When it comes to ball-handling in the NBA, there are certain qualities one must have in order to be elite at that skill. They must be able to have the speed and the quickness in order to shake defenders to get an open look at the basket.
They are maestros with the basketball manipulating their defenders into thinking they’re going one way before quickly snatching the ball back into a nasty crossover to the basket and leaving their defenders in the dust.
Philadelphia 76ers legend Allen Iverson is one of those maestros as he has taken many ankles in his NBA career being able to leave defenders wondering what happened. The famous crossover of Iverson’s career was the one he put on Michael Jordan when he began his career.
Former NBA star Jalen Rose, now with ESPN, was asked to put together his list of the top 5 ball-handlers and Iverson appeared on the list at No. 4. He is joined by Isiah Thomas, Kyrie Irving, Stephen Curry, and Jamal Crawford on the list as Rose had a tough time putting together the list due to the immense talent in the history of the game.
Iverson has certainly made a huge impact on not only the Sixers but the NBA as a whole. The fact that he can still be brought up in debates such as this one is a testament to the work he put in on the floor during his long and successful career.
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