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Top 10 Back Courts in NBA History

The Top 10 Backcourts in NBA history!
Publish Date: 02/24/2023
Fact checked by: Simon Briffa

Active players are not eligible on this list, but the Warriors backcourt of Curry and Thompson will be at least top 3 when it’s all said and done.

10) Maurice Cheeks and Andrew Toney, Philadelphia 76ers

Toney was one of the most underrated players of the 1980s; a lot of the reason for that was his career being hampered and eventually shortened because of injuries. On the other hand, Cheeks were insanely quick and averaged two steals per game over a decade. They helped lead the 76ers to the 1983 NBA title.

Video: TOP TEN NBA's GREATEST BACKCOURTS - # 6 MAURICE CHEEKS AND ANDREW TONEY

TOP TEN NBA’s GREATEST BACKCOURTS – # 6 MAURICE CHEEKS AND ANDREW TONEY

9) Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher

Kobe was a ball-dominant player, and Fisher was a spot-up shooter, and together the two complimented each other game on leading the Lakers to 5 NBA Titles.

Video: Kobe & Fisher Through the Years

Kobe & Fisher Through the Years

8) Tony Parker and Manu Ginobli, San Antonio Spurs

Parker was not a great shooter, but he was a slasher whose mid-range shot was spot-on. Ginobli could hit from anywhere on the court, and these guys combined were a driving force behind some great Spurs teams.

Video: Tony Parker & Manu Ginobili run the fastbreak clinic!

Tony Parker & Manu Ginobili run the fastbreak clinic!

7) Walt Frazier and Earl Monroe, New York Knicks

Over an illustrious 10-year career in New York, Frazier collected seven All-Star nods, six All-NBA awards, seven All-Defensive teams, and won two championships. Monroe was flashy and effective as these combined to make up one of the most explosive backcourts in the history of the NBA!

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6) KC Jones and Sam Jones, Boston Celtics

How about this for a stat? With these guys in the same backcourt, the Celtics won 8 straight NBA Titles. They had the same last name but were unrelated; they played like twins and always seemed to cooperate in perfect cohesion.

Video: 75 Stories | Sam Jones

75 Stories | Sam Jones

5) Magic Johnson and Michael Cooper, Los Angeles Lakers

Sure Cooper didn’t start many games, but he damn sure finished them. Coop was a great shooter and lockdown defender, and Magic and Coop made Showtime hit on all cylinders. Magic, will he be the most outstanding point guard the world has ever seen? How can he not be in the top 10?

Video: Magic Johnson to Michael Cooper fastbreak Alley-oop

Magic Johnson to Michael Cooper fastbreak Alley-oop

4) Bob Cousy and Bill Sharman, Boston Celtics

21 All-Star nods, 14 All-NBA First Team honours, and ten NBA Championships between the two players. Cousy was the first great point guard in NBA history, and while Sharman has primarily been forgotten, he was a great player and let’s face it, it’s hard to ignore ten championships.

Video: 75 Stories | Bill Sharman

75 Stories | Bill Sharman

3) Michael Jordan and Ron Harper, Chicago Bulls

This was one of the best defensive backcourts in history. Jordan’s other backcourt mates, such as B.J. Armstrong, John Paxson, and Steve Kerr, were mainly spot-up shooters. Harper came to the Bulls as a 20-point-per-game scorer who transformed his game into a lockdown defender, and with this duo in the backcourt, the Bulls won a league record of 73 games.

Video: NBA Legends Explain Why Ron Harper Was Like Jordan

NBA Legends Explain Why Ron Harper Was Like Jordan

2) Jerry West and Gail Goodrich, Los Angeles Lakers

One of the 50 greatest players in NBA history, Jerry West is a 14-time NBA All-Star and one of the best pure scorers ever to play the game. He had a lightning-quick release and deep range, making him virtually unstoppable in one-on-one situations. Goodrich was no slouch, either. The UCLA great was a double-digit scorer every year after his rookie season, and he was excellent as both a facilitator and foul shooter. The duo finally got over the hump in 1972, beating out the New York Knicks in the NBA Finals, with both players averaging 25 points per game throughout the season.

Video: Lakers Nation Best Of: Top 5 Gail Goodrich Moments In Lakers History

Lakers Nation Best Of: Top 5 Gail Goodrich Moments In Lakers History

1) Joe Dumars and Isaiah Thomas, Detroit Pistons

Until Thomas and Dumars led the Pistons to World Championships in 89 and 90, it was assumed that a low post presence was needed to win it all. That changed with Detroit’s bad boys; Thomas and Dumars could do it all. Thomas was one of the most significant point guards in NBA history, and Dumars was a defensive stud who was no slouch on the offensive end of the court either.

Video: Joe Dumars and Isiah Thomas Take Turns Crossing Over Trio of Lakers

Joe Dumars and Isiah Thomas Take Turns Crossing Over Trio of Lakers

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