The five best backcourt duos since 2000, including Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson

The NBA has seen many talented point guards and shooting guards in the history of the league, but rarely together. Here, we take a look at the best five backcourt partnerships.

It's not always common to have a superstar duo at both guard positions, with only a handful of teams able to boast of a world class partnership in the backcourt.

Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili - San Antonio Spurs

Tony Parker And Manu Ginobili

Both of these guys helped make the San Antonio Spurs a dynasty during the 2000s, as they formed a formidable scoring duo out of the backcourt to team up with Tim Duncan.

Both of them ended up winning four championships together, as Ginobili's ability to turn it up at any second either off the bench or in a starting role really opened up the floor for Duncan to operate inside.

Parker's ability to score inside and push the pace also helped keep the ball moving in that dynamic offense.

Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson - Golden State Warriors

Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson

This is easily the most accomplished backcourt duo of all time, at least in a short-term perspective, as this duo helped the Golden State Warriors win a championship back in 2015 and earn the best record in the history of the NBA in 2016, as they finished 73-9.

They did that all without Kevin Durant but went on to win two more championships together when Durant joined. With both Steph and Klay able to hit the three at historically high levels, there was just no stopping the Warriors.

James Harden and Chris Paul - Houston Rockets

James Harden and Chris Paul

These two were flat-out unstoppable during their run with the Houston Rockets, as they led the team to a 65-17 record during the 2017/18 season.

However, they came up just short of the NBA Finals that season and Chris Paul hurt his hamstring before Game 6 of that series, so the Rockets ended up blowing a 3-2 lead.

These two guys teamed up for just two seasons together, but when they were teammates, they blended perfectly with James Harden's ability to score and CP3's willingness to be a playmaker and defender.

James Harden and Kyrie Irving - Brooklyn Nets

James Harden and Kyrie Irving

These two played just 35 games together across two seasons, but when they were teammates, they were so unstoppable to defend even when Kevin Durant was out of the picture.

Both took turns to score the ball while James Harden embraced the role of being a playmaker while continuing to pick his spots as a scorer, whereas Kyrie Irving went on to average nearly 27 points per game on 50/40/90 shooting splits.

If these two players had more time together, and if injuries didn't get in their way in the 2021 playoffs, they could've very well established themselves as the best backcourt duo of all time.

Jason Kidd and Vince Carter - New Jersey Nets

Vince Carter, New Jersey Nets

If these two guys had a big man, they would've easily won a championship together during their time with the New Jersey Nets. Vince Carter's pure athleticism meshed very well with Jason Kidd's court vision, as all Vince had to worry about was cutting to the rim off the ball, and Kidd would find him.

Kidd would also set Carter up for some great looks from behind the arc. J-Kidd and VC became the first pair of teammates to register a triple-double in a game since Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen.

When Carter first came to New Jersey, he was arguably the best player in the league, as he averaged 27.5 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 4.7 assists per game in his first 57 games with them.

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