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

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Young is wise beyond his years as a pick-and-roll ball handler. Michael Shapiro, SI.com, "Sophomore Check-In: Assessing Expectations for Luka Doncic, Trae Young in Year 2," 26 July 2019 His game hinges on extraordinary hand-eye coordination and a soft touch around the greens - logical for one of the NBA’s best ball handlers and shooters. Ron Kroichick, SFChronicle.com, "Warriors’ Stephen Curry covets another kind of title at Tahoe event," 11 July 2019 Russell and Curry can take turns with working as primary ball handlers and off-ball shooters. Mark Medina, The Mercury News, "After first day of NBA free agency, Warriors thinking ahead to 2020-221 season," 1 July 2019 Of course, the story of the offense will ultimately come back to Jackson’s progress as a passer, ball handler and decision maker. Childs Walker, baltimoresun.com, "Ravens offensive coordinator Greg Roman grateful for opportunity to build from 'square zero'," 12 June 2019 There are questions on how a Curry/Russell backcourt will work since both mostly operate as ball handlers. Mark Medina, The Mercury News, "Warriors consolation prize: A D’Angelo Russell, Steph Curry backcourt to open Chase Center," 30 June 2019 Barrett is wildly athletic, an excellent slasher to the rim and pretty good ball handler. Terry Pluto, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Cavaliers: Talkin’ to myself about the 2019 NBA draft — Terry Pluto," 16 June 2019 The defenders collapse around maybe the strongest ball handler the game has seen. Dan Woike, latimes.com, "Which shooting star will join Lakers with Anthony Davis: Kyrie, Kemba or who?," 15 June 2019 The Warriors did away with the Rockets when Curry was cast as a ball handler in the pick-and-roll. The Crossover Staff, SI.com, "NBA Finals Roundtable: Picking the Best Adjustments in Advance of Game 3," 4 June 2019

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1912, in the meaning defined above

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