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NBA 2019-20: Ranking the 5 best duos in the league today

Talal Meenai
Top 5 / Top 10
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#4 Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum

Lillard and McCollum
Lillard and McCollum

Lillard and McCollum have been amongst the top backcourts in the league for a long time now. Lillard is obviously the better of the two guards as he is a superstar whereas McCollum is a borderline All-Star, however, if one of them is having an off night, the Blazers still have a great chance to win because the other one will be having a great night the same game.

Also, if both of them are on fire, look out because they'll blow the opposition away. On the other hand, one of the reasons why this backcourt is a top 5 pair in the league is that the Blazers front office hasn't surrounded them with a strong enough supporting cast.

Perhaps that is why the Blazers have not entered the conversation of championship contention yet. Things may change this year with the addition of Hassan Whiteside though.

#3 James Harden and Russell Westbrook

Harden and Westbrook
Harden and Westbrook

Russell Westbrook wanted out of OKC after the Paul George trade and the team gladly accepted his decision as they go into a full rebuild by trading Westbrook for aging point guard Chris Paul (who will be traded to another team sooner or later) along with a couple of draft picks.

Hopefully, Mike D'Antoni slightly adjusts his offensive system so that Westbrook can make use of the 3-point shooters that he never had during his whole career in OKC and not take even more 3s himself.

Westbrook is a very inefficient shooter so if he allows the other guys to do most of the shooting whilst he attacks the rim for a basket or finds an open teammate, that would make the Rockets a much better team. They would then be able to compete with the LA teams, the Denver Nuggets, and the Utah Jazz.