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The list continues of young duos ready to lead the NBA into the next phase. With almost half the teams showcasing their star tandems, there will be no shortage of players ready to take the mantle. Here’s a look at the rest of the dynamic duos:
Devin Booker, Shooting Guard (23) and Deandre Ayton, Center (22) of the Phoenix Suns have their fans giddy about the future. Booker is a scoring machine who’s offense is ever expanding. Ayton is a potential walking double-double and throwback post player. The franchise got it right with these two: now can they see it through?
D’Angelo Russell, Guard (24) and Karl-Anthony Towns, Center (24) of the Minnesota Timberwolves look to bring the franchise out of the ashes. Russell is a combo guard with a myriad of skills at his disposal. Towns can equally affect the game on both sides, which makes him a valuable commodity. Both players give the Timberwolves a chance to right the ship.
Ben Simmons, Point Guard/Power Forward (24) and Joel Embiid, Center (26) of the Philadelphia 76ers have put the city on their shoulders to bring the franchise a championship. Simmons is a gifted playmaker and matchup nightmare due to his size and ball handling skills. Embiid is a problem in the post to handle and can step out to the three point line. The pressure is on to deliver what the fans expect.
Jamal Murray, Point Guard (23) and Nikola Jokic, Center (25) of the Denver Nuggets are promising players exceeding expectations. Murray is rounding into an efficient performer with room for growth. Jokic regularly flirts with a triple double with no flash or fanfare. These two have the Nuggets (with plenty of help) on the cusp of making championship runs.
Ja Morant, Point Guard (21) and Jaren Jackson Jr., Power Forward (20) of the Memphis Grizzlies have this franchise ahead of schedule (in playoff contention already). Morant, a rookie, has electrified the league and fan base with his outstanding play. Jackson is just hitting the tip of the iceberg with many skills in his tool box. This group just needs time to build chemistry. Then? Watch out.
Brandon Ingram, Small Forward (22) and Zion Williamson, Power Forward (20) of the New Orleans Pelicans have fans thinking about the possibilities moving forward. Ingram has shone with his new found freedom, becoming a lethal scorer. Williamson, carrying the weight of the franchise and expectations, has not disappointed and is showing great flashes. Both players must avoid becoming “injury prone” and lead this team to new heights.