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)

Other Words from ball handler

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

Examples of ball handler in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web LeVert gave the Pacers another ball handler in the half court with guard Malcolm Brogdon out with a hamstring injury. Akeem Glaspie, The Indianapolis Star, 31 Oct. 2021 The ball handler pump fakes, getting the defender to jump in an effort to block or contest a shot. Akeem Glaspie, The Indianapolis Star, 2 Oct. 2021 Bridges remembers Shamet coming out of college being the primary ball handler for the Shockers. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, 30 Sep. 2021 Simons gives the team an additional ball handler that can really space out the floor on 2nd units with Tyus Jones. Tom Rende, Forbes, 29 Aug. 2021 But the scout added that Green needs to improve his consistency as a shooter and ball handler. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, 29 July 2021 As a ball handler, Holiday has provided a steady hand to the Bucks' offense, which set a franchise record for points scored in a season, and was top 10 in offensive efficiency. Christopher Kuhagen, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 24 June 2021 Kyrie Irving is the best ball handler in history … and the worst teammate ever. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, 27 May 2021 Durant is a much different player than Miami’s Jimmy Butler, who is a small threat from the three-point line and not the type of ball handler Durant is. Jim Owczarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 17 June 2021

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First Known Use of ball handler

1912, in the meaning defined above

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9 Nov 2021

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“Ball handler.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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