Top 5 playmakers in the 2019 NBA Draft
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The 2019 NBA draft class features its share of score-first point guards, but that doesn't mean it's lacking playmakers.

While some prospects can get their teammates involved in a variety of ways already, others may need development and could be successful in the right situation.

Here are the five best available players when it comes to sharing the rock:

Ja Morant

There's a reason Morant calls himself a "point God." He averaged a nation-leading 10 assists per contest this past season and is easily the top playmaker in the 2019 draft.

Morant's electrifying speed and scoring abilities unlock opportunities to create for others. The 6-foot-3 guard can swiftly penetrate the lane and kick the ball to open shooters on the perimeter.

Morant sees the floor so well that he can deliver one-handed passes with great precision and sufficient zip from the top of the 3-point arc.

He can also hit the roll man off screens and feed teammates above the rim on lobs.

Morant is always alert and cognizant of everything around him. The 19-year-old uses ball fakes to shift defenders, surprises the opposition with no-look passes, and can still drop a mid-air dime at the very last moment. While Morant gets a lot of attention for his scoring and athleticism, his elite passing has established him as a lock to be selected second overall.

RJ Barrett

Barrett is more known for his scoring prowess, and his passing is a bit underrated. The Canadian ranked second on Duke with 4.3 assists per contest during his lone collegiate season.

Barrett could've easily averaged more dimes if better shooters were around him, and that might've made him hesitant to pass.

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The 19-year-old is effective while passing out of the pick-and-roll, and his size helps him read defenses to find open teammates.

Barrett developed great chemistry with projected No. 1 overall pick Zion Williamson at Duke while finding him on lobs for alley-oops, in transition as a trailer, and over the top of opposing big men in the post. His aggressive nature will likely lead to more chances to accumulate assists through dump-off passes.

Barrett won't set the league on fire with his playmaking like his godfather Steve Nash, but the forward's ball distribution will be a very effective part of his all-around package.

Nickeil Alexander-Walker

Alexander-Walker's passing took a big step forward during the 2018-19 season, increasing from 1.5 assists per game as a freshman to four as a sophomore.

A midseason injury to Justin Robinson, the Hokies' all-time assist leader, led to more playmaking responsibilities for Alexander-Walker. The 6-foot-5 guard can routinely complete one-handed cross-court passes on the move with either hand.

He seeks out open perimeter shooters while drawing multiple defenders in the paint. As a post threat, Alexander-Walker leverages his presence down low into opportunities for his teammates to sneak behind on backdoor cuts.

Ty Jerome

Jerome was the floor general for Virginia's 2018-19 national championship squad, leading the ACC with 5.4 assists per game throughout the regular season.

He excels as a distributor in the pick-and-roll, using his eyes to direct defenders away from his intended target.

When Jerome gets to his spots in the paint, he keeps his head up to find the open man. The Bob Cousy Award finalist has great composure and waits for a play to develop rather than forcing a pass.

Jerome finished fifth in the nation with a 3.31 assist-to-turnover ratio this past season.

Jontay Porter

Porter comes with extreme injury risk after tearing his right ACL twice over a six-month period this past season. But 6-foot-11 passing big men like him are rare in the NBA.

The 19-year-old flashed playmaking abilities during his lone collegiate season, ranking 18th in the SEC with a 19.6 assist percentage in 24.5 minutes per outing.

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Porter can initiate offense from the top of the key, and he surveys defenses well before delivering passes with pinpoint accuracy.

The 2017-18 SEC Sixth Man of the Year can also find the open shooter when operating out of the post. Porter is a threat in transition, too, and is able to hit teammates in stride and launch one-handed passes from long distance.

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