At the end of the game, who is going to make a play? It is the end-all, be-all of questions for every NBA team.
While "hero ball" has come to dominate last-possession strategy and legacies are defined in the clutch, the more valuable players are often those who help you avoid those situations in the first place. The best players are those who have the ball in their hands all game long and consistently make the right decisions.
Having the ability to set up others or call their own number, no matter the situation, is what separates the league's best playmakers from those who just occasionally make plays.
(All statistics current as of January 1.)