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Does Jamal Crawford have the game’s best handles? (VIDEO)

Sep 3, 2013, 12:05 AM EDT

The ability to control the ball off the dribble in a variety of ways is a key component of being able to score from the guard position.

This video mix of Jamal Crawford, compiled from his summer pro-am in Seattle, is proof that he’s among the best in the league at this very specific skill.

So what say you, is Crawford’s handle unbeatable by players in today’s NBA? Kyrie Irving has shown some special talent in this area, as has Crawford’s Clippers teammate, Chris Paul. Let us know who your choice is in the comments.

  1. jabronikid - Sep 3, 2013 at 12:18 AM

    Crawford usually finishes his dance moves via jump shots while Kyrie frequently penetrates/drives to the basket when he does his chacha.

  2. 00maltliquor - Sep 3, 2013 at 12:56 AM

    I’ve always liked Deron Williams’. Is he the best….idk. Maybe. J Crossover is definitely in the convrrsation though.

  3. losanginsight - Sep 3, 2013 at 1:09 AM


  4. maracineanu16 - Sep 3, 2013 at 2:46 AM

    On the whole – European players are better shooters, better passers and better ball-handlers (the problem is none of them is athletic enough to become a real superstar). But of course there are some great exceptions to this “rule” – Jymal, CP3, Kyrie (he has Australian roots), etc.

  5. unsportsmenmic - Sep 3, 2013 at 7:05 AM

    Reblogged this on UnSportsMenMic.

  6. jcrileyesq - Sep 3, 2013 at 7:17 AM

    best thing about crawford handle verses the rest is that he rarely palms the ball

  7. kingwithringz - Sep 3, 2013 at 7:36 AM

    Kyrie Irving?

  8. maracineanu16 - Sep 3, 2013 at 8:14 AM

    Ricky Rubio

  9. timcruise10 - Sep 3, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Irving’s really GOOOD. he’s probably next to WESTBROOK.

    Westbrook > Irving > Crawford

  10. antistratfordian - Sep 3, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    I just saw Jamal Crawford at IKEA the other day. He’s shorter and skinnier than I would’ve excepted. He’s listed as 6’5, but there’s no way in the world he’s 6’5.

    But he’s a really nice, down to earth guy – at least from what I could tell by watching him talk on his cell phone.

  11. progress2011 - Sep 4, 2013 at 3:20 AM

    J. Crawford is a thrill to watch…..LOVE his competitiveness! I still think he should have won the 6th man award, over J.R.

    As far as “Best Handles”…..I think it depends on what style of play you enjoy the most.

    ^ A lot of guys Shake, with no purpose….they have all these moves, standing in one spot. Not setting up another player and not making progress to the paint.

    ^ Others have good handles and can get where they want to go With Ease but have very little Shake or Flare (Steve Nash).

    My personal favorite is Steph Curry: Dude’s handle is:
    * Smooth/ Effortless
    * Breaks ankles
    ^ Have a purpose- he’s getting a good shot or setting someone else up

    With so many skilled guys, not sure there is one “Best Handler”

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