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Ranking Every NBA Team's Backcourt From Worst To Best

The NBA is absolutely filled to the brink with explosive and gifted guards, and when these one-of-a-kind players team up, it becomes a problem for the rest of the NBA. The lethal duo of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson destroy opponents with their knockdown shooting abilities, and the twosome of the Wizards, John Wall and Bradley Beal, pick apart opposing defenses with their blend of playmaking and scoring.

Less flashy, and usually underrated duos that rely on defense, such as Mike Conley and Tony Allen, often times get under-appreciated by fans when they think of the best NBA duos, but not on this list. Young, and not fully developed pairs, such as Eric Bledsoe and Devin Booker of the Phoenix Suns were ranked for their current abilities, not for what they could be.

There is also the middle of the pack type of duos. While not a bad pairing, they are not exactly regarded as world beaters either. An example of this is the Miami Heat. While yes, Goran Dragić is a nice finisher and Dion Waiters has spurts of star-like scoring abilities, they are not a top backcourt pair at the NBA – they are just average.

So, without further ado, let us get into the list.

30 Philadelphia 76ers

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While the 76ers have a strong future with Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid, their backcourt does not. The Sixers should look to target a guard in this year's draft as T.J. McConnell, at best, is a backup. And Gerald Henderson, Jr, despite being just 29, is quite old compared to the rest of the roster, and most likely won't have a future with this team.

McConnell, despite playing 26 minutes a night, only posted 6.9 PPG. While he did put up 6.6 APG, he served as the team's only facilitator, so he was bound to get a decent number of assists due to his role. Henderson, on the other hand, put up 9.2 PPG and 1.6 APG, which is fairly low considering he was one of the only offensive options on the team besides Embiid. The 76ers may be last, for now, but "trusting the process" as well as how the 76ers decide to draft will play a crucial role in determining their ranking in future seasons.

29 Brooklyn Nets

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The Brooklyn Nets, at this point, are just awful. Their team is a mess, the roster is a bunch of players who don't play well together, and their future isn't very bright. The backcourt, consisting of Jeremy Lin and Randy Foye, is two players past their primes that serve best in bench roles. The Jeremy Lin of the infamous "Linsanity" is of no more, however, as seen by the Charlotte Hornets, is still an NBA caliber player when put in the right role, specifically, a scoring guard off the bench. Randy Foye is a solid veteran that would serve well as a secondary ball handler who won't turn the ball over and will make the correct basketball play, but he doesn't have much else to offer, and given his age, will probably be out of the NBA in about three years time.

If the Nets want to improve their backcourt ASAP, they would need to target free agents, however it's unlikely any stars would come to the circus that is the Brooklyn Nets. The Nets could also attempt to trade Brook Lopez, however with him being on the trading block for two years and not being traded, this is unlikely, too. The Nets will most likely have to wait out these next couple of years that the Celtics have their picks, and once that point comes, should then begin to rebuild.

28 Sacramento Kings

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The Kings, similar to the Nets, are also a complete mess. A starting backcourt of Darren Collison and Arron Afflalo won't get you very far in the NBA, if anywhere at all, and this is seen through the Sacramento Kings. Collison has spent this year being involved with Domestic violence scandals, resulting in a suspension of eight games, and when he returned, only put up a pedestrian 13.2 points and 4.6 assists a night while playing 30 minutes. His partner, Arron Afflalo, was the same way, and while he did provide solid defense and all-around play, that was about all he did provide. The Kings will have ample opportunity to correct their backcourt, though, as they received a future first and second round pick, as well as budding star, Buddy Hield, and unlike the Nets, still have their own picks which could turn into future building blocks.

27 Dallas Mavericks

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With the unexpected exceptional play of D-League come up Yogi Ferrell and the 3-And-D abilities of Wesley Matthews, you might expect for the Mavericks to be higher on this list. Unfortunately, though, when compared to the rest of the NBA, the Mavericks just fail to impress. Not only as a whole is their team a lottery team, but their Backcourt, Yogi and Wesley, may be the weakest component of their starting lineup. As stated earlier, Yogi unexpectedly played well for the Mavericks, however this "unexpected" play was just about 10 points and 4 assists, which is the numbers of a backup point guard. Wesley Matthews was solid, like he has been for the past few years, however he seems to has reached his ceiling as a player in a "3-And-D" role.

