NBA history is littered with championship teams that featured a top-end one-two punch. There have been many dynamic duos that led their team to a title.
The Golden State Warriors had two different dynamic duos during their run, with Steph Curry being the constant. In 2016, the Dubs were led by Curry and Klay Thompson. The 2017 and 2018 championships teams were led by Steph and Kevin Durant, although Thompson was also a huge factor in those runs as well.
NBC Bay Area’s Josh Schrock came up with his list of the 10 best duos in NBA history. He had Curry and Durant ranked No. 8, and had this say:
“During their time together, Curry and Durant combined for 52.1 points, 11.4 assists and 6.6 3-pointers per game. Curry had a true shooting percentage of 64.3 while Durant’s was 64.0. The three Warriors teams of the Steph and KD era rank first, second and third in effective field goal percentage in NBA history.”
Schrock thinks Curry and KD would have been higher had their time together not ended after three seasons. Schrock listed the Splash Brothers a little bit higher, ranking the duo of Curry and Thompson as the fifth-best all time:
“They won three titles together and went to five straight Finals. They took the notion that jump shooting teams couldn’t win championships, took it out back and ripped it apart limb by limb. So far, they’ve gone 395-130 in the regular season and 77-34 in the playoffs together ... They come in at No. 5 not only because of what they have done, but they still can do at the height of their powers.”
Steph and Klay will be back and healthy for the 2020-21 season, and that will be trouble for the rest of the league. They are the two-best shooters in the game, and if general manager Bob Myers can fill out the roster around them with high-end role players, there is no reason to think the Warriors won’t be among the NBA elite again next year.
Here is how the rest of Schrock’s list looks:
- Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen
- Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Magic Johnson
- LeBron James and Dwayne Wade
- Curry and Thompson
- Larry Bird and Kevin McHale
- Tim Duncan and Tony Parker
- Curry and Durant
- Wilt Chamberlain and Jerry West
- Karl Malone and John Stockton
I would put Curry and Thompson ahead of James and Wade because the Splash Brothers have accomplished more than LeBron and D-Wade. Sure, the Heat made the NBA Finals four years in a row, but they only won two championships.
What do you think of Schrock’s list? Would you put the Warriors’ duos higher or lower?
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