John Wall and Brad Beal or Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry? Which is the best young backcourt in the NBA?
It’s not premature to put Wall and Beal in this discussion because they’ve only played in two playoff games. Wall (23) and Beal (turns 21 in June) have looked tremendous against a strong Bulls defense, and it’s already tantalizing to think about how they’ll fare against the Pacers in the next round, assuming both teams can advance.
My nod still goes to Curry (26 years old) and Thompson (24), but they’ve been together for several years, have won a postseason series and have built up excellent chemistry. What’s the cutoff for ‘young’ anyway? For this argument, I used 27 (Rondo is 28). A guy like Rondo has been in the league eight seasons, it’s tough to still think of him as ‘young.’ Other backcourts that warrant consideration:
* Kyrie Irving (22) and Dion Waiters (22). Though they’ve had their problems and the team remains terrible, the immense talent is obvious.
* Eric Bledsoe (24) and Goran Dragic (27). Dragic turns 28 in a couple weeks, but based on last season, this duo is definitely in the discussion.
* Wesley Matthews (27) and Damian Lillard (23). Between the D of Matthews and the clutch offense of Lillard, do they deserve No. 1 consideration?
* Trey Burke (21) and Gordon Hayward (24). Honorable mention. Check back next year.