- Kevin Pelton
With apologies to the Miami Heat's Big Three, success in the NBA postseason has always been most strongly defined by dynamic duos -- teammates who feed off each other and dominate opponents. Now that starting forward Serge Ibaka is out for their series with the San Antonio Spurs, and probably the remainder of the postseason, the Oklahoma City Thunder will have to rely on the NBA's best pairing to advance to the NBA Finals.
You may remember Collison, the Thunder's anonymous third big man who averaged 4.2 points per game this season, from my team of real plus-minus All-Stars. Or, before that, as the face of Per Diem predecessor John Hollinger's list of "No-Stats All-Stars."
Many would be quick to name Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook the Thunder's one-two punch, but Kevin Pelton explains the dynamic duo is truly KD and Nick Collison.