Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen to LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, the NBA is known for explosive duos. The dynamic 1-2 punch in basketball is back and better than ever.
Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, LeBron James and Anthony Davis, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant … it has been a crazy offseason and right now we have more superstars duos than big threes. It is time to find out which NBA team has the most dynamic duo in the league.
Before we show you the Top 10 NBA duos today, let’s look at one backcourt that just missed the cut.
Honorable Mention: John Wall & Bradley Beal
The main reason for this explosive backcourt narrowly missing the cut is the uncertainty surrounding Wall. If John Wall is healthy, he could still prove to be a top 5 pg in the league. Bradley Beal is top 3 shooting guard in the league in my opinion. His ability to play both walls, shoot the trey, and all around the offensive game is dangerously good.
The chemistry and cohesion between this pair are worth the paragraph.
10. Luka Doncic & Kristaps Porzingis
Mark Cuban is laughing somewhere. This European duet could take the league by storm. The Dallas Mavericks with a healthy Porzingis could be a playoff team. Each of these two players has high offensive IQ’s. The limits that keep from moving up is growth on the defensive end. Also, the potential for the classic sophomore slump.
Truthfully, I think Luka Doncic is poised to continue building on his rookie of the year resume. This should lead to more W’s in the win column for the Mavericks. Porzingis is out to prove he’s worth a max deal and still one of the top big men in basketball. The Latvian unicorn is still the skilled seven-footer with impeccable footwork and nice range on his shot as we know. The continued growth as a viable rim protector will be something to watch out for. These two kids will continue to grow together.
9. Nikola Jokic & Jamal Murray
I have been calling the Denver Nuggets rise for years. The mile-high city is very high on these studded stars. Nikola Jokic is a rare point center. Possibly, the best passing big man since Wilt Chamberlain. Murray really broke out last season, especially during the Nuggets playoff run.
The Canadian sensation averaged 18.2 ppg, 4.8 apg, and 4.2 rpg on 44% shooting including 37% from 3 and 85% from the stripe. In the playoffs, his scoring catapulted to 21.3 ppg. He and Jokic could run the West next season. They did lead the Nuggets past a gutsy Spurs team and took the Blazers to 7 games. They were a possession or 2 away from the WCF.
8. Giannis Antetokounmpo & Khris Middleton
Giannis is the reigning MVP, singing his praises is easy. Khris Middleton is often overlooked and undervalued. The wing is a skilled two-way star with a Smoove game and silky shooting stroke. This tandem led the Bucks to win 60 plus games and having a deep playoff run. Middleton is back on a 5-year max deal and things are just getting started.
Fear the deer.
7. Ben Simmons & Joel Embiid
Sports analysts and armchair coaches say the pairing of Embiid and Simmons does not work because they clog the paint. Simmons does need a reliable jumper, but I think we underestimate how good this duo has been. Simmons and Embiid have proved they can win a playoff series having dismantled the Miami Heat and Brooklyn Nets in back to back seasons.
Simmons is a jump shot away from being like another LeBron James. Joel Embiid just needs to stay healthy and a championship is not out of reach for this pair.
6. James Harden & Chris Paul
The duo narrowly misses the top 5 due to Chris Paul’s evident decline. Paul proved to be a non-factor in the Warriors series of this past year. Once dubbed, the “Point God” seems like he’s a hamstring pull away from calling it a career. Enough criticism on Paul, still a basketball savant.
James Harden is the best shooting guard in basketball and arguably a top 5 NBA player. The guy is in the MVP conversation every year and just came off a historical scoring year. Harden averaged the highest ppg since MJ for a season. Underrated passer and amazing in the pick and roll with Capela. I have news for any hack reporter looking for clicks, Harden and Chris Paul are rock solid. Their relationship is far from “unsalvageable”.
5. Damian Lillard & CJ McCollum
Damian Lillard’s rise has been well documented these past few years. Lillard has proven he belongs in the conversation of elite point guards in this game. His backcourt mate, CJ McCollum may be the most underrated NBA player. McCollum has a killer mid-range shot and shifty handles to create separation. This duo led Portland to the Western Conference Finals.
The Trail Blazers actually led for a majority of the series despite getting swept by the Warriors. A healthy Nurkic could have made all the difference for this explosive offensive duo. The two have shown they are capable of playing defense when they need to.
4. Stephen Curry & Klay Thompson
I am going to say it. These are the two best shooters of all time. Steph has the fastest release of any shooter in NBA history. The accuracy of the stroke is incredibly impressive. Curry is an elite ball handler and passer who sees the floor like a game of chess. Can score at all levels as a 40/50/90 bucket getter. The most underrated part of his game is his rebounding. One of the rebounding pgs in the NBA.
Klay is able to hide any of Curry’s defensive shortcomings. Klay is arguably a better catch and shoots player. Does not require an extended amount of dribbles to light up a scoreboard. The duo has won three rings together and been to five finals. Klay’s torn ACL is going to hurt their chance to climb in these rankings, but we just remember everything the two have accomplished. The splash brothers touched our hearts.
3. Kevin Durant & Kyrie Irving
Many people will argue that the Brooklyn Nets won the off-season by obtaining the duo of Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant. Kyrie is the only player that will likely play next season, but assuming KD recovers from his ruptured Achilles injury, the best player in the NBA will not be down for long. Durant’s ability to lead a team, score at all levels coupled with his basketball IQ makes him the ideal Batman to Kyrie’s Robin.
Kyrie’s ability to play off the ball and his close friendship with Durant give us high hopes this pair will run the East in the years to come. The Nets still have a snowball’s chance even without KD to come out of the East. This is a credit to how good the rest of the Nets team can be.
2. LeBron James & Anthony Davis
The Lakers did not lose the offseason because they lost the Kawhi sweepstakes. Obtaining the best big man in the NBA was more than plus for them. Davis is ready to play with LeBron and absolutely filled with excitement. The pick and pop or the pick and roll will never be the same. LeBron James is the greatest offensive talent in NBA history arguably. The defense has definitely down a tilt because he’s 35 years old.
If injuries are not a problem Davis and LeBron might not only run LA but the NBA as well. Davis is the most complete big man in the game. The two way Big is an underrated playmaker and has stretched his range out tremendously. A defensive player of the year award could be well within his grasp.
1. Kawhi Leonard & Paul George
Jerry West has done it again. The Clippers have the best duo in all of basketball. They have obtained the two best two-way talents in the NBA. Kawhi got what he asked for. The Clippers went all in to get Paul George. Leonard is fresh off his second finals MVP and second ring. George is in his prime and hunting for his first championship and many more accolades. George finished top 3 in the Defensive Player of the Year race and top 3 in the Most Valuable Player race.
The battle of LA will be the most intriguing storyline to watch this season. Will the Clippers finally hang more than just a player banner in Staples or will the Lakers still run the city. The Clippers do have the better duo presently.