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A player in a sport with goals, such as a guard in basketball, who initiates offensive plays.

play′mak′ing n.


the initiating of offensive plays in sports
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The Australian scrum-half has stepped superbly into the playmaking role in the absence of skipper Terry Campese and he has the craft to turn a game in an instant.
Compare that to United's playmaking and goal power.
Four tries in four matches identify Joseph as the most dangerous player in this year's Championship while Ford strengthens his claim to the playmaking duties at the World Cup with each game.
He has been adapted to a playmaking role, so the player who scored 15 goals a season is not there anymore but it is hugely unfair that he gets judged on that level.
His playmaking abilities have led many to consider him to be the natural successor to Valderrama.
Steven has come from where his movement has been at the top end of the pitch to the bottom end and his playmaking ability to dictate games has been phenomenal.
Defensive specialist Kiss hailed Gloucester centre Twelvetrees' New Zealand-style playmaking role as central to Stuart Lancaster's desire to expand England's attacking repertoire.
Fernando (Porto) is the energetic defensive shield United need; Nemanja Matic (Benfica) or Ilkay Gundogan (Dortmund) would take on key playmaking duties and Daley Blind (Ajax) has the potential to be a tactical and technical great when he makes the permanent switch from left-back.
Summary: London: Mesut Ozil showed his playmaking pedigree to orchestrate Arsenal's 2-0 victory over Napoli while .
Meanwhile, Aaron Cruden is set to once again take over the playmaking duties from mentor Dan Carter, who was struck down with a shoulder injury.
The first team now has a completely new coaching staff and many new players "During training we do everything with the ball, much is being done with playmaking.
The 22-year-old assumed the playmaking duties for the Melbourne Rebels in their defeat to the Southern Kings on Saturday.