NBA free agency deals have changed the lineups of every team and the players are paired up differently. Kawhi Leonard going in the Clippers was one of the last deal and it has made other teams reconsider their choices. One thing that is clear for the next NBA season is that every team is depending on their power duos.
Whether it is the fresh pairing of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, or the old teammates James Harden and Russel Westbrook coming back together, the NBA is full of team-ups now. The Lakers have one of the strongest duos in the form of LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Let us take a look at the main power duos in NBA and how would their next season play out.
Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving
The Brooklyn Nets almost broke the internet when they managed to sign deals with both Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. The two-star players are also good friends in real life and wanted to play together for a long time. Kevin and Kyrie pair looks solid on paper and has made the Nets a contender in the NBA 2020 finals race.
Brooklyn is making a clean sweep tonight: Brooklyn will sign Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and DeAndre Jordan, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 30, 2019
The only problem is that Durant has yet to recover from his injury and it is not sure whether he will be the same caliber player or not. Once Durant is back on the court and joins Irving, the duo can make wonders possible for the Nets team.
LeBron James and Anthony Davis
LeBron James is one of the legendary NBA players whose name alone is enough to strike fear in the opponent team. The Lakers traded everything they could to get Anthony Davis from the Pelicans team during the NBA draft lottery. Finally, the duo of LeBron and Anthony is ready to play and together have the best odds for winning NBA 2020 finals.
The Lakers tried their best to get Kawhi Leonard as their third star, but could not manage a deal. Even without Leonard, the Lakers has a solid chance to win the future titles. Most of the experts say that the James-Davis duo is the most powerful pair up NBA has ever seen and no other teams can beat them.
Kawhi Leonard and George Paul
Kawhi Leonard was aware of the power duos in other teams and hence asked the Clippers to sign a deal with Paul George. Leonard and George are both natives and Los Angeles and know each other for a long time. The team-up has made the LA Clippers as a contender in the race to win the NBA 2020 finals.
Kawhi Leonard and Paul George each made 4 go-ahead field goals in the final 20 seconds, tied for most in the NBA with Trae Young. pic.twitter.com/zlZzKLNQGh
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 6, 2019
Not just that, now the Clippers are on an equal foot with the Lakers and the fans are comparing them. The Lakers vs Clippers battle will depend on how LeBron-Anthony vs Leonard-George plays out. One thing is sure that Kawhi Leonard has the ability to take Clippers to the next NBA finals.
Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson
The Golden State Warriors has been reaching the NBA finals since the last five years due to their solid team depth. Even though Kevin Durant has left the Warriors, they have enough players to be a title contender. Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson are now the main players for the Warriors and they have to prove their worth to everyone.
— Warriors Nation (@WarriorNationCP) July 4, 2019
The Warriors re-signed Thompson for a big sum in hopes that he will replace Durant. It will be hard for the duo, Curry and Thompson have to go through a lot as the opposing teams have gotten stronger. But the Warriors have a team experience with its players which is unparalleled and their power duo can repeat history even in the next NBA season.
James Harden and Russell Westbrook
There is one duo who have not made official yet but have proved that together they are unbeatable. James Harden and Russell Westbrook used to play together for the Oklahoma City Thunder team a few years ago and made it to the finals. The Houston Rockets knows the real value of the duo and are trying hard to sign a deal with Westbrook.
After trading out Paul George to the Clippers, the Thunder team is ready to trade Westbrook too and rebuild a new roster. Given how Chris Paul and Harden are not in good terms, the Rockets badly need a new star. If the deal with Westbrook is somehow managed, then the Houston team can be a contender for the next season. The power duo of Harden and Westbrook have a lot of experience and can repeat the same for the Rockets.