When it comes to handling the ball in the NBA, there are certain qualities that one must have in order to be elite in that skill. They must have the speed and speed to shuffle defenders to get an open view of the basket.
They are basketball maestros who manipulate their defenders into thinking they are going one way, before quickly grabbing the ball back in a nasty cross over to the basket, leaving their defenders in the dust.
Philadelphia 76ers legend Allen Iverson is one of those maestros as he has sustained many ankle injuries in his NBA career, leaving defenders wondering what happened. The famous crossover of Iverson’s career was the one he put on Michael Jordan when he started his career.
Former NBA star Jalen Rose, now at ESPN, was asked to compile his list of the top 5 ball handlers and Iverson appeared on the list at number 4. He is joined by Isiah Thomas, Kyrie Irving, Stephen Curry and Jamal Crawford on the list because Rose had a hard time putting together the list due to the immense talent in the history of the game.
Iverson has certainly had a huge impact, not just on the Sixers, but on the NBA as a whole. The fact that he can still be brought up in debates like this is testament to the work he’s put into the floor over his long and successful career.
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Story originally appeared on Sixers Wire