The NBA has changed from teams trying to form a big three in order to compete for a title, to now trying to win a title with a duo. There are several star players that earlier in their career tried to win a title without another star to play with them. Nowadays, the way teams are put together you have to have multiple star players in order to be a legitimate contender for an NBA Championship.
Players now a day have another player that they would prefer to play within either a specific location or in an unspecific location. Then you have the teams that just try to force a duo to try and form to give them the best chance at winning, especially when you can see there is no way they can co-exist. With that being said here are ten of the sickest duos in 2019, and ten that make no sense.
20 No Sense: Terry Rozier And Miles Bridges (Charlotte Hornets)
Terry Rozier and Miles Bridges haven't played together for a full season yet, but it really feels like the two were just thrown together. Rozier just signed a three-year deal this past offseason, and Bridges is entering his sophomore season. The two haven't seemed like they gel together throughout the short stint of the season. It looks like these two will be a duo that people will easily forget as the season moves forward.
19 Sick: Mike Conley And Donovan Mitchell (Utah Jazz)
Donovan Mitchell burst onto the scene in his rookie season and got even better in his sophomore campaign. Mike Conley is a twelve-year veteran and one of the more underrated point guards in the league today. This duo also hasn't had a full season of playing together yet, but their similar styles on both sides of the ball make Utah very much so a contender in the Western Conference. Look out for this duo, because they could easily be a big-time factor in the league this season.
18 No Sense: RJ Barrett And Julius Randle (New York Knicks)
RJ Barrett was taken with the third overall pick this year by the Knicks, and they also signed Julius Randle this past offseason as well. Barrett was a big-time player when he had a talented big like Zion Williamson when he was at Duke. Randle and Barrett both need the ball in their hands to be effective. The Knicks are also not a very good team in the NBA right now, and I just can see Barrett and Randle not being able to gel together which will cause the Knicks to suffer even more for years to come.
17 Sick: Trae Young And John Collins (Atlanta Hawks)
The Atlanta Hawks are on the rise, and these two young studs are going to be the main reason why. Collins is a solid double-double kind of guy, and Trae Young who is in his sophomore season is a talented point guard with a killer of a jump shot. Trae Young and John Collins have worked really well together as we have seen so far, and this is the season we see themselves and the Hawks break out in 2019-2020.
16 No Sense: Bradley Beal And John Wall (Washington Wizards)
Bradley Beal and John Wall have played together since 2012, and have yet to make it to an Eastern Conference Final. Both have had their injuries, but John Wall has had more of the injuries out of the two. This backcourt duo was thought to be one of the best duos in the league, but we have seen that the two of them can't win together. Wall and Beal need to move on from one another in order to try and find success in the league elsewhere.
15 Sick: Kemba Walker And Jayson Tatum (Boston Celtics)
Kemba Walker and Jayson Tatum have yet to play a full season together, but from the looks of what we have seen, they look like they will be really good together. This duo just compliments the other one to their potential. Kemba Walker finally has some talent to play with and Tatum has a point guard who can get his own points but is a team player. Look for this duo to become a big-time factor in the Eastern Conference this season.
14 No Sense: Chris Paul And Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Oklahoma City Thunder)
Chris Paul and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander are basically the same type of player and the two of them don't fit on the same team. Paul is an established veteran who is a very good passer, and Gilgeous-Alexander has the same style as Paul and he is only in his sophomore season. These guards would thrive with other teams, but the fact that they have the same style of play and play the same position leaves me to believe this duo makes no sense.
13 Sick: Nikola Jokic And Jamal Murray (Denver Nuggets)
Nikola Jokic is slowly working his way into being a top ten player in the NBA today, and Jamal Murray is the type of point guard that fits with Jokic's style of play. Murray's effectiveness when it comes to the pick and roll helps make Jokic's abilities that much more dangerous. Having Nikola Jokic able to step out and hit a jump shot creates many opportunities for both himself and Murray on the offensive end. These two exploded last season, and this season they are looking to prove that last year was no fluke.
12 No Sense: LaMarcus Aldridge And DeMar DeRozan (San Antonio Spurs)
DeMar DeRozan has a great mid-range jump shot and LaMarcus Aldridge is a great solid big. So why does this duo make absolutely no sense? Well, Aldridge can also step out and hit a consistent jump shot, but DeRozan is a dribble first guard and looks to create for himself more than others. With both of them needing the ball in their hands to be effective, it makes it hard for myself to think that this is a duo that makes sense even the slightest.
11 Sick: Stephen Curry And Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors)
Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson have been referred to as the splash brothers due to their ability to make it rain from beyond the arc. These two have a great track record together and have shown how good they are when they both are on the floor. This duo is currently hurt, but when healthy is one of the most lethal backcourts in the league and they can make you pay.
