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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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 But if Calderon falters, Lue may need to play Green as an extra ball handler with the first unit. Joe Vardon, cleveland.com, "Tristan Thompson to get his chance in Game 4 against Pacers," 22 Apr. 2018 Shifty ball handler with long-term go-to scoring upside. Sean Meagher | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive.com, "NBA mock draft roundup: Who the experts have the Portland Trail Blazers picking at No. 25," 6 June 2019 Jordan has to become more consistent as ball handler. Danielle Lerner, The Courier-Journal, "Jordan Nwora and Steven Enoch got some feedback from the NBA, and these are their takeaways," 5 June 2019 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

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First Known Use of ball handler

1912, in the meaning defined above

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