One of the biggest features in the upcoming NBA 2K17 video game is the addition of a concept of “Dynamic Duos” to the gameplay. Basically, two players that share on-court chemistry get boosts from sharing time on the court.
We have seen these kinds of player relationships all throughout NBA history.
Kobe and Shaq, MJ and Pippen, Magic and Kareem, Doctor J and Moses, Stockton and Malone, Bird and McHale, etc. A lot of championships have been won by pairing two of those elite stars together.
That begs the question, who are the five best duos present in the league today?:
Chris Paul and Blake Griffin
CP3 was without his most explosive running mate for large chunks of last season. But, there is no doubt that the Clippers are at their best when both of their biggest stars are available on the court.
DeAndre Jordan did a great job in Griffins absence last year but, they need No. 32 to contend.
Both players can score the basketball but, the real value in this combination comes from the combined passing ability. Let’s not forget to mention the unreal alley-oop connection between these two superstars. It’s fireworks in Lob City whenever they are together.
Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge
In the wake of Tim Duncan’s departure, it is now up to the two younger stars to carry the load for the San Antonio Spurs. They are in good hands with Leonard and Aldridge as their stars going forward.
The dynamic on the court with the strong post game from LA is coupled with the elite slashing skills of The Claw. The All-Star power forward is one of the best mid-range shooters in the NBA. The 2014 Finals MVP has become a reliable shooter as well as a Defensive Player of the Year.
Kyle Lowry and DeMar Derozan
Up north in Toronto, two All-Stars are the lifeline of the franchise. Both Lowry and DeRozan are the engines that make the Raptors the second most dangerous team in the Eastern Conference. The team does not have offence outside of these two scoring guards.
Pairing a great defensive piece at point guard and a superior athlete at shooting guard makes a ton of sense on paper. The Compton native is one of the best pull up scorers in the game and the Villanova product has become very efficient from beyond the arc.
Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum
Big Game Dame and his running mate are one of the most consistently entertaining backcourts in the NBA. They can score from outside and dazzle near the rim. Two guards that really make your jaw drop on the offensive end.
These two dictate how far the Trailblazers will go each year, and if last year is any indication, they will continue to be a postseason player for years to come.
Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson
Kevin Durant may be in The Bay now but, the Splash Brothers still hold court in Oracle Arena. This duo was the most entertaining show on hardwood last season. They have both made strides on the defensive end to match their prodigious production on offence.
The real reason the Splash Bros. reign supreme is their insane shooting acumen. Flatly put, the two best shooters in the league play together. It’s a nightmare for the opposition as either Thompson or Curry could catch fire at any time.
Sometimes, it really does take two to make a thing go right. We are excited to see what these pairings accomplish next season.