When it comes to dribbling prowess and the best handles in the NBA, two names that always comes up in conversations are Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors. Although the back-to-back MVP also has the ball control many could only dream of having, he admitted that he is also left in awe of Irving’s ball handling excellence, together with Eric Gordon and Paul Millsap, among others.
In a recent feature by Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated, Curry explained what he described as an “uncanny ability” to shift directions effortlessly. He also added that he thinks that’s what makes him an even more effective player.
“He is able to use both hands and he’s shifty and crafty. He changes speeds to keep people off-balance. Perhaps the best way to put it into words, he has an uncanny kind of ability to go one way, stop on a dime, right to left, left to right, whichever, and still be on balance and get by you. It’s unpredictable. You just don’t know which way he is going.”
In his six seasons in the league, Irving has made a name for himself as a nightmare matchup for opposing guards being one of the most difficult players in the league to defend. He has also worked tirelessly on his outside shooting over the past few years which has helped his game become more complete.
Last June, his vastly improved jumpshot was on full display and he even showed that he won’t shy away from taking on pressure-packed shots like the clutch three-pointer in Game 7 of the NBA Finals.
With Irving setting the plays for the Cavs, combined with his top-notch handles, his team is geared for another run at a title. The experience he got from a year ago has also added to his maturity, which makes it even harder to bet against them not to repeat as champions this season.