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The Best Current NBA Passers 

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Updated December 26, 2019 20.9k votes 3.4k voters 26.9k views 61 items

List Rules Vote up the best passers in the league today.

Who are the best passers currently in the NBA? Certainly, this list includes some of the best passers playing right now, and potentially some of the top NBA players of all time. Check out these lists of best current defenders and best current scorers, along with the best (worst) NBA floppers playing today

The top passers who are currently playing in the NBA are certainly among the overall top current NBA players too (Russell Westbrook, James Harden, John Wall, and Chris Paul come to mind immediately). 

The highly skilled NBA players on this list can make or break a team's performance on the court. They are usually great ball handlers who have good court awareness and know when to make the extra pass. These unselfish players are experts at swinging the ball and assisting their teammates.

Vote for the current NBA passers that you think are the most important, key players for their respective teams, and if your favorite player isn't listed, add him. You can also re-rank this list of NBA passers in any order you want.

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1
LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current NBA Passers
Small forward and Power forward from Akron, Ohio, United States of America

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers

Age: 35

Number: 23

LeBron Raymone James Sr. (; born December 30, 1984) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). His accomplishments ...more

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2
Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current NBA Passers
Point guard from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States of America

Teams: Oklahoma City Thunder

Age: 34

Number: 3

Christopher Emmanuel Paul (born May 6, 1985) is an American professional basketball player for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He has won the NBA Rookie ...more

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3
Rajon Rondo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current NBA Passers
Point guard from Louisville, Kentucky, United States of America

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers

Age: 33

Number: 9

Rajon Pierre Rondo (born February 22, 1986) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Rondo played two years of ...more

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4
Nikola Jokic is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current NBA Passers
arnas added Center from Sombor, Serbia

Teams: Denver Nuggets

Age: 24

Number: 15

Nikola Jokić (born February 19, 1995) is a Serbian professional basketball player for the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He also represents the Serbian national ...more

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5
Ben Simmons is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current NBA Passers

Teams: Philadelphia 76ers

Number: 12

Benjamin David Simmons (born 20 July 1996) is an Australian professional basketball player for the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball ...more

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6
Lonzo Ball is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current NBA Passers
Lonzo Ball Point Guard from Anaheim, California

Teams: New Orleans Pelicans

Number: 2

Lonzo Anderson Ball (born October 27, 1997) is an American professional basketball player for the New Orleans Pelicans of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball ...more

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7
Stephen Curry is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current NBA Passers
Point guard from Akron, Ohio, United States of America

Teams: Golden State Warriors

Age: 31

Number: 30

Wardell Stephen "Steph" Curry II ( STEF-ən; born March 14, 1988) is an American professional basketball player for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association ...more

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8
Luka Dončić is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current NBA Passers
CunningVet added Guard and Small forward from Ljubljana, Slovenia

Teams: Dallas Mavericks

Number: 11

Luka Dončić (born February 28, 1999) is a Slovenian professional basketball player for the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the Slovenian national team. Born in ...more

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9
Ricky Rubio is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current NBA Passers
Point guard from El Masnou, Spain

Teams: Phoenix Suns

Age: 29

Number: 9

Ricard Rubio i Vives (born October 21, 1990) is a Spanish professional basketball player for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Rubio became the youngest player ever ...more

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10
John Wall is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current NBA Passers
Point guard from Raleigh, North Carolina

Teams: Washington Wizards

Age: 29

Number: 2

Johnathan Hildred Wall Jr. (born September 6, 1990) is an American professional basketball player for the Washington Wizards of the National Basketball Association (NBA). A Raleigh, North ...more

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Russell Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current NBA Passers
Point guard from Long Beach, California

Teams: Houston Rockets

Age: 31

Number: 0

Russell Westbrook III (born November 12, 1988) is an American professional basketball player for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is an eight-time NBA ...more

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James Harden is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current NBA Passers
Shooting guard from Los Angeles, California

Teams: Houston Rockets

Age: 30

Number: 13

James Edward Harden Jr. (born August 26, 1989) is an American professional basketball player for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball ...more

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13
Kyle Lowry is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current NBA Passers
Point guard from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Teams: Toronto Raptors

Age: 33

Number: 7

Kyle Terrell Lowry (born March 25, 1986) is an American professional basketball player for the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). With the Raptors, he has been a ...more

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14
Kyrie Irving is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current NBA Passers
Point guard from Melbourne, Australia

Teams: Brooklyn Nets

Age: 27

Number: 2

Kyrie Andrew Irving (; born March 23, 1992) is an American professional basketball player for the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was named NBA Rookie of the Year ...more

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15
Trae Young is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current NBA Passers
CunningVet added Trae Young

Teams: Atlanta Hawks

Number: 11

Rayford Trae Young (born September 19, 1998) is an American professional basketball player for the Atlanta Hawks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for ...more

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16
Damian Lillard is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current NBA Passers
Point guard from Oakland, California

Teams: Portland Trail Blazers

Age: 29

Number: 0

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17
Draymond Green is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current NBA Passers
Power forward from Saginaw, Michigan

Teams: Golden State Warriors

Age: 29

Number: 23

Draymond Jamal Green Sr. (born March 4, 1990) is an American professional basketball player for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Green, who plays primarily ...more

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18
Kemba Walker is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current NBA Passers
Point guard from New York City, New York

Teams: Boston Celtics

Age: 29

Number: 15

Kemba Hudley Walker (born May 8, 1990) is an American professional basketball player for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Walker was picked ninth overall by the ...more

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19
Mike Conley, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current NBA Passers
Point guard and Shooting guard from Fayetteville, Arkansas, United States of America

Teams: Utah Jazz

Age: 32

Number: 11

Michael Alex Conley Jr. (born October 11, 1987) is an American professional basketball player for the Utah Jazz of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was a member of the Memphis ...more

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20
Jrue Holiday is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current NBA Passers
Point guard and Shooting guard from Chatsworth, Los Angeles, California

Teams: New Orleans Pelicans

Age: 29

Number: 11

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21
Goran Dragić is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current NBA Passers
Point guard and Shooting guard from Ljubljana, Slovenia

Teams: Miami Heat

Age: 33

Number: 7

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22
Ja Morant is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current NBA Passers
Point guard from Dalzell, South Carolina, US

Teams: Memphis Grizzlies

Number: 12

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23
De'Aaron Fox is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current NBA Passers

Teams: Sacramento Kings

De'Aaron Fox (born December 20, 1997) is an American professional basketball player for the Sacramento Kings of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Fox played one season of college ...more

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24
Derrick Rose is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current NBA Passers
Point guard from Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Teams: Detroit Pistons

Age: 31

Number: 1

Derrick Martell Rose (born October 4, 1988) is an American professional basketball player for the Detroit Pistons of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played one year of college ...more

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Fred VanVleet is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current NBA Passers

Teams: Toronto Raptor

Number: 23

Fredderick Edmund VanVleet (born February 25, 1994) is an American professional basketball player for the Toronto Raptors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). In college, he has ...more