Wing Duos Could Give LeBron James And Dwyane Wade A Run For Their Money
6 Wing Duos Who Could Give LeBron James And Dwyane Wade A Run
"I mean, as a kid, I never thought the [Chicago] Bulls would break up,” LeBron James told ESPN. “Never. If you'd of told me as a kid that [Michael] Jordan and [Scottie] Pippen wouldn't play together for the rest of their lives, I'd have looked at you crazy. And Phil Jackson wouldn't be the coach? I'd have looked at you crazy.”
“But sometimes the nature of the business doesn't allow things to happen like you would want them to. But we'll see."
I would never go as far as comparing James and Dwyane Wade to Jordan and Pippen but the Miami Heat’s future Hall of Famers are arguably the greatest, current, one-two punch in the game, even when Wade isn’t fully healthy. Just reference the last two titles.
That’s the main reason Pat Riley would do anything to keep his two stars together. Especially if losing weight and training with Tim Grover could ease the pressure on Wade’s knees. Flash and the Chosen One would have a pretty deep reign.
The problem is that the NBA has a group of wing duos aiming for the crown. Some of them might actually be capable of pulling it off.
In this league, the organizations that win, win as a team. But on any given night, there are players that can line the Heat stars up for a stretch and make a run for the throne. But this isn’t about the top teams, only the top wing duos.
I could probably give you a list of 10-plus twosomes but I'll keep it short in the next few slides.
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The Newcomers Pt. 1
Dwight Howard may be the new guy in town, but the combination of James Harden and a surprisingly good Chandler Parsons averaged 44.5 points per game for the Houston Rockets.
The Newcomers Pt. 2
George’s emergence as a two-way star and Stephenson’s ability to not play as reckless made Danny Granger almost expendable.
The Old Guard
The old Boston Celtics crew (Paul Pierce and Joe Johnson) came back together to pull the Brooklyn Nets pass the Miami Heat, but for some reason they seem more focused on an interstate rivalry with the New York Knicks.
"Everybody knows how much I disliked the Knicks when I was with the Celtics, but I think it's grown to another level," Pierce said on ESPN Radio. "I think it's time for the Nets to start running this city."
The Splash Brothers
"In my opinion, they're the greatest shooting backcourt in the history of the game," Mark Jackson said of his Golden State Warriors guards.
Although Stephen Curry is technically a point guard, he often moved to shooting, last season, as Klay Thompson played small forward and Jarrett Jack ran the point.
We’ll have to wait and see if they see as much time playing on the wings with the addition of Andre Iguodala.
Madison Avenue Mayhem
I hate to say it but the New York Knicks may have the most potent scoring wing-duo in the league.
When the NBA’s scoring champ Carmelo Anthony (28.8 PPG) teams with the reigning Sixth Man of the Year (J.R. Smith) there aren’t too many tandems that can hang with them.
Now to just get the marijuana out of Smith’s mouth and get his red head on the court.
Everyone knows that Kevin Durant is a scoring machine. He’s automatic. When you pair him with Russell Westbrook’s 24 points per game, you have to put them the closest to the throne.
Yes, Russ is listed as a point guard but he’s a slashing wing to the core. That’s why the Oklahoma City Thunder slid him there when he had James Harden and Derek Fisher.