Dribbling is a basketball skill that helps opportunities to score. For what might look easy, dribbling the basketball is one of the essential yet underrated skills in basketball.
Because the opposing team is looking to steal the ball at every chance they get, it needs a lot of control for the player to handle it.
Dribbling is also known as ball handling. It is a skill that basketball players must develop from day one. Good ball-handling skill is needed to become a great basketball player.
In this article, we will look at top 15 NBA players with best dribbling skill. The players on our list are some of the best ball handlers in the league.
Let’s get started.
Here is a brief highlight of the 15 NBA players with the best dribble skills.
|15. Mike Conley Jr.||35 Years Old|
|14. Tyreke Evans||33 Years Old|
|13. Stephen Curry||35 Years Old|
|12. Chauncey Billups||46 Years Old|
|11. Tony Parker||41 Years Old|
|10. Jason Kidd||50 Years Old|
|9. Deron Williams||38 Years Old|
|8. Steve Nash||49 Years Old|
|7. Jamal Crawford||43 Years Old|
|6. Dwyane Wade||41 Years Old|
|5. Ty Lawson||35 Years Old|
|4. Derrick Rose||34 Years Old|
|3. Rajon Rondo||37 Years Old|
|2. Ricky Rubio||32 Years Old|
|1. Chris Paul||38 Years Old|
15 Best NBA Dribble
We have taken BleacherReport as our primary source for preparing this list.
15. Mike Conley Jr.
Number 15 on our list of the 15 best NBA dribble is Mike Conley Jr., a basketball player for the Utah Jazz. The Memphis Grizzlies picked Conley in the first round as the fourth overall in the 2007 NBA draft.
Conley was a five-star recruit and was listed as the No.3 point guard and No.18 player in America in 2006. After spending 12 seasons with the Grizzlies, the team traded Conley to the Jazz on July 6, 2019.
Conley’s highlight wins and awards are First-tam All-Big Ten, three times NBA Sportsmanship Award, NBA Teammate of the Year, NBA All-Defensive Second Team, and NBA All-Star.
14. Tyreke Evans
Tyreke Evans is a professional basketball player who played in the NBA. The Sacramento Kings drafted him as the first-round pick and fourth overall of the 2009 NBA draft.
Evans won the NBA All-Rookie First Team and the NBA Rookie of the Year award in his rookie season. He played for the Kings until 2013, after which he was with New Orleans Pelicans.
After playing with the Pelicans for five seasons, he briefly returned to Sacramento Kings. Similarly, Evans also played for the Memphis Grizzlies and Indiana Pacers.
The NBA G League team, Wisconsin Herd, signed him on March 16, 2022 . However, after a week on March 23, he was waived.
13. Stephen Curry
Stephen Curry is the 13th point guard on our list of the 15 best NBA dribble. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest basketball players and the greatest shooters in the history of the NBA.
The Golden State Warriors selected Curry as the seventh overall in the first round of the 2009 NBA draft. He has been playing with the franchise since his NBA debut in 2009.
Curry has an impressive list of career highlights and awards, which includes eight times NBA All-Star, four NBA champions, two times NBA Most Valuable Player, etc.
Aside from NBA, he has also been part of the U.S. men’s national basketball team and won gold in FIBA World Cup in 2010 and 2014.
12. Chauncey Billups
Next, we have the former player and current head coach for the Portland Trail Blazers, Chauncey Billups. He played 17 seasons in the league before retiring from a professional playing career.
The Boston Celtics drafted Billups in the first round as the third overall pick during the 1997 NBA draft. He made his NBA debut with the Celtics and played for several franchises during his NBA career.
For his late-game shots, while playing for the Detroit Pistons, Billups was nicknamed “Mr. Big Shot.”
11. Tony Parker
Tony Parker is a former French-American professional basketball player. The San Antonio Spurs selected him as the 28th in the first round of the 2001 NBA draft.
Before his debut in the NBA, Parker made his professional basketball debut with the Paris Basket Racing. He played with the Spurs from 2001 to 2018, after which he signed a two-year contract with the Charlotte Hornets.
Parker announced his retirement on June 10, 2019, and at the time of his retirement, he was the ninth leading scorer and fifth leading passer in NBA playoffs.
Parker is considered one of the greatest European players of all time.
10. Jason Kidd
We are down to the top 10 best NBA dribble, and on number 10, we have the former professional player Jason Kidd. The Dallas Mavericks picked him in the first round as the second overall of the 1994 NBA draft.
Kidd’s career spanned from 1994 to 2013, during which he played for franchises other than Mavericks, like Phoenix Suns, New Jersey Nets, and New York Knicks.
He successfully transitioned into a coaching career and is currently the head coach for Dallas Mavericks. Kidd is the second player on the NBA all-time list in career assists and steals.
One of the NBA’s greatest players of all time, he is inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer as a player.
Likewise, he was named to the NBA 75th Anniversary Team in 2021.
9. Deron Williams
Number 9 on our list of the 15 best NBA dribble is the former professional basketball player Deron Williams. The Utah Jazz selected him in the first round of the 2005 NBA draft as the third overall.
Williams’s career spanned from 2005 to 2017, during which he also played for Brooklyn Nets, Dallas Mavericks, and Cleveland Cavaliers.
