Kevin Durant’s crossover is getting to the point where it’s not just a nasty little move he can bust out on occasion for funs. It’s quickly become a move. Like a dirty, filthy, disgusting move. In [insert pickup game] over the weekend, KD and Sacramento Kings forward Donte Greene traded crossovers. Greene’s was nice. A quick move on Durant that led to a serious dunk.
But Durant’s was the kind where you don’t even have to shoot after. Greene went tumbling backwards and already before KD even attempted his jumper, he’d won. He could’ve just flipped the ball back to Greene and went the other way. It’s one of those moves that as KD starts his sequence of breaking down Greene, the crowd is starting to rumble (hrrrmm) and then as KD tests Greene with the first little cross and backs him off, the noise jumpers (ahhh) and when he breaks out the big move, everyone just lets it all out (OOOOOOOOOOOHAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHH). Love that.
Durant’s used this cross at time — quite effectively, I might add — but I’ve seen it a ton in these pickup videos this summer. KD’s always had a solid handle, but he’s getting more comfortable with it, especially in terms of using it to create space and find a good look. Which is one of the few things Durant can improve upon — creating his own shot with space. Looks like he didn’t have much trouble there.