- David Thorpe, NBA
It is every general manager's dream to field a team flush with "blue-chip" talent, hoping for that magic combination of great chemistry and star players that leads to championship rings. And the NBA is full of amazing combinations of players who put up big numbers for their teams night after night.
Webster's defines dynamic as "marked by usually continuous and productive activity." No duo exemplifies this definition better than the Oklahoma City Thunder's Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant. Both are amazingly productive and competitive scorers.
However, the special teams in the league don't feature duos who are only dynamic, but ones who are also complementary or "mutually supplying each other's lack" or "forming a balanced whole."
General managers have to find starters and reserves that best form their team's balanced whole. And when he finds a special pair of players, the biggest challenge is keeping them together. Think back to the Orlando Magic's Hedo Turkoglu and Dwight Howard or the Dallas Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki and Tyson Chandler. If kept together to develop chemistry with like-minded teammates, these potent duos are the catalysts for success.
Today there are very few of these examples, but here's a look at the five most potent duos in the league:
David Thorpe says potent duos not only make a great combination, but the also make each other and their teammates better.