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The Best Current NBA Ball Handlers 

Ranker NBA
Updated November 6, 2019 31.5k votes 4.5k voters 30.9k 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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Kyrie Irving is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current NBA Ball Handlers
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Stephen Curry is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current NBA Ball Handlers
Point guard from Akron

Teams: Golden State Warriors

Age: 31

Number: 30

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James Harden is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current NBA Ball Handlers
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Kemba Walker is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current NBA Ball Handlers
Point guard from New York City

Teams: Boston Celtics

Age: 29

Number: 15

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Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current NBA Ball Handlers
Point guard from Winston-Salem

Teams: Oklahoma City Thunder

Age: 34

Number: 3

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

Teams: Portland Trail Blazers

Age: 29

Number: 0

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

Teams: Washington Wizards

Age: 29

Number: 2

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Derrick Rose is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current NBA Ball Handlers
Point guard from Chicago

Teams: Detroit Pistons

Age: 31

Number: 1

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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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Russell Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current NBA Ball Handlers
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Donovan Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current NBA Ball Handlers
marsbar_18 added Donovan Mitchell

Teams: Utah Jazz

Number: 45

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

Teams: Los Angeles Clippers

Age: 29

Number: 24

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Luka Dončić is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current NBA Ball Handlers
kolipatsikoli added

Teams: Dallas Mavericks

Number: 11

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Kevin Durant is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current NBA Ball Handlers
Small forward from Washington

Teams: Brooklyn Nets

Age: 31

Number: 35

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D'Angelo Russell is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current NBA Ball Handlers
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LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current NBA Ball Handlers
arnas added Small forward and Power forward from Akron

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers

Age: 35

Number: 23

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De'Aaron Fox is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current NBA Ball Handlers
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Isaiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current NBA Ball Handlers
Point guard from Tacoma

Teams: Washington Wizards

Age: 30

Number: 4

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Victor Oladipo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current NBA Ball Handlers
Shooting guard from Upper Marlboro

Teams: Indiana Pacers

Age: 27

Number: 5

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

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers

Age: 33

Number: 9

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Jamal Murray is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current NBA Ball Handlers
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C. J. McCollum is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current NBA Ball Handlers
TRENT13 added Shooting guard from Canton

Teams: Portland Trail Blazers

Age: 28

Number: 3

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

Teams: Toronto Raptors

Age: 33

Number: 3

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

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 and Shooting guard from Fayetteville

Teams: Utah Jazz

Age: 32

Number: 11

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