Top 5 Backcourts in the NBA This Season
Point guard John Wall, of the Washington Wizards, recently said that there was not another backcourt better, in the NBA, than himself and Bradley Beal. The young duo had quite a year as they advanced into the second round of the playoffs and lost out to the number one seed Indiana Pacers. But how do they really stack up to the other top backcourts in the NBA? Here are my Top 5 NBA backcourts this season.
5. Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe
This is one of the up-and-coming backcourts in the NBA. The Suns’ pickup of Eric Bledsoe payed huge dividends this year as he averaged 17.7 points, 5.5 assists, and 4.7 rebounds per game. He does have trouble taking care of the ball though, as shown by his 1.6 assist to turnover ratio, but his athletic ability makes up for it. Goran Dragic spent time learning under Steve Nash and has now taken over the reigns of the Phoenix Suns. He averaged 20.3 points, which is the third best average of guards in the league, and averaged 5.9 assists. He also shot an impressive 50% from the field. Both Dragic and Bledsoe did not play great defense this year, as the offense they are in is a run-and-gun kind of tempo but offensively, both shined. The Suns went 48-34 this year in a tough Western Conference, missing the playoffs by only one game. This backcourt should be able to take Phoenix into the playoffs next year and definitely down the road if the Suns can pick up some more missing pieces.
4. Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan
Kyle Lowry is developing into one of the league’s top point guards. He scores, takes care of the ball, and even rebounds, averaging 4.7 boards a game. He had the best year of his career this season, putting up 17.9 points a game and averaging 7.4 assists per game. He also had the best assist to turnover ratio out of everyone on this list with a 3.02. DeMar DeRozan also had his best year so far averaging 22.7 points per game. DeRozan is an athletic guard who scores well even though he does not have a strong outside game. He is great at getting to the basket and creating for himself. Both guards played at an all-star level this whole year and as a result, the Toronto Raptors had one of their best season in years.
3. Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili
While this backcourt does not score as much as the rest of the guards on this list, these two players have more experience and a result, play smarter as evidenced by their assist to turnover ratios, Parker at 2.57 and Ginobili at 2.11. The Spurs can credit their recent success over the past few years to these two players, who can score when they need to and distribute to their bigs when they need to. Though both are getting older and have their playing days numbered, they have been one of the best backcourts for years.
2. John Wall and Bradley Beal
The Wizards’ backcourt is the one with the most potential in the NBA right now. John Wall is one of the most talented point guards in the game and had his best year in the league this season averaging 19.3 points and 8.8 assists per game, which was second best in the league behind Chris Paul’s 10.7. He can create for himself and for his teammates and plays great defense, as he averaged 1.82 steals a game. Bradley Beal also had a great year, putting up 17.1 points per game and showed that he is one of the best shooters in the league, shooting 40% from behind the arc. These two guards carried their Wizards to the second round of the playoffs and by how they are both developing, Washington fans can expect even more from their backcourt in the future.
1. Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson
The Golden State “splash brothers” are both deadly from long range and score efficiently. Stephen Curry is one of the most dynamic point guards in the league and can also pass at a high level. He averaged 24 points and 8.5 assists per game this season and shot 42% from behind the arc. Klay Thompson also averaged 18.4 points a game and shot 41% from 3-point range. Golden State’s backcourt is the most important part of their team. They do not get much help from their frontcourt, unlike the Washington Wizards, and these two guards carried the Warriors to a 51-31 record thanks to their great shooting. John Wall and Bradley Beal are right on the heels of Curry and Thompson and will probably be the best backcourt in the future. But as of now, the Golden State Warriors hold the title of the best backcourt in the NBA.
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