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5 best back court tandem in the NBA right now

Alex Aroko
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2.58K   //    07 Nov 2017, 14:18 IST

Detroit Pistons v Washington Wizards
Are Bradley Beal and John Wall at the top of this list?

The modern NBA era demands a lot from the guards. You need the perfect pairing with the perfect chemistry for the team to move like a well-oiled machine. The pressure to create as well as score is irrepressible. The backcourt tandem needs to be complimentary.

The perfect combination of guards must be dynamic as opposed to one dimensional. They orchestrate the offense, create easy looks in transition, make big shots, create and facilitate mismatches, defend, and improve the quality of basketball on the team with their various intangibles. With experience comes the understanding and better execution of these tasks.

The NBA used to be a point guard’s league. Currently, both guards are essential to picking after each other. The league has seen the demand for elite backcourt tandems increases every season especially with the success of the Splash Brothers becoming a reference point.

We look at the different backcourt combos from different teams, ranking the top 5 elite in the league right now.

Honorable mention:

Kemba Walker and Nicholas Batum, Charlotte Hornets

Boston Celtics v Charlotte Hornets
Dwight Howard sitting in between Kemba Walker and Nicolas Batum

Kemba had a breakout season last year, where he averaged 20.9 points on 44.4 percent shooting from the field and a career-best 39.9 percent from beyond the arc. Add a reliable and perpetually underrated 3-and-D guy and suddenly they demand respect and recognition.

Walker is a huge reason the Charlotte Hornets started the season 5-3, among the best records in the East. The 2017 All-Star has a career-high PER this season at 22.8. While we wait for Batum to get healthy, Kemba is already holding his own so far.

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