The best backcourts in the NBA

There are great pairs… of guards in the NBA. Young and dynamic duo, others more experienced, driving their team to the top. Today, most stars are those who can score off the dribble and pick-and-roll. In other words, point guards and wingers for the most part. The league leaders realized that it was better to have as many playmakers as possible on the field at once.

That’s why they don’t hesitate to align them. Elite backcourts are popping up all over the country and it’s not easy to decide between them. We tried to stay here as much as we could.

NB: Tandems with a single mega star like the Dallas Mavericks (Luka Doncic) or the Golden State Warriors (Stephen Curry – while waiting for Klay Thompon to find his rhythm) were not preserved.

Bonus (because we forgot about them): Tyrese Maxey and James Harden (Philadelphia Sixers)

Offensively, really strong, especially with James Harden’s return to form and Tyrese Maxey’s rise. The duo is at the top, probably in fifth or fourth place. On the other hand, ironically, they are also the weak points of the Sixers. Because it was a defensive disaster. Too small. Not involved enough. This tandem is collecting a whopping 112 points from 100 possessions and will both be targeted by opposing attacks in the playoffs.

5. Chris Paul and Devin Booker (Phoenix Suns)

Days quietly returned to the roof of his Conference. Just like last season. The Arizona franchise is leading the Jazz, winning 7 of its first 9 games. He is currently making the best impression among the Western title candidates.

As usual, Phoenix revolves around their duo formed by Chris Paul and Devin Booker – even more so thanks to the last named. This is Book’s group. He is one of the favorites for MVP as there is no question of splitting the votes between him and his firstborn.

CP3 is the player in the five majors who scored the fewest points with 10.3 (36% on shots, 27% on three-pointers…) but he still dished out 10.2 assists. This is the third season together for the two All-Stars and they have developed a whole host of reflexes that work in their favor every night. The Suns are leading their opponents by nearly 20 points per 100 possessions when both are on the floor. However, it will take a sharper and simply “fresher” Chris Paul for the tandem is not playable.

4. Trae Young and Dejounte Murray (Atlanta Hawks)

Finding these guys in fourth place says a lot about the level of the three podium-placed duos. The Hawks made a bet to tie the two leaders on the ground. One is very offensive and good from distance, the other is more complete and athletic. Both are very good passes without being much of a real manager. And so far, it’s working well!

Both players complement each other in the backcourt. Murray is more effective in defense and rebounds. Youth learn to play without bloat. They are both averaging over 28 points per game – 22 and 28 respectively – while dropping over 8 assists. The Hawks must now find the best plays around to sublimate their qualities and compensate for their shortcomings. But this duo has a lot of potential on paper.

3. Darius Garland and Donovan Mitchell (Cleveland Cavaliers)

The record of the Cavaliers, launched in an 8-game winning streak, can push us to rank higher the two stars of the franchise. But Donovan Mitchell and Darius Garland haven’t played much together, the fault of an eye injury to the younger of the two. Their combined stints on the court haven’t been perfect, despite Cleveland’s strong start to the season.

In 39 minutes, the pair posted a differential of -2.8 per 100 possessions. The attack doesn’t really work full throttle when they are paired with the other members of the major five. Because even though they obviously get along, they haven’t developed a real synergy on the ground. They mainly attack in turn.

Moreover, JB Bickerstaff takes advantage of the ability to rely on two elite creators to separate them throughout the game to keep a star on the field at all times. Mitchell and Garland can function as an organizer surrounded by excellent substitutes like Kevin Love, etc. In the playoffs, teams tend to rotate less and the two players have to find a solution to shine together.

Let’s remember that the sample is very small, too small to really serve as an indicator. This duo still has time to learn to play together and lift each other up. The season promises to be exciting in Ohio.

2. Ja Morant and Desmond Bane (Memphis Grizzlies)

Both young players continue to improve. Not just Ja Morant anymore. Obviously not. Yes, the odd leader is a superstar. But his backcourt partner has the potential to become a major player in the NBA. He remains at 38, 31, 32, 29, 19 and 28 points in the last 6 matches. Of the 5 Grizzlies winning the lot.

Memphis holds its second star and has evolved in the backcourt. Bane shot 24 points and 46 percent from three-pointers. A real certainty next to a Morant who is also brimming with confidence. The Tennessee team seems more dangerous.

1. Jrue Holiday and Khris Middleton (Milwaukee Bucks)

But yes! Respect for elders! It’s a bit inflated to put Khris Middleton in the rankings when he hasn’t even played. But it’s a reminder that the Bucks are above the rest. Because their backs will bring out the backs of other teams. Jrue Holiday is the best outside defender in the league. His teammate is also a stopper in his position.

In addition to having experience and a championship ring, his two players complement each other wonderfully. They both have the ability to shoot, drive or create the play. The presence of Giannis Antetokounmpo undoubtedly makes them look better than they really are, but they also support the Greek. It’s hard not to bet on them.

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