ball handler


Definition of ball handler

: a player who controls the ball in any of various games especially : a player who is skilled at handling the ball (as in basketball)

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Other Words from ball handler

ballhandling \ ˈbȯl-​ˌhan(d)-​liŋ How to pronounce ballhandling (audio) , -​ˌhan-​dᵊl-​iŋ \ noun

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Purdue knows that kind of scoring won’t come easy against Virginia’s pack line defense that pressures the ball handler and sealing off the lane. Gary B. Graves, The Seattle Times, "No. 1 seed Virginia, No. 3 Purdue meet in South Region final," 29 Mar. 2019 Baylor-Carroll, likely a sub-6-footer, is a slippery ball handler with a penchant for pull-up jumpers and step-back three-pointers. Aaron Carter,, "AJ Hoggard, Archbishop Carroll to be tested in PIAA state quarterfinals," 15 Mar. 2018 For a team that has long lacked a reliable ball handler off the bench, the Wizards were smart to pick up Rivers. Rohan Nadkarni,, "Trade Grades: Clippers Move Reads a DeAndre Jordan Free Agency Precursor," 26 June 2018 Spoelstra’s use of multiple ball handlers in dribble-handoff situations, coupled with the addition of cutting bodies, gives the offense various options to score without the presence of an elite scorer. Karl Bullock,, "The Case for Coach of the Year: Erik Spoelstra," 1 Feb. 2018 Mizzou also needs another ball handler, and not just for late-game inbounds situations. Sam Mellinger, kansascity, "Mizzou at its best in a while, and about to get better? | The Kansas City Star," 13 Feb. 2018 Weaknesses • Not an advanced ball handler or shot creator off the bounce. Doesn’t create much of his own offense. Chris Johnson,, "2018 NBA Draft: Khyri Thomas Scouting Report and Highlights," 15 June 2018 Hill gave the Cavs another ball handler, an outlet to combat the full-court pressure Toronto used against James, mimicking Indiana's strategy to wear him down. Chris Fedor,, "George Hill has made Cleveland Cavaliers' offense whole once again," 8 May 2018 The thought is that Shamet can come in and make shots while being a secondary ball handler. Keith Pompey,, "Sixers' Landry Shamet out with sprained right ankle," 7 July 2018

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First Known Use of ball handler

1912, in the meaning defined above

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