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Top 5 Players With The Best Handles In NBA History

  • A list of top NBA players that can handle the basketball best
Alex Aroko
Top 5 / Top 10
Modified 20 Dec 2019, 14:15 IST

Who's No. 1: Stephen Curry or Kyrie Irving?

Ball handlers are a key component to any team’s success. Someone must dribble the team out of difficult positions, which require finesse as opposed to force. The And-1 craze in the NBA came and went, but ball handlers in the NBA are still loved.

The following players have broken their fair share of ankles through the years, putting numerous defenders on the wrong end of highlight reels. As a result, they have put themselves in the conversation for having perhaps the best handles of all time.

P.S. This is not a list of players with the meanest crossovers.

Notable Mentions:

Kemba Walker, Charlotte Hornets

Kemba does not get enough credit mostly because he’s in a small market with a poorly run franchise. When he is rolling, he’s arguably the best show in the NBA with the way he humiliates guys and plays with them. It's beautiful to watch.

#5 Jamal Crawford

Golden State Warriors v Minnesota Timberwolves
Jamal Crawford

At 6ft 5” Jamal Crawford is taller than most elite ball handlers with a terrific 6ft 10” wingspan.


He’s so good, his opponents can never stop what they see coming. He is always on his toes with an incredible thought process in place to blow by his defenders. He gets in rhythm fast, and that’s when he brings the chaos.

He has long crossovers and hesitation moves, high dribbles, and very straight up behind the back dribbles. He's also great at runners and floaters which compliment his length, not to mention his awesome contested, high-arching jump shot with the leg kicks. He currently holds the record for most career four-point plays made.

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