NBA Power Rankings: LeBron James and Each Team's Smartest Playmaker

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NBA Power Rankings: LeBron James and Each Team's Smartest Playmaker
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The role of facilitator in the game of basketball historically has been filled by outstanding point guards like Bob Cousy, Magic Johnson, John Stockton and Isiah Thomas. As players have evolved individually along with the game itself over the last few decades, the role of playmaker has been extended to guards and forwards alike.

In the late 80's came the advent of the "point-forward", essentially a small forward who handles the ball predominantly and is asked to serve as the chief ball handler. Paul Pressley, Grant Hill, Scottie Pippen, Andre Iguodala and LeBron James are all forwards who possess the necessary skill set to play the role of playmaker in addition to scoring themselves

This list gives clarity to which team has the smartest playmaker, ranked in order from 30 to 1.

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