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The Best Current NBA Ball Handlers

Updated November 6, 2019 37.3k votes 4.9k voters 35.9k views77 items

List RulesVote 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
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    Kyrie Irving

    Brooklyn Nets

    PositionPoint guard

    Age27

    BirthplaceMelbourne, Australia

    Number2

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  • 2
    Trae Young is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current NBA Ball Handlers
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    237

    Trae Young

    Atlanta Hawks

    PositionPoint guard

    Number11

  • 3
    Kemba Walker is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current NBA Ball Handlers
    1,541
    731

    Kemba Walker

    Boston Celtics

    PositionPoint guard

    Age29

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Number15

  • 4
    Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current NBA Ball Handlers
    1,390
    660

    Chris Paul

    Oklahoma City Thunder

    PositionPoint guard

    Age34

    BirthplaceWinston-Salem, North Carolina, United States of America

    Number3

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  • 5
    Stephen Curry is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current NBA Ball Handlers
    2,227
    1,097

    Stephen Curry

    Golden State Warriors

    PositionPoint guard

    Age31

    BirthplaceAkron, Ohio, United States of America

    Number30

  • 6
    Damian Lillard is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current NBA Ball Handlers
    1,075
    508

    Damian Lillard

    Portland Trail Blazers

    PositionPoint guard

    Age29

    BirthplaceOakland, California

    Number0

  • 7
    James Harden is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current NBA Ball Handlers
    1,734
    856

    James Harden

    Houston Rockets

    PositionPoint guard

    Age30

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California

    Number13

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  • 8
    Ja Morant is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current NBA Ball Handlers
    138
    24

    Ja Morant

    Memphis Grizzlies

    PositionPoint guard

    BirthplaceDalzell, South Carolina, US

    Number12

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  • 9
    John Wall is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current NBA Ball Handlers
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    560

    John Wall

    Washington Wizards

    PositionPoint guard

    Age29

    BirthplaceRaleigh, North Carolina

    Number2

  • 10
    Paul George is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current NBA Ball Handlers
    437
    237

    Paul George

    Los Angeles Clippers

    PositionShooting guard, Small forward

    Age29

    BirthplacePalmdale, California

    Number24

  • 11
    Derrick Rose is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current NBA Ball Handlers
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    474

    Derrick Rose

    Detroit Pistons

    PositionPoint guard

    Age31

    BirthplaceUSA, Chicago, Illinois

    Number1

  • 12
    De'Aaron Fox is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current NBA Ball Handlers
    341
    178

    De'Aaron Fox

    Sacramento Kings

    PositionPoint guard

  • 13
    Luka Dončić is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current NBA Ball Handlers
    404
    222

    Luka Dončić

    Dallas Mavericks

    PositionGuard, Small forward

    Number11

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  • 14
    D'Angelo Russell is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current NBA Ball Handlers
    333
    178

    D'Angelo Russell

    Golden State Warriors

    PositionGuard

    Age23

  • 15
    Donovan Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current NBA Ball Handlers
    453
    269

    Donovan Mitchell

    Utah Jazz

    PositionSG

    Number45

  • 16
    Jamal Murray is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current NBA Ball Handlers
    203
    103

    Jamal Murray

    Denver Nuggets

    PositionPoint guard, Shooting guard

    Age22

    Number27

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  • 17
    Russell Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current NBA Ball Handlers
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    565

    Russell Westbrook

    Houston Rockets

    PositionPoint guard

    Age31

    BirthplaceLong Beach, California

    Number0

  • 18
    C. J. McCollum is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current NBA Ball Handlers
    240
    155

    C. J. McCollum

    Portland Trail Blazers

    PositionShooting guard

    Age28

    BirthplaceCanton, Ohio, United States of America

    Number3

  • 19
    Mike Conley, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current NBA Ball Handlers
    182
    118

    PositionPoint guard, Shooting guard

    Age32

    BirthplaceFayetteville, Arkansas, United States of America

    Number11

  • 20
    Kyle Lowry is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current NBA Ball Handlers
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    144

    Kyle Lowry

    Toronto Raptors

    PositionPoint guard

    Age33

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania

    Number3

  • 21
    Kevin Durant is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current NBA Ball Handlers
    583
    469

    Kevin Durant

    Brooklyn Nets

    PositionSmall forward

    Age31

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C., United States of America

    Number35

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  • 22
    Victor Oladipo is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current NBA Ball Handlers
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    316

    Victor Oladipo

    Indiana Pacers

    PositionPoint guard, Shooting guard

    Age27

    BirthplaceUpper Marlboro, Maryland

    Number5

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  • 23
    LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current NBA Ball Handlers
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    529

    LeBron James

    Los Angeles Lakers

    PositionSmall forward, Power forward

    Age35

    BirthplaceAkron, Ohio, United States of America

    Number23

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  • 24
    Lou Williams is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current NBA Ball Handlers
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    96

    Lou Williams

    Los Angeles Clippers

    PositionPoint guard, Shooting guard

    Age33

    BirthplaceMemphis, Tennessee

    Number3

  • 25
    Isaiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current NBA Ball Handlers
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    505

    Isaiah Thomas

    Washington Wizards

    PositionPoint guard

    Age30

    BirthplaceTacoma, Washington

    Number4

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