The Mavericks do have Seth Curry who may start after Wesley, and if he plays only a fraction like his brother, he will have a long successful career for the Dallas Mavericks.

26 New Orleans Pelicans

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While completely overloaded at their frontcourt positions, the Pelicans have the complete opposite at the guard positions. Jrue Holiday is solid, however he lacks intense defense and can be inefficient at times on offense. His teammate, E'Twuan Moore, is nothing to write home about, however he is a great three-point shooter. While he only scores 9.6 points a night, he plays 24.9 minutes a night. A player with the shooting abilities of Moore (37% 3pt%) should look to score more especially with that amount of floor time, like previous shooting guard Buddy Hield until he was traded to the Sacramento Kings for DeMarcus Cousins.

The Pelicans, with Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins, are slowly ascending into "win-now" mode, and need to search for a accompanying guard for the draft or free agency.

25 Orlando Magic

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The Magic came into the season looking to make the playoffs as a fringe no.8 seed, but what they got was much worse. The Magic tried to experiment with a defense-first team, however when you lack any offensive ability except for Evan Fournier, you know you aren't going to be a contender. The Magic, at guard, have Elfrid Payton and Evan Fournier starting. On paper, this sounds like a above average duo. Elfrid Payton is a capable passer and defender who has recorded a few career triple doubles, and Evan Fournier is a shooter who stretches the floor for the Magic. Unfortunately, Elfrid Payton cannot shoot to save his life, and Evan Fournier can only do so much. Elfrid Payton and Fournier still are both young, and could develop into an upper tier guard pair in the future, but for now, they are one of the bottom feeders of the list.

24 Denver Nuggets

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Another young team on the list, the Nuggets have players that will bring them up this list in the future, but for right now, they fall to 24th. Future pieces like Emmanuel Mudiay and Jamal Murray will both have NBA careers and vital roles for years to come, but as of now, they still are getting acclimated and adjusted to the NBA. Jamal Murray is a young shooter who people have gone lengths to compare him to Stephen Curry, and Gary Harris is a young guard who is looking like he'll have a solid career in a "3-And-D" type of role. Gary Harris will likely have a long career with the Nuggets, as he is part of their rebuild, but Jamal Murray and Emmanuel Mudiay will likely have to battle for the future of the point guard position for the Nuggets.

23 Los Angeles Lakers

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With guards D'Angelo Russell Jordan Clarkson, the Lakers seem to be stacked at point guard. D'Angelo Russell is a superstar in the making, Jordan Clarkson is a nice supporting piece, and overall the Lakers are headed in the right direction. The Lakers have a bright future ahead of them and have the pieces in place to be successful, and once those pieces come together, such as the backcourt of Russell and Clarkson, this team will start to win. For example, the Lakers have experimented with Russell at shooting guard, which has worked with moderated success for the Lakers, and once they find a great match for Russell, they will begin to become a playoff contender.

The Lakers could've been higher on this list if they had won more games, but due to the fact that they only won 26 games, the Lakers are ranked at 23. To improve their ranking, the Lakers should look to develop and/or acquire one more player here, such as Lonzo Ball in the upcoming draft.

22 Minnesota Timberwolves

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The Timberwolves are a young team that on paper, seem like they would be winning and be a bubble team in the western conference, however they weren't able to accomplish this and were rather a 31-51 team. Ricky Rubio and Zach LaVine, individually, are both great players. Rubio is a crafty pass-first and scrappy guard, and LaVine is flashy and athletic scorer, but this doesn't merge on the court. Rubio isn't a good enough scorer or shooter to open up the floor for a guy like LaVine to thrive, and Rubio handles the ball so much that a guy like LaVine doesn't get enough opportunities with the ball. Not to mention, LaVine is a lazy, and overall, weak defender, who really only provides value offensively. If the Timberwolves want to improve, they should look to either get rid of Rubio or at the very least, give Kris Dunn more minutes alongside Zach LaVine.

