While Big 3s were once the name of the game in the NBA, dynamic duos are now dominant.
In fact, nearly every team in the league has its go-to twosome, and there’s no better feeling for a premier player than to share the court with a teammate capable of making magic.
KD-Kyrie, LeBron-AD highlight Joy’s top 10 duos
With NBA free agency tipping off, it is never too early to decide the league’s best duos. Joy Taylor shares her top 10.
Taylor’s thoughts: “Morant was the best clutch scorer in the NBA last season, led the fourth quarter in scoring during the playoffs, was named Most Improved Player. He’s the first player to win Rookie of the Year and Most Improved player. He set career-highs in scoring, and they’re both 22 years old. I think Ja Morant’s the future of the NBA alongside Luka [Dončić].”
Taylor’s thoughts: “Joel Embiid was my MVP last season. [He and Harden] were the fourth-highest scoring duo in the NBA, 51.6 PPG combined. Obviously, Harden didn’t do so well in the playoffs, had his lowest scoring average since 2012, which is why I have them at nine.”
Taylor’s thoughts: “The highest-scoring duo in the 2021 playoffs; that’s the last time Kawhi was healthy. Obviously, they’re two elite scorers and wing defenders, great two-way players, which is perfect for today’s NBA. If you watched the postseason, defenders were crucial, and obviously you have to be able to put the ball in the basket as well.”
Taylor’s thoughts: “Luka is at the door of the superstar’s club; he’s not inside yet. He’s ready, but not inside yet. He was the second-leading scorer in playoff history behind Michael Jordan, that’s pretty significant. He was the leading playoff scorer, tied with Giannis [Antetokounmpo] at 31.7 PPG. And the Mavs had the best record in the NBA after trading for Spencer Dinwiddie — 19-6 after he joined the team.”
Taylor’s thoughts: “They led the Heat to Conference finals in two of the last three seasons. Let me remind you, they were in the Finals a few years ago and were one Jimmy Butler shot away from going back this year. Adebayo is an elite defender, needs to work on his scoring, but he has increased his PPG…