dream Shake.
Moving from 7 feet with a mixture of speed and grace that Olajuwon used in his position movements was never boring. The touch he had to finish those moves out of the sprint range was also a crucial element.
There is a reason why many modern NBA players, Including Kobe Bryanthe sought personal guardianship of the dream.
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One of my former coaches has been a staunch supporter of the KISS (“keep it simple and stupid”) approach to basketball. There may be no more effective ball handling within this approach than the cross.
Plenty can put together a deck that looks great but doesn’t take the player anywhere. A well-executed crossover can shake the defender in a heartbeat and open up a number of options on the edge.
Few better examples of this than Tim Hardaway with Killer Crossover.
Hardaway often tilted his defender in one direction with a half-speed dribble before falling back into a Barry Sanders-like position and blasting the other direction.
The movement was compact, fast, sloppy and resulted in a lot of points and assists.
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In 2017, Tim Hardaway defended his place in the history of dirty movements in an interview with Scott Howard Cooper.
“I’m going to tell you this and everyone: Allen Iverson carried the basketball,” Hardaway said. “I got the original killer crossover and people are making my move… they are still trying to perfect my move as the killer crossover, and that’s my move, okay?”
With all due respect to the legend, the game has changed (in part because of both ballplayers), and the AI crossover feels like the natural progression of Hardaway. It’s something that has happened many times throughout the history of the sport.
Michael Jordan and much of what he did might not have existed without Julius Irving. Dr. J might not be the same without Elgin Baylor.
Iverson may have borrowed or influenced Hardaway for his crossing, complete with hesitation (or carry, if you’re so inclined), but that doesn’t make it any less filthy.
On the contrary, few players in the history of the game have handled the ball in the same way as Iverson. This, combined with his unyielding determination, is what made him one of the most influential players of all time.
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You get two for one for first place.
The dirtiest move of the modern age is Michael Jordan’s glamorous fade. And at least aesthetically speaking, Kobe Bryant was darn near a carbon copy.
Stacks, blocks, dribbling combos, and passes yield a lot of highlights, but the jump shot remains the primary skill of this game. This wobble is perhaps the most attractive example of that skill.
Unlike Dirk, MJ and Kobe didn’t have the built-in advantage of being seven feet tall. The class they created came from footwork and elite athletes. Shifting after playback required first-class focus and touch.
This combination of physical ability and skill not only made Jordan and Kobe some of the greatest players of all time. It made them cultural icons.