21 New York Knicks

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The "Superteam" of the New York Knicks that former MVP Derrick Rose predicted did not turn out, and it's easy to see why. Not only did the team struggle with overall chemistry issues and the ball hogging of Carmelo Anthony, but they also had a vastly overrated backcourt pairing of Derrick Rose and Courtney Lee. Derrick Rose is a middle of the road point guard these days, and the 2011 MVP Derrick Rose is no more. While his numbers, 18 PPG and 4.4 APG aren't bad by any means, they aren't going to wow anyone or bring your team to a "superteam" level. Courtney Lee is just another one of those "3-And-D" guards who can shoot and defend for you, and not do much else.

Overall, the Knicks should look to acquire new guards through the draft or free agency that will work well with Latvian big man Kristaps Porzingis if they want to have a successful future.

20 Detroit Pistons

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The Detroit Pistons are a backcourt that sounds like one of the league's top tier duos, but that doesn't translate to the court. Reggie Jackson looked promising for a breakout year, and KCP was a nice pairing for him. However, Reggie Jackson hit a wall in his development, and didn't progress the way he was expected to. After putting up 18.8 points and 6.2 assists, many expected for Reggie to take the next step and become an All-Star candidate while leading the Pistons to a top 5 seed, but instead, he regressed and put up 14.5 points and 5.2 assists and didn't even lead the Pistons to be a bubble team in the weak eastern conference. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is solid, however a solid player will only do so much for moving the Pistons backcourt in the rankings.

As seen by the Pistons late in the year, the Pistons may be looking to move away from Reggie Jackson, as he was benched.

19 San Antonio Spurs

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In previous years, the Spurs would be a borderline top-10 backcourt, but Tony Parker's dramatic regression has moved them down to 19. Tony Parker is not the player he once was in the Spur's 2012 and 2014 title runs, and the Spurs need to find a replacement for the future ASAP. Luckily, the Spurs have Patty Mills, and suitable backup and/or starter for the Spurs, as well as rookie Johnathan Simmons who has had a remarkably solid year, which is often the case for rookies receiving playing time under Gregg Popovich.  The Spurs also have Danny Green, one of the most consistent players of the past five years, maintaining his status as one of the league's best "3-And-D" players.

The Spurs, due to their history and drafting abilities, will likely be fine and probably improve their ranking in the future, but for now, they stand at 19.

18 Milwaukee Bucks 

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The Bucks run an offense in which the primary ball handler starts at Small Forward, with the player being Giannis Antetokounmpo, however he was not included as a backcourt player due to the fact that Malcolm Brogdon and Khris Middleton start at the guard positions. Malcolm Brogdon has been one of the better rookies this season, and Khris Middleton is one of the top tier knockdown shooters in the league. The Bucks are a solid playoff team, and Middleton, despite his injuries, has returned to form and is currently averaging 13.6 Points, 4.8 Rebounds, and 5.2 Assists per game.

Point guard Malcolm Brogdon recorded a variety of highlights throughout the year, such as dunking on LeBron and recording a triple double. The Bucks will be a threat to the East, specifically the powerhouse of the Cavaliers, and should look to add one more piece to the puzzle to complete their backcourt.

17 Indiana Pacers

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The Indiana Pacers are a team that needs to look into rebuilding their team. They don't have young talent other than Myles Turner, Jeff Teague is in his prime and being wasted on a bottom seed 1st-round exit, and Paul George's free agency decision is looming. The Pacers have a backcourt duo of athletic guards Jeff Teague and Monta Ellis, and it has worked with moderate success if you consider a 7th seed in the East successful. Jeff Teague has been solid, posting 15.3 PPG and 7.8 APG, however slashing guard Monta Ellis is a ball stopping isolation style of guard that just isn't efficient in today's NBA.

The Pacers should look to acquire new talent via free agency or the NBA draft to improve their ranking. If they happen to acquire a player that works especially well with big man Myles Turner, they could kick off the post-PG13 Pacers with a bang.

16 Utah Jazz

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With George Hill and Rodney Hood starting for the Jazz, fans would be quick to place the Jazz much lower on this list, however fans seem to have a lapse in judgement when it comes to this team. The Jazz are very (like, very) underrated, and players George Hill and Rodney Hood usually fall under the radar. George Hill, though, has had an outstanding season for the Utah Jazz, and while Rodney Hood has had to deal with injuries this season, he still put up numbers such as 13 points and 37 3PT%, and while these aren't outstanding, Rodney Hood has played a vital role as a floor spacer for the Utah Jazz. George Hill put up 16.9 points and 4.1 assists a night, which after serving in a supporting role for the Pacers for so long, was impressive, not to mention Hill's defense.

