The Utility And Necessity of The Crossover In The NBA
This chart comes from Free Darko and it appears to lack any scientific or mathematical research to back it up, but it still feels right and is interesting and hilarious at the same time:
The X-axis denotes function of the crossover while the Y-axis denotes perceived importance. I haven’t seen Jennings play too much, but based on what I’ve heard and seen, it wouldn’t surprise me for his crossover to be all flash and no substance. “Z-Bo” (Zach Randolph), is hilariously off the page. And my favorite thing about it is sleepy T-Mac vs. angry T-Mac. I don’t think anyone’s seen angry T-Mac in about 3-4 years, but still funny.
I assume the guys that are in the top left corner are guys who use the crossover to pull up for jumpers (like Roy and D-Will), as opposed to guys who are using it to get to the bucket like Rose and Rondo. I love fun charts.