5. Anthony Davis & LeBron James
Photo Cred: NBA.com
In the realm of NBA duos, it might appear surprising to see LeBron James and Anthony Davis ranked low. Undoubtedly, they continue to be top-tier players in today’s game. However, the Los Angeles Lakers’ impressive performance last season was attributed to the collective team effort. During the playoffs, there were instances when either LeBron or AD took charge, supported by stellar performances from role players like Rui Hachimura and Austin Reaves. What was conspicuously absent was the constructive interaction that powered their championship run. Could we witness that dynamic again? Absolutely. The Lakers remain strong contenders in the Western Conference, with their fortunes hinging on the performances of these two stars.
4. Jayson Tatum & Jaylen BrownPhoto Cred: Bleacher Report
Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, the most scrutinized duo in the NBA, have consistently delivered success despite not securing an NBA title. They have played pivotal roles in guiding the Boston Celtics to three of the last four Eastern Conference Finals. The path ahead may have become more challenging with Damian Lillard’s move to the Milwaukee Bucks, but don’t be surprised if you find them on the grandest stage in June. Critics may jest about “Tatum being a fraud” or “Jaylen lacking a left”, but they are and will always be contenders.
3. Kevin Durant & Devin BookerPhoto Cred: SI
Kevin Durant and Devin Booker constitute an impressive duo, now part of a formidable trio with Bradley Beal joining them now. Some may bring up the Phoenix Suns’ struggles against the Denver Nuggets last season, but it’s important to consider the limited time KD and Booker had to gel after their mid-season trade. While Durant is known for his seamless integration into teams, building chemistry across the roster takes time. With a training camp and a healthy Durant, expect their partnership to flourish. Regardless of past setbacks, this duo has immense potential.
2. Giannis Antetokounmpo & Damian LillardPhoto Cred: HotNewHipHop
A surprising twist in the offseason brought Giannis Antetokounmpo and Damian Lillard together when many anticipated Lillard joining the Miami Heat. This partnership is poised to strike fear into opponents, especially with Khris Middleton and Brook Lopez alongside them. Giannis, long in need of an elite scoring guard to draw attention away from him, now has that in Damian Lillard. The Giannis-Dame pick-and-rolls, complemented by sharpshooters like Middleton and Lopez on the perimeter, present a challenge for defenses. While we’ll reserve the top spot until they prove themselves on the court, don’t be surprised if they claim it next season. The potential of this duo is truly awe-inspiring.
1. Nikola Jokic & Jamal MurrayPhoto Cred: The Denver Post
While not the flashiest pairing on this list, Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray are undoubtedly the most productive. Until someone unseats them, they reign supreme as the best duo in the NBA. Last season, Denver displayed a well-rounded team, with the stars being Jokic and Murray, and spearheaded their journey to an NBA championship with remarkable ease. They effortlessly navigated their way through the NBA, dominating teams led by the likes of KD and LeBron in the playoffs. Their accomplishments demand the utmost respect and recognition.