The Jazz are on the path to becoming a top team in the NBA, and as they are already a 5 seed in the western conference, are very close to that point. If they wish to improve, they need to find a scoring guard who can put points on the board alongside Gordon Hayward.

15 Atlanta Hawks

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The Hawks have Dennis Schröder, a young point guard with superstar potential, and Tim Hardaway, Jr, a shooting guard who lights up the scoreboard for the Hawks. The Hawks traded Jeff Teague to the Indiana Pacers this season, giving Schröder full rein to the Hawks backcourt. He excelled in this role, putting up 17.9 PPG and 6.3 APG, and led the Hawks to a 5th seed in the East. Dennis is still improving, though, and could make the All-Star game if his improvement goes to plan.

Hardaway, alongside Schröder, provides valuable scoring for the Hawks. The Hawks rarely play isolation basketball, but when they do, Hardaway is one of the few players on the roster that is allowed to control the ball in these situations. If the Hawks wish to improve their ranking, they should either depend on the development of Schroder and Hardaway Jr., or look to acquire one more guard with a higher ceiling than Hardaway Jr.

14 Miami Heat

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After starting the season horribly, the Miami Heat rejuvenated themselves and went on a 13-game win streak in January and February, and posted a 30-11 (.732) record since January 17, the same win percentage as a 60-win team. This, however, was not enough to make the playoffs in the East, and the Heat just finished at 41-41. The win streak is still impressive, though, and the backcourt of Goran Dragić and Dion Waiters played a crucial role in the streak. Dragić summoned his younger self, playing the same way he played when he made the All-NBA Third Team. He averaged 20.3 points and 5.8 assists, strikingly similar to his 2013-14 numbers. Waiters removed the "bust" label and averaged 15.8 points and 4.3 assists, showing that he was more than just a team hopper and could play with a role for a competitive team. The Miami Heat may move up these rankings if they continue their winning ways next year, but they remain 14th for the time being.

13 Chicago Bulls

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After an eventful offseason in which the Bulls got rid of the cities beloved Derrick Rose, acquired Rajon Rondo, and acquired Dwyane Wade, the Bulls were experimenting this season with a team of veterans. In a trio referred to as the "Slash Bros", the Bulls were coming into the season with some fans predicting 50+ wins. What we got was a .500 team that barely made the playoffs. Despite this, the backcourt of Rajon Rondo and Dwyane Wade did have a solid season together. Dwyane Wade continued his battle against father time and posted 18.3 points and 3.8 assists, and has played even better, as he usually does, in the playoffs. Rajon Rondo joined him, increasing his play to levels not seen the entire season, and posted a career high of 37.6 3PT%. The Bulls, while older, are still one of the better backcourts in the league, however they should look to the draft or free agency to acquire new and younger guards for the future.

12 Memphis Grizzlies

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The Grizzlies are one of the most underrated backcourts in the league. With Mike Conley being an All-Star Snub for who knows how many years in a row now, and Tony Allen's 1st team All-Defense level of play, the Grizzlies are versatile in that they are able to pass, shoot, defend, and drive inside. Conley and Allen are a deadly defense pairing, and while Allen may struggle on defense, Conley's offensive abilities make up for this. Conley posted a career high in points, with 20.5 PPG, with 6.3 APG game to go along with that. Conley took on more of the scoring load, and with Chandler Parsons out with the injury almost all season, the "Grit-N-Grind" Grizzlies needed him too.

Tony Allen remained fairly ineffective on offense, but considered he was locking down the opposing team's best guard (AKA Steph Curry, Russell Westbrook, James Harden, you get the point), this was a trade off the Grizz were willing to make. However, with Conley and Allen getting older in age, the Grizzlies need to focus on acquiring young talent that could serve as potential replacements.

11 Charlotte Hornets

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With Kemba Walker having a breakout season that earned him an All-Star appearance, and Nicolas Batum to tag along, the Hornets are absolutely one of the top tier backcourt duos in the league. Kemba Walker can score at will, and Nicolas Batum was a terrific all-around scorer, Towards the beginning of the season, the Hornets were looking like a potential winner of the Southeastern Conference and one of the top teams in the East, however as they succumbed to injuries throughout the season, they began to fall within the Eastern Conference and eventually fell out of the race entirely. However, this wasn't Kemba's fault, and he put up 23.2 PPG and 5.5 APG. Nicolas Batum put up 16.2 PPG, 6.2 RPG, and 5.9 APG, providing playmaking abilities alongside Kemba.