10 No Sense: Karl-Anthony Towns And Andrew Wiggins (Minnesota Timberwolves)
Both Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins are scorers at their respective positions. Since they have both been a duo they only have one playoff appearance together, and it ended with a first-round exit. Towns is definitely the player that the Timberwolves can build around, while Wiggins would be a good role guy on another team. This duo makes no sense because Towns needs to be paired with a guard that can easily distribute to him, and that is no Andrew Wiggins' style.
9 Sick: Giannis Antetokounmpo And Khris Middleton (Milwaukee Bucks)
Giannis and Khris Middleton are one of the best duos in the Eastern Conference and last year was a big showing why. Antetokounmpo is the reigning MVP and Middleton had a big-time breakout season and they showed why they are a force in the league today. This duo has NBA Championship-winning potential, and without having to go up against Kawhi Leonard this season they have a legitimate chance to make it to the NBA Final.
8 No Sense: Nikola Vucevic And Aaron Gordon (Orlando Magic)
Aaron Gordon and Nikola Vucevic are two talented big men, but they both have the same skill set so it makes it hard for them to be able to work together. The Magic were hoping that Aaron Gordon would be able to play the small forward and expand his game, but he has not been able to yet. Vucevic is a big-time double-double guy, and Aaron Gordon is a big time athlete. They need to figure out which one they want to keep and use the other one to get a better haul and create a better duo that makes sense.
7 Sick: Luka Doncic And Kristaps Porzingis (Dallas Mavericks)
Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis are the current day Steve Nash and Dirk Nowitzki for the Dallas Mavericks. They might actually be better than Nash and Dirk when it is all said and done. Doncic is easily a top ten player in the NBA today, and at the age of 20, he could very well be the face of the league in a few seasons. Porzinigis is a solid big that can step out and hit jump shots consistently. This foreign duo is about to show the NBA why they are on the up and up.
6 No Sense: Andre Drummond And Blake Griffin (Detroit Pistons)
Andre Drummond is a top five center in the league and is a rebounding machine. Blake Griffin is a talented big that has shown he can play in this league. Just like when Griffin was with the Clippers, he and Drummond do not make sense as a duo. If this was back in the 1980s this would be a top-five duo in the league, but in today's NBA it does not make sense at all. Detroit needs to make a decision on which one to keep and which one to move on from.
5 Sick: LeBron James And Anthony Davis (Los Angeles Lakers)
LeBron James and Anthony Davis have done what people have thought they would do to start off the season and that is dominate. These are two of the top five players in the league today, and they currently play on the same team. James and Davis can play off of each other and can easily dominate the league like we haven't seen before. Look out for the Lakers with this season with this top tier duo on the floor.
4 No Sense: Damian Lillard And CJ McCollum (Portland Trailblazers)
Both Lillard and McCollum are volume scorers and if one of them isn't on the Blazers aren't an effective team. The scoring backcourt only works if one of the players can catch and shoot and McCollum can do that, but he also needs the ball in his hand to be able to score. Lillard is a ball-dominant point guard who can score when he wants, but if he doesn't have the ball in his hand he is not effective. Portland has been successful as of late, but wait until somebody complains about not getting the ball enough, then it will be time for Portland to make a decision until then Portland will not get to an NBA Final.
3 Sick: James Harden And Russell Westbrook (Houston Rockets)
James Harden and Russell Westbrook have played together before with another star in Kevin Durant, now the duo has a chance to show that they can win a championship without Durant. Now the Thunder team that had both Harden and Westbrook did not win an NBA Final, but Durant has won two since he left Oklahoma City while Harden and Westbrook have zero. Both of these two are ball-dominant, but both of these guys will be able to co-exist enough to be able to compete for a championship.
2 No Sense: Joel Embiid And Ben Simmons (Philadelphia 76ers)
Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid have never made sense and they never will. Embiid is a top-two center in the league, and Simmons is a six-foot ten player that can play point guard. The only problem is that they both occupy the same space on the floor, and if that happens there is no ball movement to help their perimeter players out. This duo will never compete for a title, and Philadelphia is going to have to choose which one of these talented players they are going to want to build around sooner rather than later.
1 Sick: Kawhi Leonard And Paul George (Los Angeles Clippers)
We have yet to see this duo in action, but when we do it is going to be special. George and Leonard and two of the top five defenders in the league and having them on the same team is a bad thing for the league. These two solid wing players are going to take the league by storm this season, and Kawhi has a better supporting cast than last year and we saw what he did with that supporting cast. The Clippers are a team to be reckoned with and watch out to the rest of the NBA when Paul George comes back from injury.