It’s easy to name the top five NBA duos.
Although they might be listed in a slightly different order depending on where you look, but what about the rest of the league?
We’ve broken down the top duos for every NBA team (30 total) into six categories — Top 5, Next 5, Don’t Sleep On 5, Wait-and-see, Under 25 and Show-and-Prove.
Some were easy. Some were not.
Some were forced. Some could use a second thought.
So let’s start with that Top 5 overall.
1. Kawhi Leonard/Paul George
Los Angeles Clippers
Breakdown— Two of the best two-way players in the league who can each score 30 and lock down the best perimeter player on the other end. Kawhi Leonard is currently the game’s best player and 2019 NBA finals MVP. Paul George was an MVP candidate who can play off the ball. Should have instant chemistry.
2. LeBron James/Anthony Davis
Los Angeles Lakers
Breakdown— Magic Johnson deferred to Kareem-Abdul Jabbar. LeBron James should do the same here. Anthony Davis should be the No. 1 option and have an MVP-type season playing with someone who draws attention and can pass. Worried about durability of both, but if James and Davis stay healthy, the Lakers are back.
3. Kevin Durant/Kyrie Irving
Breakdown — Kevin Durant won’t be the same player when returning from the Achilles injury, but his skill set at basically 7-feet tall will still make him tough to guard. He’ll play with a scorer who can make is job easier. They’re friends, have respect for each other’s talent. If Kyrie Irving’s locked in, rings will be won in BK.
4. James Harden/Russell Westbrook
Breakdown — Two ball-dominant players. One will have to sacrifice in certain situations, but can Mike D’Antoni tweak his system so both can flourish and help Houston win? James Harden’s the better offensive player. He and Russell Westbrook are friends, former teammates, but also competitors. They should raise each other’s level of play.
5. Stephen Curry/Klay Thompson
Golden State Warriors
Breakdown— Klay Thompson will miss significant time recovering from the ACL tear, but shooters shot. He won’t lose that ability. So Stephen Curry and D’Angelo Russell will need time to blend. If they can make it work, Thompson will continue to get those looks and the Splash Brothers won’t miss a beat.
Tomorrow: Next 5.
Wednesday: Don’t sleep on 5
Thursday: Wait-and-see 5
Friday: Under 25
Saturday: Show-and-prove 5
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