It’s no secret that it takes a huge team effort to succeed at basketball. Nonetheless, either is the fact that talented duos are used to carry much of the offensive load for teams and lead them during crunch time.
Pairing up young studs should be at the top of every GM’s task list, or at least try and lure as much proven talent to your team as you can, although that’s way easier said than done, of course.
We’d love to see some of the best ballers in the world team up instead of going at each other, but that’s always unlikely to happen due to their contracts or the role they had on their respective squads. Today, we’re going to let you know about 6 duos that are unlikely to ever happen, but that would be really exciting to watch
6. Ben Simmons and Donovan Mitchell
Instead of arguing whether if Simmons was or wasn’t a rookie, this two should take his feud aside and team up to create one of the most dynamic young backcourts this league has ever seen.
Simmons is already one of the best passers in the game, a physical, big and strong driver that needs a shooter of the likes of Mitchell next to him to become even deadlier. Also, Mitchell could run the point at times to let Simmons thrive off backdoor cuts and slam it through the rim.
5. Giannis Antetokounmpo and Anthony Davis
Giannis Antetokounmpo is perhaps the most talented young man in the league and one of the most exciting players to watch, but he needs a better support cast in order to take the Bucks to the next step in the playoffs.
We could say the same about Anthony Davis, so teaming up would be a huge no-brainer. Spacing would be a problem, but no defense in the world could stop them down low or double either of them in the post, not to mention their defensive upside.
4. James Harden and Karl-Anthony Towns
Karl-Anthony Towns is already a dominant scorer from all three levels and should only get better with time, while James Harden is the reigning MVP and has a lot of years left on his prime to try and finally win a Championship.
Neither is known for his defensive awareness or commitment but both of them have the tools to become good defenders. Nonetheless, their lack of character in the playoffs could wind up hurting them big time.
3. Kawhi Leonard and Kevin Durant
Kawhi Leonard and Kevin Durant have several things in common. They both took really soft decisions and betrayed their teams, they’re both superstars, they both earned a lot of haters, and they’re a couple of the best two-way players in the league.
No defense could contain this kind of duo, but they could lock up the greatest players in the world on a nightly basis on the defensive end of the floor. Hopefully, they will never team up, or they’d pretty much ruin basketball for everybody else.
2. LeBron James and Nikola Jokic
Nikola Jokic came pretty much out of nowhere and quickly became one of the league’s favorite players due to his crafty plays, outstanding handles and passes and the fact that he’s a one-man fast break and walking triple-double threat with a great shooting stroke from deep.
Pair him with the greatest point forward ever and you’ve got yourself a deadly combo. They’re big and great when switching (although Jokic’s defense is far from good), they can both run the point, have great basketball IQ and are terrific cutters.
1. Russell Westbrook and Joel Embiid
Both Russell Westbrook and Joel Embiid look like they always have to prove others that they’re better than them, and that kind of hard-nosed competitive character could take their game up a notch, although immature decisions could wind up making this duo a disaster.
Nonetheless, when they’re locked in, they’re both of the greatest players in the world. Both are outstanding on pick and roll and isolation situations, Embiid would have a lot of open looks in pick and pop plays, while Russ would have a lot of space to drive through the lane as well.