There may be nothing more mesmerizing to watch in the sporting world than a ball-handling wizard. A guy who has the ball on a string, who can do whatever he wants, whenever he wants.
Allen Iverson. Jason Williams. Jamal Crawford. Chris Paul. Steph Curry. The list goes on.
But Kyrie Irving and Kemba Walker are two of the best in the NBA. Not just now, ever. Ahead of their head-to-head matchup tonight, let's take a look at their best crossovers so far this season.
Watching Walker play is like watching Oprah during a holiday giveaway. You get one! You get one! I guess a lifetime of being told "You're not big enough" makes you want to crossover every moving object in your path.
Victim: Donte DiVincenzo
The most impressive thing about Walker's handles is the speed with which he changes direction. This is his patented crossover, the one he used in college
to get the nickname Cardiac Kemba. Slide your feet on defense kids.
Victim: Robert Covington
Walker went all the way into his bag for this one. Poor Robert Covington never stood a chance.
Victim: Trae Young
If you're going to hop around like a baby bird on defese, Kemba's going to roast you faster than can say "should've drafted Doncic." Welcome to the NBA Trae Young.
Victim: Robert Covington (again)
What did Robert Covington ever do to you?!?! This vicious hesitation stepback may be the reason Covington is happy he got traded out of the East.
Victim: Jimmy Butler
Jimmy Butler is one of the best perimeter defenders in the NBA, and Kemba gave it to him all night long
en route to a league-high 60 points. Walker got Butler early on with this filthy snatchback crossover.
Kyrie Irving has gone full Uncle Drew this season. With the Celtics' struggling more than expected, Irving has taken on a heavy workload of late. That just means the BPD has been working overtime to clean up the crime scenes he's left behind.
Victims: Trey Burke, Enes Kanter, Noah Vonleh
Double teams, triple teams, it doesn't matter. Kyrie puts Burke on his back hip and then hits Vonleh with a low-dribble crossover for the scoop and score.
Victims: Reggie Jackson and Andre Drummond
So nice, he did it twice. Irving dropped Jackson and then had Drummond grasping for air before finishing with an underhand flip shot.
Victim: Khris Middleton
Irving did his best impression of Rafa Nadal sliding for a forehand on the clay courts of the French Open with this stepback. He then drew three defenders, whirled around, and found an open Gordon Hayward at his spot on the elbow.
Victim: Juancho Hernangomez
At first glance, this looks like simply a blow-by. Watch again. He in-and-outs and puts english on the ball right before he explodes past Hernangomez, draws contact, and of course, he's too nice with the left hand finishes. This is the greatness you start to take for granted watching Kyrie play every night.
Victim: Ricky Rubio
Down goes Rubio! Down goes Rubio! In fairness, he tripped over Al Horford's shoe, but it actually worked in his favor. Had Horford not been there to stop his momentum, Rubio probably would have stubbled out of the frame.
Who's the crossover king? The next chapter of the battle takes place tonight when Irving and the C's take on Walker's Hornets.
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