Bill Russell Ditches Kyrie Irving & Stephen Curry To Declare This Player Has the Best Handles

Published 09/03/2021, 9:13 PM EDT
Dec 22, 2020; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry (30) controls the ball against Brooklyn Nets point guard Kyrie Irving (11) during the first quarter at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports


The NBA over the years has seen its fair share of star players. Be it talented scorers, incredible playmakers or lockdown defenders, players always have one special attribute. But arguably the fan favorite skill of them all is that of ball-handling mastered by the likes of Stephen Curry and Kyrie Irving.

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Over the years ball handling has become an essential element to a player’s game. With their ability to handle the ball and not turn it over, these players can easily sway their way through defenders. The best of the craft is arguably visible during transition play when a quick dribble is enough to trick the defender.

Mar 7, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Team Durant guard Kyrie Irving of the Brooklyn Nets (11) handles the ball against Team LeBron guard Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors (30) during the 2021 NBA All-Star Game at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Players like Tim Hardaway, Allen Iverson and Steve Nash to name a few have had elite ball-handling skills. Currently there might be many quality guards, but in terms of ball handling, two names standout Kyrie Irving and Stephen Curry.

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Bill Russell chooses Jamal Crawford over Kyrie Irving and Stephen Curry

Recently the debate who among Curry and Irving is a better ball handler and a more skilled player was all the rage. NBA fans were pretty much split with the debate given the incredible quality of the two.

But Celtics’ legend and 11-time World champion Bill Russell recently declared who according to him has the best handles. In a recent tweet, Russell picked former Knicks’ guard Jamal Crawford as his pick.

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When asked whether Crawford had the best handles or not, Russell tweeted, “Yes, of all time.” The former Celtics’ legend also gave a massive shout out to Crawford making his return as he wrote, “Can someone get this man back on a team!”

While Kyrie and Curry are incredible ball handlers, there is no doubting the incredible ball handling skills Jamal Crawford had in his prime. With some of the sickest moves and incredible control, the 3-time sixth man of the year was a force in transition.

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The former Knicks’ guard also acted as a spark plug off the bench for majority of the teams he played in. Often chipping in with 15 odd points, Crawford was invaluable to many teams. While the 42-year-old claims that he is ready to make his return to the league, it is highly unlikely that any team would be willing to take a chance on him.

Given his age and how his last stint was cut short due to injury, Crawford might not feature in the NBA anymore. Who do you think has the best handles of all time?

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Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.

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