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The Top 5 Playmakers in the NBA

Basketball is (maybe, possibly) on the horizon. To help reintegrate us to a life of Giannis hammer dunks, James Harden dribbling for 24 seconds, and 76ers fans yelling at you for some reason, we’re rolling out top-five rankings in 20 different categories. Most of the rankings were voted on by The Ringer staff, but each day will feature one writer’s subjective skill-based list. The criteria for the best playmakers can be simplified to this: Who would you want running your offense? Here are the top five choices: 5. Damian Lillard, Trail Blazers As a working definition, a playmaker should be more than a passer. They have to be able to carry the full weight of an offense, particularly in a league in which the only players with real sway over the defense are those respected first as scorers.

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