Kids Newsletter

NBA Basketball 101: Learning how to dribble like Kyrie Irving

Kyrie Irving of the Brooklyn Nets handles the ball against the Milwaukee Bucks.
Kyrie handles the ball against the Milwaukee Bucks. (Getty Images)

This past season, Kyrie Irving was special.

Irving averaged 26.9 points, 6.0 assists and 4.8 rebounds per game and joined the exclusive 50-40-90 club when he shot 50.6 percent from the field, 40.2 percent from 3-point range and 92.2 percent from the free throw line. It was a great performance from one of the best point guards in the league.

Now, Kyrie isn't the biggest player on the court, nor is he the strongest, but he has one thing that many other NBA players don't - an elite handle.

Kyrie is one of the best dribblers in the NBA and the countless hours he puts in working on his handle pays off when he can make moves like this:

And this:

Dribbling is the foundation of basketball, which makes it extremely important to be able to do it with both hands.

This month, we take a look at a drill that is sure to help you with your handle so that one day you too can make highlight-reel plays like Kyrie Irving.

As always, practice makes perfect, and don't forget that if you record yourself doing the drills, please upload it to social media and use the #JrNBAatHome.

Click the player above for the drill.

More from NBA.com

Stephen Curry, Chris Duarte
Curry regains form but Pacers stun Warriors in OT
Yash Matange
Vinsanity Scale
Vinsanity Scale: Grading Payton II's leftie SLAM
Yash Matange
LeBron James (Los Angeles Lakers)
Where LeBron ranks all time in statistical categories
Nick Metallinos
Ben Simmons (Philadelphia 76ers)
Morey not confident of a pre-deadline Simmons trade
Nick Metallinos
Fred-VanVleet-01202022-NBAE-Getty-FTR
Raptors dealing with serious depth issues
Gilbert McGregor
Lonzo-Ball-01202022-NBAE-Getty-FTR
Lonzo Ball (knee) out 6-8 weeks
Gilbert McGregor
More News