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The Best Current NBA Ball Handlers 

Ranker NBA
Updated November 6, 2019 30.7k votes 4.4k voters 29.7k views 77 items

List Rules Vote up the players who are the best with the ball in their hands.

Who are the best ball handlers currently in the NBA? Certainly, this list includes some of the best ball handlers playing right now, and potentially some of the top NBA players of all time. Check out these lists of best current dunkers and best active scorers, along with the best (worst) NBA floppers playing today

The top ball handlers who are currently playing in the NBA are certainly among the overall top current NBA players too (James Harden, Kyrie Irving, Stephen Curry, and Chris Paul come to mind immediately). 

The highly skilled NBA players on this list can make or break a team's performance on the court. They are usually quick dribblers who have sick crossovers and can Euro step around their defenders with ease. These ankle breakers are experts at changing directions and hesitation moves.

Vote for the current NBA ball handlers that you think are the most important, key players for their respective teams, and if your favorite player isn't listed, add him. You can also re-rank this list of NBA players with the best handles in any order you want.

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1
Kyrie Irving is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current NBA Ball Handlers
Point guard from Melbourne, Australia

Teams: Brooklyn Nets

Age: 27

Number: 2

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2
Stephen Curry is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current NBA Ball Handlers
Point guard from Akron, Ohio, United States of America

Teams: Golden State Warriors

Age: 31

Number: 30

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3
James Harden is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current NBA Ball Handlers
Shooting guard from Los Angeles, California

Teams: Houston Rockets

Age: 30

Number: 13

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4
Kemba Walker is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current NBA Ball Handlers
Point guard from New York City, New York

Teams: Boston Celtics

Age: 29

Number: 15

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5
Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current NBA Ball Handlers
Point guard from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States of America

Teams: Oklahoma City Thunder

Age: 34

Number: 3

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6
Damian Lillard is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current NBA Ball Handlers
arnas added Point guard from Oakland, California

Teams: Portland Trail Blazers

Age: 29

Number: 0

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7
John Wall is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current NBA Ball Handlers
Point guard from Raleigh, North Carolina

Teams: Washington Wizards

Age: 29

Number: 2

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8
Derrick Rose is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current NBA Ball Handlers
Point guard from Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Teams: Detroit Pistons

Age: 31

Number: 1

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9
Trae Young is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current NBA Ball Handlers
kolipatsikoli added Trae Young

Teams: Atlanta Hawks

Number: 11

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10
Russell Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current NBA Ball Handlers
Point guard from Long Beach, California

Teams: Houston Rockets

Age: 31

Number: 0

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11
Donovan Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current NBA Ball Handlers
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Teams: Utah Jazz

Number: 45

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12
Paul George is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current NBA Ball Handlers
kolipatsikoli added Shooting guard, Small forward from Palmdale, California

Teams: Los Angeles Clippers

Age: 29

Number: 24

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13
Kevin Durant is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current NBA Ball Handlers
Small forward from Washington, D.C., United States of America

Teams: Brooklyn Nets

Age: 31

Number: 35

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14
Luka Dončić is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current NBA Ball Handlers
kolipatsikoli added

Teams: Dallas Mavericks

Number: 11

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15
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current NBA Ball Handlers
arnas added Small forward, Power forward from Akron, Ohio, United States of America

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers

Age: 35

Number: 23

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16
Isaiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current NBA Ball Handlers
Point guard from Tacoma, Washington

Teams: Washington Wizards

Age: 30

Number: 4

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17
D'Angelo Russell is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current NBA Ball Handlers
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Teams: Golden State Warriors

Age: 23

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18
De'Aaron Fox is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current NBA Ball Handlers
19
Victor Oladipo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current NBA Ball Handlers
Shooting guard from Upper Marlboro, Maryland

Teams: Indiana Pacers

Age: 27

Number: 5

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20
Rajon Rondo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current NBA Ball Handlers
lu6110 added Point guard from Louisville, Kentucky, United States of America

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers

Age: 33

Number: 9

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21
C. J. McCollum is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current NBA Ball Handlers
TRENT13 added Shooting guard from Canton, Ohio, United States of America

Teams: Portland Trail Blazers

Age: 28

Number: 3

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22
Jamal Murray is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current NBA Ball Handlers
23
Kyle Lowry is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current NBA Ball Handlers
kolipatsikoli added Point guard from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Teams: Toronto Raptors

Age: 33

Number: 3

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24
Giannis Antetokounmpo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current NBA Ball Handlers
kolipatsikoli added Small forward, Point forward from Athens, Greece

Teams: Milwaukee Bucks

Age: 25

Number: 34

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Mike Conley, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current NBA Ball Handlers
kolipatsikoli added Point guard, Shooting guard from Fayetteville, Arkansas, United States of America

Teams: Utah Jazz

Age: 32

Number: 11

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