Anyone watching the 2017 NBA Playoff’s can see that the Golden State Warriors are dominating the court. So far they have won both Game 1 and Game 2 of the Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant have taken over the court commandingly. They have been able to not only each score 30 plus each but both are averaging 10 rebounds and assists! There is no question that together the both of them have been an amazing asset for the team as a dominating force. Experts are now saying they are the best duo to play together as teammates since the 70’s. What makes them most impressive is that both players are still under 30 allowing them to continue this winning streak for several years if they continue playing at this level. Looking back in NBA history, can Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant really stand up to the great duo’s of the past?
1991-1998. Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippin of the Chicago Bulls won 6 out of 8 championships against 5 different West Conference teams.
2000-2002. Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant of the LA Lakers were able to to win three consecutive championships.
1979-1989. Magic Johnson and Kareem-Abdul Jabbar of the LA Lakers teamed up to win 5 championships and reached the finals 8 out of 10 times in the 80’s.
1985-2003. John Stockton and Karl Malone of the Utah Jazz spent 18 seasons executing there signature pick and roll. Every year they played together they made the play-offs but they always faced Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippin of the Bulls and despite there great dynamic duo it was not enough to overcome the Bulls.
Could Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant have stood a chance up against these NBA greats? Are they good enough to be added to this list of great players? What do you think?