Whenever the Warriors are on national TV, there seems to be a conversation about the best backcourt in NBA history.
There’s a good reason for this: Golden State is the home of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, one of the league’s most dynamic duos who have spent the last decade broken records and compete for championships.
There’s no question that Curry and Thompson form one of the best backcourts we’ve ever seen, but are they? the improve?
To answer this question, five members of our Sporting News staff – Gilbert McGregor, Micah Adams, Carlan Gay, Jordan Greer Other myself – ranked what they believe are the 10 best backcourts in NBA history. We then used a points system – 10 points for a first place, 9 points for a second place, 8 points for a third place and so on – to get the following list.
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The 10 best backcourts in NBA history
10. Chris Paul and James Harden, Rockets
Their time together was short-lived, but the Rockets scored a combined 118-46 in the two seasons that Paul and Harden were teammates. Their crowning glory was to push a Warriors team built around four all-time talents such as Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant and Draymond Green to seven games in the 2018 Western Conference Finals. If a hamstring injury didn’t cost to Paul the last two games of the series, both lost by the Rockets, perhaps they would have moved on to the finals.
9. Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher, Lakers
Bryant and Fisher won five titles during their stint as teammates over the Lakers. An 18-time All-Star with two Finals MVP awards and one MVP award, Bryant’s results speak for themselves, but Fisher was the Lakers’ starting point guard for four of the five championships they have won together and has become known for his heroic moments of crisis. A career 3-point shooter at 37.4%, Fisher proved to be an ideal running mate for Bryant in the backcourt.
8. Michael Jordan and Ron Harper, Bulls
Harper was a different player when he joined the Bulls. While he began his career as a reference scorer, he became a specialist playing alongside Jordan in Chicago, reinventing himself as a block perimeter defender. Starting with point guard, Harper played a key role in Chicago’s second threepeat. As for Jordan, well, he beat LeBron James for No. 1 place in SN’s series largest peaks. He had a decent career. No disrespect to Harper, but let’s be honest … you could probably pick any fan from the stands, place him next to No. 23 and we would have ranked them in the top 10.
7. Walt Frazier and Earl Monroe, Knicks
Both Frazier and Monroe found their way onto the The NBA’s 75th anniversary team. Monroe was already two-time All-Star when he joined the Knicks in 1971, but earned two more by playing alongside Frazier, who amassed a total of seven All-Star appearances in his Hall of Fame career. Frazier (21.9) and Monroe (16.1) were the top scorers in New York in the race for the team’s championship in 1973.
6. Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili, Spurs
Parker and Ginobili are two pillars of one of the greatest dynasties in NBA history. Parker was one of the league’s best point guards in his prime, earning six All-Star selections and a Finals MVP award in 2008. Although Ginobili has been off the bench for most of his career, he is one of the best sixth men. of the history league and often closed games along with Parker and Tim Duncan. Parker and Ginobili have won four championships together in San Antonio.
5. Magic Johnson and Byron Scott, Lakers
The Showtime Lakers were powered by their Magic All-Star trio, James Worthy and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, but Scott was a major part of three of their leagues. He led the Lakers in scoring with their best 21.7 career points per game during the 1987-88 season. He then averaged 19.6ppg in the playoffs, helping Los Angeles earn its third championship in four seasons.
4. Bob Cousy and Sam Jones, Celtics
Between 1957 and 1969, the Celtics won 11 championships. Cousy and Jones were teammates for five of those title runs. Cousy, who has led the league in assists for eight consecutive seasons, once said that “Sam and Bill Sharman are probably the most responsible for me getting into the Hall of Fame because every time I threw the ball at them, they put it in that damn hole.” Like Frazier and Monroe, both Cousy and Jones did the The NBA’s 75th anniversary team.
3. Jerry West and Gail Goodrich, Lakers
In 2015, NBA lifer Pat Riley said Curry and Thompson were the “two more dynamic players in the backcourt“He had seen from West and Goodrich. Between 1970-74, West averaged 24.6 points (with 47.9 percent of shots from the field) and 9.0 assists per game against Goodrich’s 23.2 points. (with 46.6 percent shots) and 4.7 assists per game Goodrich led the Lakers in scoring the title race in 1972, the only championship of their career.
2. Isiah Thomas and Joe Dumars, pistons
Led by Thomas and Dumars, the Pistons defeated the Lakers in the 1989 NBA Finals by winning the franchise’s first championship. They followed it by taking down the Trail Blazers in 1990 to go back. The rest of the 90s was dominated by Jordan and the Bulls, but the Bad Boy Pistons proved to be Jordan’s biggest rival early in his career.
Thomas is one of the greatest point guards of all time and Dumars has won six All-Stars, five All-Defensives and three All-NBAs in his career.
1. Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, Warriors
Surprise! Curry and Thompson are widely regarded as the two best shooters in NBA history. Together, they laid the foundation for one of the greatest dynasties in NBA history, with five consecutive trips to the finals and three championships to the Golden State. In 2015-16, Curry and Thompson played a central role in the Warriors by hitting a record of 73-9, setting an NBA record for victories in one season.
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The scary part? The story of Curry and Thompson together is still being written.