With 15 All-Star appearances between them, do Russell Westbrook and James Harden give the Houston Rockets the best backcourt in the NBA?
The Houston Rockets deal that paired Russell Westbrook with James Harden was only one headline in a summer of huge moves. The 2019 offseason has been one of the most exciting and dynamic summers in recent memory. Not only did reigning Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard head back to the Western Conference after being the world’s greatest one-year rental for the Raptors last season, but other superstars like Kevin Durant and Anthony Davis took their talents to other teams as well.
While certainly being game-changing moves, frontcourt changes such as these around the NBA weren’t the only big moves made that will change the landscape of the league for years to come. Backcourt stars like Kemba Walker, Kyrie Irving, D’Angelo Russell, Chris Paul and Russell Westbrook will all be wearing new uniforms next season.
Ranking the top backcourts in the NBA is extremely tricky this season, as there is so much uncertainty with so many stars pairing up that have been used to their own ways of doing things. There are also other factors to consider, such as the possibility of Frank Vogel starting LeBron James at point guard for the Lakers, however, with nothing set yet, these rankings won’t take that into account.
It’s also important to note a couple of injury considerations regarding some backcourt talent that could have affected this list and possibly future rankings. Washington Wizards guard John Wall, while recently reporting his rehab from a ruptured left Achilles tendon is going well, is still expected to miss all of this season.
San Antonio Spurs’ rising young point guard Dejounte Murray will also be making his return to the Alamo City after missing all of last season with an ACL injury. His return will give them a solid playmaker to put alongside another emerging young guard in Derrick White. Given the potential both have shown in their young careers, they could very well crack the top ten next season if Murray can stay healthy.
For the purpose of this list, we will be using a heavy dose of statistics, a sprinkling of court experience and a dash of future expectations based on past success to predict the top 10 best backcourts in the NBA this season.
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