The 2019-2020 NBA season is currently on suspension due to the coronavirus pandemic worldwide. Before the suspension, a lot of teams had provided so many memorable moments in a lot of games. This season has seen a lot of consistent performances from various star duos from teams in the NBA. Some of these star duos have solely been responsible for their team’s successes and good fortunes this season. As such, these players have cemented their status as some of the best players in the NBA this season.
We countdown four of the best star duos in the NBA this season.
1. James Harden and Russell Westbrook (Houston Rockets)
Until this season, the Houston Rockets had relied solely on star man James Harden for much of their successes. However, the arrival of Point Guard Russell Westbrook from Oklahoma City Thunder last summer has given the Rockets another player who can also make the difference on the court. Harden and Westbrook have been by far the most prolific duo in the NBA this season. Their performances have seen the Rockets occupy 6th on the Western Conference table and first on the Southwest Division log with a 40-24 win-loss record to stay in contention for a place in the playoffs.
This season, Shooting Guard James Harden has averaged 34.4 points per game, 6.4 rebounds per game, 7.4 assists per game, and 4.5 turnovers per game in 61 games. He also tops the chart for the most averaged points per game numbers. In total, Harden has recorded 2096 points, 388 rebounds, 450 assists, and 273 turnovers.
Point Guard Russell Westbrook has also averaged 27.5 points per game, 8.0 rebounds per game, and 7.0 assists per game. He has also averaged 4.5 turnovers per game in 53 games this season. In total, Westbrook has recorded 1456 points, 426 rebounds, 370 assists, and 236 turnovers. A continuation of these incredible performances from this prolific duo after the NBA’s resumption could see the Houston Rockets achieve Championship glory at the end of the season.
2. LeBron James and Anthony Davis (Los Angeles Lakers)
The Los Angeles Lakers have had an excellent season so far. Multiple victories in the NBA has seen the team top the Western Conference and Pacific Division with for several months now to secure their place in the playoffs in the postseason with a 49-14 win-loss record. For the Los Angeles Lakers, their current position wouldn’t have been possible this season without the excellent performances of their two big-name stars LeBron James and Anthony Davis. The two Forwards have been consistent with their brilliance throughout the season.
In his second season with the Los Angeles Lakers, LeBron James has averaged 25.7 points per game, 7.9 rebounds per game, 10.6 assists per game and 4.0 turnovers per game in 60 appearances. LeBron’s numbers for average assists per game is the highest in the NBA this season. In total, LeBron James has recorded 1544 points, 473 rebounds, 636 assists, and 239 turnovers this season.
Anthony Davis, who joined the Los Angeles Lakers last summer from New Orleans Pelicans has also averaged 26.7 points per game, 9.4 rebounds per game, 3.1 assists per game, 1.5 steals per game and 2.4 blocks per game. In total, Anthony Davis has recorded 1467 points, 517 rebounds, 172 assists, 82 steals, and 134 blocks this season.
3. Kawhi Leonard and Paul George (Los Angeles Clippers)
The Los Angeles Clippers are having perhaps their best season in recent years. The Clippers are currently second in both the Western Conference and Pacific Division behind their Los Angeles rivals, the Lakers with a 44-20 win-loss record. Just like their crosstown rivals, the Clippers’ successes this season has been down to the performances of the two big names on the roster. The two men are the big-name acquisitions from last summer’s trade, Small Forward Kawhi Leonard and Shooting Guard Paul George from Toronto Raptors and Oklahoma City Thunder, respectively.
Last season’s NBA finals winner and MVP Kawhi Leonard has enjoyed his first season with the Clippers so far despite some few injury concerns. He has averaged 26.9 points per game, 7.3 rebounds per game, 5.3 assists per game, 2.7 turnovers per game and 1.8 steals per game in 51 games. In total, he has recorded 1370 points, 373 rebounds, 254 assists, 92 steals, and 140 turnovers.
Despite missing the opening eleven games of the season due to injury, Paul George has also been impressive for the Clippers in his first year with them. In 42 appearances this season, Paul George has averaged 21.0 points per game, 5.7 rebounds per game, 3.9 assists per game, and 2.7 turnovers per game. In total, Paul George has recorded 880 points, 241 rebounds, 162 assists, and 113 turnovers.
4. Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum (Portland Trail Blazers)
The Trail Blazers have had an up and down season thus far with inconsistency being their Achilles heel. However, despite their struggles, the Trail Blazers are ninth in the Western Conference and 4th in the Northwest Division with a 29-37 win-loss record and are still in the fight for playoff qualification. The few bright spots for the Trail Blazers this season has been the performances of their dynamic duo Point Guard Damian Lillard and Shooting Guard CJ McCollum. The two men have been integral in most of the Trail Blazers’ wins this season.
This season, Damian Lillard has averaged 28.9 points per game, 4.3 rebounds per game, 7.8 assists per game, and 2.9 turnovers per game in 58 games. In total, Lillard has recorded 1677 points, 250 rebounds, 453 assists, and 168 turnovers.
CJ McCollum has also averaged 22.5 points per game, 4.1 rebounds per game, 4.3 assists per game and 1.9 turnovers per game in 62 appearances this season. In total, he has recorded 1395 points, 254 rebounds, 268 assists, and 116 turnovers.
Moving forward, these two men could guarantee that the Trail Blazers end the season on a high note.