Deft means "showing cleverness and skill in handling things." What you want to see in football or basketball is some deft handling of the ball.

Some people are physically deft, like accomplished athletes and ballet dancers. Their movements are fast, graceful, and deliberate. Others might be mentally or intellectually deft. You could describe a beautifully written essay as deft, or talk about a politician's deft work on an anti-bullying bill. The source of deft is the Old English gedæfte, "mild or gentle," which became deft in Middle English along with its meaning of "apt, skillful, or adept."

Definitions of deft

adj skillful in physical movements; especially of the hands

“a deft waiter”
deft fingers massaged her face”
dexterous, dextrous
quick or skillful or adept in action or thought

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