As the days of the do-it-yourself superstar seem to fade, the latest NBA hot topic turns to the league’s duos. But with so many teams now having not one but two superstars, Who is truly the dynamic duo of the League?
First off, what exactly makes a dynamic duo?
Let me start by saying there’s a huge difference between having a two-superstar team and having a duo. What we are looking at today is which pair of players has the largest impact on their team and their ability to win, especially in the playoffs.
Some points we will consider, are stats together vs separately, media/social interactions, and overall team impact. We will examine 3 popular duos and find out if they are truly dynamic.
1. Kyrie Irving & Kevin Durant
Okay, they obviously haven’t played together much this year but we can’t just leave them off this list. As most of us know, due to recent media concerns Kyrie and KD have only played a total of 2 games together so far this season. If we look back at his career, Kyrie has played a total of 58 games with KD averaging 25.7 pts, 5 assists, and 4.3 rebounds a game.
Now it is true that these numbers are better than his career averages, but in my opinion, these two lack the chemistry that’s truly needed to be considered a dynamic duo.
When all of the Kyrie craziness arose, KD had plenty of chances to take a stand for his teammate. Even though KD most likely didn’t see eye to eye with this issue, I still feel like he could’ve done more to support his teammate. In my opinion these two lack the chemistry needed to be dynamic, on and off the court.
With the Nets sitting at 11-11 at the time of writing, KD is having far from a lackluster season averaging 30 PPG, 6.6 RPG, and 5.4 APG. This 500 record gives the team plenty of upsides to improve once Kyrie is back in his groove. This is one we may have to reevaluate towards the all-star break but for now, I will say this duo is not dynamic.
2. Trae Young and Dejounte Murray
Some people may have not been expecting this pick but I actually LOVE this pairing in Atlanta.
When it comes to scoring the basketball this could be my number-one pick for the East Coast duos. Both Murray and Young have seen an increase in FG and 3pt attempts and in their shooting percentages, even with Young having a shakey start to the season.
What I really like about this duo is their ability to adapt.
Young is still adjusting to not being the sole star of the show and he’s doing a fine job of it. Trey is putting up almost double the amount of catch-and-shoot shots as last year even if he was struggling to hit them the first hand full of games. Also even with another, all-star level guard on the floor, Young’s shot volume is staying steady from last year.
Murray is also seeing an increase in his stat line attempting almost an extra (3) three-point shots per game!
Having another scorer and halfway decent perimeter defender around Trey is crucial for the Hawks’ success, even with these two being the only first-year duo on the list I really love this pair. It will take a few more weeks for this duo to fully adjust to playing with one another and build out their chemistry but given the early success, I think this dynamic duo has the highest upside potential on the list.
3. Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown
Sure maybe I’m biased being a lifelong Boston fan, but with the start, the C’s have had it’s pretty undeniable that the boys in Boston are easily the most dynamic duo in the East.
Stats aside let’s just talk about gameplay and chemistry. These two have the one thing the first-time duos lack, chemistry and willingness to step aside for one another. Even with JT playing at an MVP caliber, he is still willing to do the small things to make Brown and his team successful. From the off-ball flare screens, the backdoor cuts and simply stepping out of the way, the chemistry from these two radiates.
They also are the most well-rounded pair on the list, even with the Celtics leading the league in offensive efficiency both of these guys are picking up on both ends of the floor.
Now let’s look at some stats
While both are on the floor the pair is averaging about 28 PPG, 7 RPG, and 4 APG. So far this season this duo is shooting 50% from the field and 35% from 3 while playing together, making them the most efficient duo on the list.
I’m sure some of this momentum has run over from last season but the Celtics are well on pace to shatter loads of offensive records this season and make a real run for the chip. Skill obviously plays a huge part in this team’s success, but I truly believe the difference maker is the chemistry of this duo and team. Joe Mazzulla is not playing a stop-and-go offense, he is letting these two play in the flow of the game and utilize their elite situational awareness and basketball IQ.
The chemistry of this team is so strong they are able to make the extra pass before defenses can even think of rotating!
Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown are the definitions of a dynamic duo and that’s why they are my number-one pick for the league’s best pair.
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