Some people love dunks, as a short basketball player I love someone who can handle the ball. I’m not talking about a simple handle; there are plenty of players that can just handle the ball. I like players that can keep the ball on a string as they say. A regular left-to-right or right-to-left crossover is cool but I like to see a good spin move, behind the back, a hesitation move, and my favorite might be the in-and-out move. If you can handle the ball then you can catch a defender with a crossover:
See Iguodala can handle the rock but he’s not an elite ball handler. He just hit the defender with a nice move.
These are my top 5 ball handlers in the league right now. I did leave Derrick Rose off of this list because I haven’t seen him play basketball in two years. There are other guards like Rondo, Westbrook, Conley, they can handle the ball but I don’t think they have elite handle.
5. Ty Lawson
He’s short, quick and strong. He’s so low to the ground so it’s hard for a defender to stop the crossover. He has a great crossover on the fastbreak because he changes directions so quickly. His hesitation moves are quick and can freeze a defender. The in-and-out on the fastbreak is also a favorite of mind. I think he’s underrated as a player but you can’t deny he has a nice crossover.
4. Deron Williams
He may not be worth his big contract anymore because of injuries. You can’t deny he still has one of the best crossovers. He has this bounce to him as he sets up his crossover. He’s not a quick player but he can change directions with the best of them. His ankles may be hurting but that doesn’t stop him from crossing people over.
3. Jamal Crawford
His hesitation move is one of the best. Defenders are always looking for the crossover but they still can’t stop it. After any move he can still get his shot off which is always important. He changes the speed of his dribble very well. If you are over-aggressive he can speed it up and make you look bad. His behind the back hop-step is one of the best moves I have ever seen.
2. Chris Paul
He’s a wizard with the basketball. He uses a lot of fakes with his moves and that’s how I like to dribble. His in-and-out is the best in the league to me. He can do it with either hand and at weird angles. He’s smooth and quick as he changes directions. He doesn’t use a regular crossover as much anymore; he uses the crossover between the legs and the in-and-out more often.
1. Kyrie Irving
He has the best pure crossover in the league. He uses it often in one on one situations and while running the pick-and-roll. He’s another guy that has a nice in-and-out move with either hand. He has a great hesitation move which allows him to quickly change directions and freeze a defender.