In and Insider article, Mark Stein posted his top five potent duos in the NBA. There are the ones that you might expect. Dwyane Wade and LeBron James lesd the list. He lists Dwight Howard with any one of 3 other Lakers (Kobe, Nash, or Gasol) as his second choice. Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili are the third, which kind of surprised me. Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah came in 4th. And in 5th, he listed Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. Here is what he had to say about this Celtic duo.
5. Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett
This might surprise you, but these guys have complemented each other more over the past five seasons than any of the previously mentioned tandems. In the past, Pierce has been the cold-blooded scorer while Garnett was the monster defender and uber-competitor.
But over the past few seasons their roles have changed, in part because of what they do for each other. Garnett was dominant through much of the playoffs last season, fiercely demanding the ball in the paint and then finishing the job. But Pierce has learned to be a fierce fighter on defense and hits the glass when his team needs a jolt of extra energy and lift. Each can still do what they have always done, but the years of playing together has helped each other develop new skills and make their tandem far more formidable than it was when they first joined forces.
Nice to see The Captain and KG getting some respect. It's much deserved.