The Hornets have a nice backcourt with Kemba and Batum, and should look to build their frontcourt up around them.

10 Phoenix Suns

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The Suns have one of the more intriguing backcourts in the NBA. They have the athletic, all-around Eric Bledsoe at point guard, and the young sharpshooter Devin Booker with superstar potential. Eric Bledsoe is a terrific inside-outside scorer, one of the most athletic players in the league, a great playmaker, and relentless on the court. Eric Bledsoe has been referred to as "LeBron James in a point guard's body", and it's easy to see why fans may think so. The shooting guard, Devin Booker, despite being just 20 (which means he can't even legally drink yet), has dropped 70 points in an NBA game, drawn Kobe comparisons, and gained respect around the league as a guard with Superstar potential. Devin Booker averaged 22.1 PPG this year, and this will likely increase even more as Devin Booker becomes the center piece for the Suns moving forward.

9 Cleveland Cavaliers

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One of the best teams in the league, the Cavaliers have a knockdown shooting pair at the guard spots. Kyrie Irving can score at will for the Cavaliers, and J.R. Smith will make pretty much any catch and shoot a three-pointer, contested or open. Although the main driving force of the Cavaliers, LeBron James, handles primary playmaking skills and runs the offense, Kyrie Irving has his fair share of touches too. Kyrie averaged 25.2 PPG and 5.8 APG, which for an isolation player like Kyrie, is very impressive. J.R. Smith remained lethal from deep, and although he had to deal with injuries, still managed to make 2.3 3-Pointers a game.

Going forward, the Cavaliers should try to keep the backcourt the same. The combination of Kyrie's scoring abilities and J.R. Smith's shooting opens things up for the rest of the Cavaliers like LeBron and Kevin Love, and their backcourt will play a vital role for years to come.

8 Los Angeles Clippers

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With Chris Paul remaining as one of the only "true" point guards in the league, the Clippers were bound to be high up on this list. Chris Paul, alongside J.J. Redick, are the perfect backcourt for the Clippers, as Chris Paul runs the offense and J.J. Redick stretches the floor, opening up the floor so Clippers teammates Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan can succeed. J.J. Redick will typically always draw his defender close to him as he moves around the 3-point line, and Chris Paul uses this to Run a Pick and Roll with Blake or DeAndre that either leads to 1.A Clippers Jam, 2.A Chris Paul score, or 3.A J.J. Redick three ball.

With Chris Paul and J.J. Redick's playstyles, the Clippers could remain high on this list for a couple more years (unless CP3 leaves in free agency), as pass-first and 3-point shooting playstyle typically stay with a player as he gets older.

7 Oklahoma City Thunder

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With Russell Westbrook's historic triple-double season, the Thunder could play a bench warmer at the shooting guard spot and still be one of the upper tier backcourts with Russell Westbrook alone. Luckily, the Thunder also have Victor Oladipo, a solid and athletic 2-Guard. Russell Westbrook's season, though, is one of the best seasons of all time, as he is only the second player to ever average a triple-double, and recorded a ton of 40-point games. Most guard duos don't even average a triple-double with their stats combined, while Westbrook did this himself. Westbrook's teammate, Victor Oladipo, functions as a secondary ball handler for the Thunder and provides valuable playmaking skills.

If the Thunder wish to improve their ranking, they should look to acquire a knockdown three-point shooter at the shooting guard spot to open up the floor even further for Westbrook.

6 Houston Rockets

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With MVP candidate James Harden in the backcourt as well as lockdown defender Patrick Beverley, the Rockets possess two guards who perfectly contrast one another. While Harden is your "Do-It-All" offensive superstar who can score from all areas of the floor as well as setup his teammates for their own scores, Patrick Beverley is a defense first hustle guard who makes up for Harden's defensive slack. With the amount of focus and energy that Harden has to use offensively, the Rockets allow for him to take breaks on defense, and surround him with the perimeter defense of Patrick Beverley and Trevor Ariza.

