In a story over at The Undefeated by Marc J. Spears, Kyrie Irving’s handle is deconstructed and evaluated. In the piece, the likes of Warriors guard Steph Curry, Hawks forward Paul Millsap and ex-Cavalier guard Jordan McRae all sing Irving’s praises.
“Hands down, Kyrie has the best ball-handling skills that we have in our league,” Millsap said. “The way he reads defenses, the way he reads your feet, it’s unbelievable … His biggest asset is his creativity. He is one of the most creative point guards we have.”
“He is able to use both hands and he’s shifty and crafty,” Curry said. “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.”
One quote, though, stands out. Rockets guard Eric Gordon went as far to say that Irving has the best handle ever.
“Kyrie has the best handle of all time,” he said. “Very creative and uses different motions, as well.”
That’s pretty high praise for Irving’s handle. It’s hard to place it exactly where Irving falls in NBA history, but it’s really good regardless of where it actually falls all-time. And he works at it as well. Per Spears’ story, Irving does a 10-12 minute dribbling drill pregame where he works with assistant coach Phil Handy and it’s a skill he’s made a major part of his game.