With the return of Ricky Rubio came the return of one of the most dynamic and exciting playmakers the NBA has to offer. On his first night back, he showed us plenty of what we have missed over the course of the season.
Rubio had nine assists in just 18 minutes of play, as everyone rejoiced to the return of one of the league's best passers.
Of course, it takes more than just a knack for getting the ball from one player to another to be considered a terrific playmaker. You've got to be able to score, have a terrific handle on the ball and just the ability to control the pace of the game in general.
The league is full of those types of players, but a handful of them stand up above all the rest. They are the guys who elicit the "oohs" and "aahs" from the crowd on a daily basis, and they're the reason we keep coming back for more.
In a league where passing has become more ingrained than it has been in the past decade, we've got an embarrassment of riches in terms of playmakers, but these few are just a tad above the rest of the back.