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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ballhandling \ˈbȯl-ˌhan(d)-liŋ, -ˌhan-dᵊl-iŋ \ noun

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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 Lue credited Clarkson with trying to do things other than score the ball, such as pressure the opposing ball handlers for longer stretches on the court. Joe Vardon,, "Jordan Clarkson vows to 'find my way' for Cavaliers after poor showing in playoffs so far," 2 May 2018 Cleveland has clearly missed Hill's numerous offensive contributions over the last three contests, as LeBron James has spent the bulk of his time as the primary ball handler. Chris Fedor,, "Tyronn Lue 'optimistic' George Hill will play in Game 7 but still taking wait-and-see approach," 28 Apr. 2018 While other ball handlers adjust to the physicality of the postseason, Holiday forges on with improbably perfect balance. Rob Mahoney,, "The Power of Jrue Holiday," 19 Apr. 2018 Senior Clinton Nicholas and junior Kaleb Jenkins were the primary ball handlers for the Cajuns and found teammates in good spots allowing them to advance the ball up the floor. Josh Preston,, "Country Day 61, Karr 50: Ross Talbot, Kaleb Jenkins combine for 42 points," 24 Jan. 2018 His ball handling is exceptional — like an exceptional ball handler. Fletcher Page, The Courier-Journal, "3 questions facing Kentucky basketball going into Tuesday's matchup at South Carolina," 15 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of ball handler

1912, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of ball handler was in 1912

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