Stephen Curry reveals his Mount Rushmore of ball handlers
To no surprise, Curry certainly feels the same way after naming off those included in his Mount Rushmore of all-time ballhandlers during an appearance on NBA TV:
— NBA TV (@NBATV) January 29, 2018
“I’ll put myself on there. Kyrie [Irving]. “Pistol” Pete [Maravich] and Magic Johnson. He was up there and it wasn’t anything like break your ankles type but he can get from point A to point B and there’s nothing you can do about it. Ballhandling is about being efficient so that is why I had to put him in there.”
Needless to say, Curry’s list included a few surprises. For starters, he seemingly acknowledged that the only player around today that possesses comparable handles to himself is Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving. It goes without saying that the Warriors superstar has seen more than enough of Irving’s repertoire to give him the nod.
He also paid homage to one of the game’s earliest ballhandling guru’s in the late NBA legend Pete Maravich. Otherwise known as “Pistol Pete,” he was a player well before his time and essentially helped revolutionize the game with his fast-paced and electrifying style of play. Meanwhile, Magic Johnson is often overlooked in this debate due to the fact that he did not rely much on a bevy of dribbling moves to help him gain the advantage over opponents, but his elite control of the ball for someone his size deserves plenty of recognition.
Regardless, there are still a few other premier ballhandlers in NBA history who feel that they may have been snubbed from this list such as Allen Iverson, Jason “White Chocolate” Williams, streetball legend Rafer Alston, or even God Shammgod himself.