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Video: Kevin Durant drops Sasha Pavlovic with the crossover

Nov 3, 2012, 7:00 PM EDT

We don’t really think of Kevin Durant as a skilled ball-handler, specifically. He’s certainly one of the smoothest scorers in the game, and can explode to the rim for a dunk in traffic just as easily as he can pull up for a quick-release three-pointer from distance.

Maybe this play will help get Durant’s handles a little more publicity.

Just as Durant passes half court with the ball, you can seeing him begin to set up his defender, Sasha Pavlovic. One quick move and Pavlovic is dropped, but Durant isn’t finished yet.

He could have pulled up for a floater, a shot that he can hit at a fairly high percentage. But continuing on the point guard track, he sees a cutting Nick Collison along the baseline, so he dishes a perfect and quick bounce pass that results in the easy slam.

Durant has proven to be enough of a problem already as the league’s leading scorer over the past three seasons. If he decides to focus on distributing like this a little more in the future, there will truly be no way of stopping him.

[via Dime]

  1. rocirius - Nov 3, 2012 at 8:19 PM

    Durant!!! If he only had a big like Shaq or even Gasol in their prime.

  2. cmehustle - Nov 3, 2012 at 8:21 PM

    Well, in Pavlovic’s defense his name is Sasha Pavlovic. Everyone knew he had no chance against KD.

  3. steelmeats - Nov 3, 2012 at 9:24 PM

    Not quite as good as hyped wasn’t a true ankle breaking. Looks more like Sasha slipped. He certainly got turned around by the fake though

  4. moseskkim - Nov 4, 2012 at 12:42 AM

    That was legit! Sweet move and way more broken anklish than the Jamal Crawford video a couple days ago

  5. timb12 - Nov 4, 2012 at 1:20 AM

    How is Thabeet getting so much playing time? I don’t understand.

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