TOP TEN 2019-2020 NBA DUO’S
Created by Dylan Devine
*DISCLAIMER* I will not be including injured players. Example: Kevin Durant or Klay Thompson
1. Kawhi Leonard and Paul George (L.A Clippers)
You can’t deny this duo after the way they both played last season. Both could be argued as the best two-way player in the league and are fantastic players on both sides of the ball. The Clippers are going to be real hard to beat next season with this dynamic duo plus the likes of Patrick Beverley, Lou Williams, and Montrez Harrell.
2. LeBron James and Anthony Davis (L.A Lakers)
Anthony Davis has proven himself as the second best big man in the league and LeBron is considered one of the greatest basketball players of all time. If this duo can stay healthy and LeBron limits his work load it’ll be a great year for the Lakers.
3. Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum (Portland Trail Blazers)
Every season Dame and CJ just seem to get better and better. Last season they combined a total of 46.8 PPG, 8.6 RPG, and 9.9 APG and made it to the Western Conference finals. If Nurkic can stay healthy I believe Portland has a real chance at making the finals next season.
4. Russell Westbrook and James Harden (Houston Rockets)
This is gonna be real interesting. Both Harden and Westbrook are ball dominant players so they might not have the same chemistry they did in OKC, but we can’t ignore that both of them are MVP caliber players that impact the game in a way nobody else can. If Mike D’Antoni can figure out a way to tweak the offense to make this work, they will without a doubt be the best backcourt in the league.
5. Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers)
Joel Embiid is the best big man in the league who can shoot and defend the rim with ease and for awhile last season was an MVP candidate. Simmons is an electric Point Guard that just lacks a jump shot. If he can somehow develop a jumpshot, expect Philly to be in the Finals next season.
6. Giannis Antetokounmpo and Kris Middleton (Milwaukee Bucks)
Antetokounmpo and Middleton combined for a total of 46.0 PPG, 18.5 RPG, and 10.2 APG last season which is a big reason why they finished with the best record in the NBA and Antetokounmpo won MVP. I expect it to be a similar scene in Milwaukee next season.
7. Jamaal Murray and Nikola Jokic (Denver Nuggets)
Jokic is an MVP caliber player and Murray had All-Star potential last season. Both players have sky high ceilings but just have not reached their full potential yet. If they both ball out like they did last season expect another deep playoff run from Denver.
8. Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis (Dallas Mavericks)
The pick and roll with this duo is gonna be unstoppable. Last time we saw Porzingis playing he was averaging 22.7 PPG and 6.6 RPG for the New York Knicks before tearing his ACL. He was traded to the Dallas Mavericks and is now alongside one of the players in the league who has a bright future ahead of him and was a ROTY candidate within Luka Doncic. With Luka coming off a great season and the Unicorn hopefully coming back the same if not better the Mavericks will have something special cooking in Dallas.
9. Kemba Walker and Jayson Tatum (Boston Celtics)
This is going to be Jayson Tatum’s official breakout season and that will be heavily influenced by Kemba Walker. Kemba is an unselfish Point Guard who makes players around him better and that will be crucial to Tatum’s game and the rest of the Celtics offense. I’m predicting right now that Tatum will average around 19.4 PPG and 7.2 RPG while Walker averages around 26.9 PPG and 6.9 APG.
10. Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert (Utah Jazz)
Gobert is the reigning DPOTY and Mitchell is a former ROTY who is one of the most explosive offensive players in the league. The duo combined for a total average of 39.7 PPG, 17.0 RPG, and 6.2 APG last season. The Jazz lack a superstar player but make up for that with depth with Mike Conley, Mitchell, Gobert, and Bojan Bogdanovich.