Similarly, he was part of the U.S. men’s basketball team that won gold at the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics.
Career highlight wins of Williams are NBA All-Rookie First Team, three times NBA All-Star, and two times All-NBA Second Team.
8. Steve Nash
Next, we have the former Canadian professional basketball player Steve Nash. He made his NBA debut after the Phoenix Suns selected him in the first round, as 15th overall, during the 1996 NBA draft.
Nash played 18 seasons in the NBA. He was also part of the Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Lakers during that time. After retiring, he became a professional coach and most recently worked as the Brooklyn Nets head coach.
Nash is considered one of the greatest point guards of all time and one of the league’s top players.
Similarly, he was also selected for the NBA 75th Anniversary Team in 2021 and enshrined into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
7. Jamal Crawford
Regarded as one of the best ball handlers in NBA history, Jamal Crawford is seventh on our list. He is a former professional basketball player the Cleveland Cavaliers selected in the first round as the eighth overall pick of the 2000 NBA draft.
Crawford’s career spanned from 2000 to 2020, and he made his NBA debut with the Chicago Bulls.
In his career, he played for other NBA franchises like the New York Knicks, Golden State Warriors, Atlanta Hawks, and Portland Trail Blazers.
Although Crawford has retired, he remains the all-time Leader in four-point plays in NBA. Similarly, he is the second player to have scored 10,000+ career points off the bench in the league’s history.
6. Dwyane Wade
Number 6 of the 15 NBA best dribble, we have the former professional basketball player Dwyane Wade. He is considered one of the greatest players in the NBA and was named to the NBA 75th Anniversary Team.
The Miami Heat selected Wade in the first round of the 2003 NBA draft as the fifth overall pick. His career spanned from 2003 to 2019, during which he also played for the Chicago Bulls and Cleveland Cavaliers.
Some of Wade’s notable career highlights and awards are three times NBA champions, NBA Finals MVP, NBA All-Star Game MVP, and thirteen times NBA All-Star, among others.
Wade spent the majority of his NBA career playing for the Heat. Similarly, he is an all-time Leader in points, games, assists, steals, shots made, and shots taken in the franchise’s history.
5. Ty Lawson
Ty Lawson is a professional basketball player who previously played for ten seasons in the NBA. The Minnesota Timberwolves selected him in the first round as the 18th overall during the 2009 NBA draft.
Although Timberwolves drafted Lawson, the franchise immediately traded him to the Denver Nuggets, and thus, he made his NBA debut with the Nuggets.
Similarly, he played for the Houston Rockets, Indiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings, and Washington Wizards in his NBA career. Currently, Lawson plays for the BIG3 basketball team, Ball Hogs.
4. Derrick Rose
Number 4 on our list of the 15 NBA best dribble is New York Knicks’s point guard, Derrick Rose. He is the youngest player to win the NBA Most Valuable Player Award at age 22.
The Chicago Bulls selected Rose in the first round as the first overall of the 2008 NBA draft. From 2008 to 2016, he played with the Bulls.
Since then, he has played for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Minnesota Timberwolves, and Detroit Pistons.
Rose’s career highlights and awards include NBA All-Rookie First Team, NBA Rookie of the Year, three times NBA All-Star, and NBA Most Valuable Player. He achieved all these wins while playing with the Bulls.
3. Rajon Rondo
The third player on our list is professional basketball player, Rajon Rondo. Known as NBA’s versatile facilitator, the Phoenix Suns selected him in the first round as the 21st overall during the 2006 NBA draft.
The Suns traded him to the Boston Celtics, with whom Rondo made his NBA debut.
He has played for NBA franchises like the Dallas Mavericks, Sacramento Kings, Chicago Bulls, New Orleans Pelicans, Los Angeles Lakers, Atlanta Hawks, and Los Angeles Clippers.
Rondo last played for the Cleveland Cavaliers. He is the fifth player for triple-doubles with 10 in the playoffs in the league’s history.
2. Ricky Rubio
Ricky Rubio is a Spanish professional point guard for the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Minnesota Timberwolves selected him in the first round of the 2009 NBA draft as the fifth overall.
Before his NBA debut, Rubio made his professional basketball debut with the Spanish basketball club Joventut Badalona. Since his NBA debut, he has also played for the Utah Jazz and Phoenix Suns.
He was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team in 2012 while playing with the Timberwolves. The Timberwolves traded Rubio to the Cavaliers in August 2021.
1. Chris Paul
The number one spot on our list for the 15 NBA best dribble is a professional point guard for the Phoenix Suns, Chris Paul. He is regarded as one of the greatest point guards and nicknamed “The Point God.”
The New Orleans Hornets picked Paul as the fourth overall in the first round of the 2005 NBA draft. He debuted with the Hornets and played with the franchise from 2005 to 2011.
Since then, Paul has played for the Los Angeles Clippers, Houston Rockets, and Oklahoma City Thunder.
Some of his career wins are six times NBA steals Leader, five times NBA assists Leader, twelve times NBA All-Star, and NBA All-Star Game MVP, among others. Paul was named to the NBA 75th Anniversary Team in 2021.
So, these are the top 15 NBA players with the best dribbling ability. Their incredible dribbling skills tore down the opposing team’s defense and created many scoring opportunities.
Consequently, they are considered some of the best players in the NBA.