Alongside this, the Rockets were one of the absolute best offensive teams this year, run by Harden, who attempted 40 three pointers a game on average, as well as generated 11 APG for Harden. The Rockets are one of the top backcourts, and don't need to do much to improve their ranking, as they are already setup in a way that best benefits Harden.

5 Boston Celtics

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With Isaiah Thomas' offensive explosion this year, slotting him into the MVP race, as well as Avery Bradley's lockdown defense and increased offensive skills, the Celtics have had one of the top eastern backcourt duos this season. Isaiah Thomas averaged 28.9 PPG and 5.9 APG this season, and led the Celtics to the #1 seed this season, which is a tall task, considering the Cavaliers play within their conference. Avery Bradley also stepped up his game this year, posting career highs in PPG, RPG, and APG. Avery Bradley typically would guard the opposing team's best guard, which usually includes guys like Kyrie Irving, Kyle Lowry, and John Wall, while Isaiah Thomas usually guarded the easier matchup of the two.

The Celtics can improve their ranking by developing as a team and becoming a real threat to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the East.

4 Portland Trail Blazers

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The lethal scoring duo of Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum wreaked havoc across the NBA this season. Damian Lillard put up a season for books with 27 PPG and 5.9 APG, and C.J. McCollum chipped in with 23 PPG as well as served the role as secondary ball handler for the Trail Blazers. The Blazers barely squeezed into the #8 seed in the western conference, and a large part of this was due to the playing of Lillard and McCollum. Although not great defensively, Lillard and McCollum were the only true offensive options for the Blazers, so it was reasonable to expect a drop-off on defense. Damian and C.J. will need more than themselves to compete in the western conference, and the Trail Blazers should look into big men to pair alongside them.

If the Trail Blazers wish to improve their ranking, they should keep Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum and improve the rest of the team around them.

3 Toronto Raptors

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The Toronto Raptors finished with the 3rd seed in the Eastern Conference, finishing with another 50-win season, with the team being led by backcourt stars Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan. DeRozan set a new career high in PPG, averaging 27.3 PPG, as well as had 3.9 APG. Kyle Lowry maintained his All-Star caliber play for the Raptors, averaging a career high in points at 22.4, and also had 6.8 APG to go along with this. The Raptors have been one of the top teams of the conference since Lowry and DeRozan began to hit their primes, and the duo poses a nice blend of slashing and playmaking, and it is difficult for opposing teams to keep up with both DeRozan and Lowry.

The Raptors shouldn't be looking to improve their backcourt, but should be looking for one more star, preferably a big man, to play with DeRozan and Lowry.

2 Golden State Warriors

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Surprise, Surprise, the Splash Bros. aren't #1 on the list. Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson have been one of the top duos for the past 3-4 years, and it's easy to see why. Stephen Curry, the unanimous and two time reigning MVP, is transforming the NBA with his non-human like shooting capabilities, and Klay Thompson is tagging along with him. If Steph Curry isn't shooting well, Klay is, and vice-versa. The Warriors are virtually unstoppable on the court, not to mention front court players Kevin Durant and Draymond Green added into the mix. The Warriors backcourt should look to remain together for years to come, as they are currently forming a dynasty that will be remembered years from now in NBA history. The Warriors shouldn't worry about free agent guards to replace Steph or Klay, and if they to decide to acquire guards, should be sure that they are backups who will serve behind Steph and Klay.

1 Washington Wizards

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I know what you're thinking-"The Washington Wizards!? How? The Splash Bros. are way better!" which is easy to understand, but just hear me out. Stephen Curry, as good as he is, isn't actually outmatched by John Wall in a lot of areas. John Wall does score 2 less PPG, however John Wall gets nearly 4 more assists a night, as well as is a much better defender than Curry and is miles more athletic than him as well. Bradley Beal is quite similar to Klay Thompson, a scoring two-guard with a knockdown jumpshot, however Bradley does in fact average more points a night than Thompson. The Wizards also don't have Kevin Durant and Draymond Green on their team, but were still able to lead the Wizards to 49 wins and a 4th seed in the Eastern conference.

The Wizards are the best backcourt in the NBA, and although close to the Warriors, slightly outmatch them defensively and athletically. The Wizards should look to keep both Wall and Beal for the future, as the Wizards could dethrone the Cavaliers in the future with a couple more pieces.

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