ball handler

noun

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

Examples of ball handler in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Bey also performed well as a pick-and-roll ball handler (88th percentile) and in transition (93rd percentile), but his limited burst leaves questions on how that will translate against bigger, stronger NBA defenders. Joe Freeman, oregonlive, "NBA mock draft roundup: Portland Trail Blazers on clock at pick No. 16," 12 Nov. 2020 Though not an elite ball handler, Hayes is a master at using angles to find open teammates and make plays off the dribble. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "Warriors draft: Why Killian Hayes could be an intriguing option at No. 2," 2 Oct. 2020 Layer in Durham as a steady, experienced third ball handler, and Indiana has players capable of launching quick transition offense. Zach Osterman, The Indianapolis Star, "Addition of Khristian Lander to IU basketball's backcourt could be key to Hoosiers' success," 14 Oct. 2020 VanVleet is another ball handler who can run the offense. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, "Phoenix Suns: Is Fred VanVleet or Jerami Grant better fit?," 7 Oct. 2020 In recent weeks, with so much uncertainty early in the draft, Hayes has gained traction as an option for the Warriors at No. 2. With Golden State, Hayes could fill an immediate need as a secondary ball handler who can knock down open shots. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "How dad’s choice put Killian Hayes on track to potentially go No. 2 to Warriors," 2 Oct. 2020 While the ball handler drifts toward the baseline, the screener frees up the shooter by putting a body on a defender who is distracted by the player with the ball. Christian Clark, NOLA.com, "Pelicans coaching candidates: Darvin Ham an intriguing mix of old and new school," 4 Sep. 2020 G Killian Hayes, Ulm — Young point guard with flashes as a passer and ball handler. Omari Sankofa Ii, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons 2020 NBA Draft Lottery primer: What you need to know," 21 Aug. 2020 When the big stays to help contain as the on-ball defender pushes the ball handler downward the Pacers were getting destroyed by the slot cutter. J. Michael, The Indianapolis Star, "Pacers were figuring things out before stoppage. Now healed up, they're ready for restart.," 5 June 2020

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First Known Use of ball handler

1912, in the meaning defined above

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20 Nov 2020

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“Ball handler.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ball%20handler. Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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