Where Do LeBron James, Dwyane Wade Rank Amongst the Best NBA Duos of the Last Decade?
Where Do James and Wade Rank Among the Best NBA Duos of the Decade?
When LeBron James decided to leave the city of Cleveland to join his best bud (Dwayne Wade) down in South Beach, they soon became an NBA duo for the ages. Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Larry Bird and Kevin McHale, and Scottie Pippen and Michael Jordan all have something in common: they were all great players who made each other better. And when James put on that Heat jersey for the very first time, he and Wade joined that elite group of Hall of Famers who will be remembered forever.
Most tandems are measured by how many championships they covet, but as these players will tell you, it's not all about the wins. It's about the relationships you develop and the experiences you share. Through the highs and the lows, these players were there for each other and know what it takes to sacrifice everything to be on top. They know what it takes to make it to the big game, only to lose it all at the hands of your opponent. And it's nice to have a brother by your side to share that heartache.
When it comes down to it, you are not remembered for how many games you won or how many points you scored, but for the trophies you garnered and for the one's who shared that triumph. This is a list of the top five NBA duos of the last decade, and you'll know why.
No. 5: Steve Nash and Amar'e Stoudemire
Our first tandem begins with the two-time NBA MVP in Steve Nash and the fantastic Amar'e Stoudemire. These two made it to the Western Conference Finals with their Phoenix Suns in the 2009-10 playoffs, but they lost to the eventual champion Los Angeles Lakers. During their six seasons together, Amar'e averaged almost 21 points and a little over eight rebounds per game. Nash snagged up one solo MVP and another the following season with Stoudemire's arrival in the league, as he posted a monumental 10.9 assists per game when these two hooked up on the court. They are probably two of the most underachieving duos on this list, as they never made an NBA Finals appearance, but they definitely gave us some tremendous alley-oops to remember.
No. 4: Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce
Pretty much the face of the Boston Celtics franchise for the past 15 years, Paul Pierce and his partner in crime Kevin Garnett, dominated the Eastern Conference for well over the six seasons that they spent together. Making it to two NBA Finals and walking away with a single title, these two showed team camaraderie like no one else. Some may attribute their success to the addition of Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo, but these two are the original bad boys of Boston, and they led their Celtics to victory.
No. 3: Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol
Truly, one of these players could hold a position on this list all by himself. Five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant needs no introduction, as he is one of the best players to ever play the game. But as he will tell you, he could not of done it alone, and Pau Gasol played a major role in helping him win back-to-back tiitles with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2008-09 and 2009-10. In the Lakers' two championship runs, Pau averaged a double-double in each one of those playoffs. Kobe being Kobe, averaged almost 30 points in each both of their runs as well, staking his place amongst the elite. These two are a magnificent tandem,' and continue to be a force for the "Lake Show."
No. 2: LeBron James and Dwayne Wade
We've finally reached our most modern duo on the list in LeBron James and Dwayne Wade. These two pals have combined for three championships to accompany three Finals MVPs in their time with the Miami Heat. Although Wade does covet two of those trophies on his own, he and James have made it to the NBA Finals three consecutive years. The two also achieved a gold medal together in the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympic Games. These guys are probably the most intriguing of all our duos considering they are both at the height of their careers, and the possibilities of where they can go from here are endless.
No. 1: Tony Parker and Tim Duncan
The number one tandem of the last decade should come as no surprise to anyone considering these two pretty much laid down the forefront for what it means to be a duo. Tony Parker and Tim Duncan have spent 12 seasons together with the San Antonio Spurs, and in that time, they have reached the Finals on four different occasions, walking away with three titles. They are definitely the most consistent of our group of duos in that no matter how much older they get, they still continue to produce the same sort of statistics that have helped them distinguish themselves as elite. As next season will be Duncan's 17th, it seems as though it's just a matter of time before we close the book on the best duo of the last decade.