3. Dwyane Wade
Wade might still be the most explosive guard in the game, and his first step off the dribble is still too hot to feel for most defenders. But back in the day, there was no one touching his crossover. He got everyone with it, and was one of the few guys in the league who had it all: the regular crossover, the stepback, through-the-legs and even behind-the-back. No one in recent memory has had the change of direction ability Wade has. He’s been doing the same moves for years, and coaches are still breaking clipboards over them.
“There’s no better feeling than that,” Wade once said about taking bodies, and over the course of his career, he’s left enough wide chalk outlines to put Crayola out of business. When I went to the Fly Wade 2 launch in Miami with D-Wade last month, it seemed like the whole concept of the new sneaker was centered around one idea: Being able to absorb a change of direction.
“He’s super hard on his shoes,” the lead designer Andre Doxey told me. Wade has to be. This is his bread and butter, and his crossover is like Leonidas on a cloudy day: no prisoners and no mercy. Just ask guys like Andrei Kirilenko, Evan Turner, Baron Davis, Eric Snow and Ray Allen.