So much has already been said this off-season about the new duos forming across the league, with stars from every corner teaming up to form the most open season of this generation. It's difficult not to talk about who will come out on top next year.
It seems that gone are the days of the big three, as player movement has reached a point where half the league has a superstar duo. Whether it's LeBron and AD or Kawhi and PG, they each have a window to win and for most, that opportunity is right now.
But in today's article, we take a look toward the future and rank the upcoming partnerships that will one day take over the NBA for years to come:
#5 Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown (Boston Celtics)
Jayson Tatum: 14.8 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game
Jaylen Brown: 11.2 points, 4 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game
Much has been spoken about the Celtics roster, their depth and impressive young core. During their first year playing together, Tatum and Brown managed to force a game seven against LeBron James' Cleveland Cavaliers without star Kyrie Irving.
Last season, they were underwhelming and suffered a second-round playoff defeat to the Milwaukee Bucks in embarrassing fashion - failing to work out significant chemistry issues and struggling to live up to their high expectations. This offseason, the star veterans in Irving and Al Horford have both departed the franchise for pastures new, leaving the keys to these two young stars.
Both have had some developmental issues and many believe the Celtics are handling their youth core poorly, having tried to force Gordon Hayward into the rotation more regularly given his injury issues and a huge max contract hanging on his shoulders to boot.
If they can figure it out, Tatum has the potential to be an offensive weapon while Brown can work to become an exceptional two-way wing. Once their chemistry issues are resolved, the duo could lead by example and push for a top four seed in the Eastern Conference this coming season.