Ranking all the starting backcourts in the NBA

James Harden will be paired with Russell Westbrook in the Rockets backcourt. [Image Source: Flickr | Kretzchke93]
James Harden will be paired with Russell Westbrook in the Rockets backcourt. [Image Source: Flickr | Kretzchke93]

Russell Westbrook and James Harden lead the way as they man Houston’s starting backcourt.

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Earlier, in the offseason, the Rockets pulled off a mammoth trade, acquiring star point guard Russell Westbrook from the Thunder. That gives them one of the most dynamic backcourts in league history as Westbrook joins James Harden.

How about the other 29 starting backcourts? Here is a ranking for all of them from 1-30. Remember as a subjective list, it is likely that you won’t agree with all of it.

While depth charts from RotoWorld, RealGM, and ESPN were used, they didn’t always all agree as to what each team’s starting backcourt would be. In those instances, I gave my best guess.

1

Rockets - Russell Westbrook/James Harden

Two of the last three MVPs makes this backcourt the choice to lead the way. Harden has led the league in scoring the past two seasons, and Westbrook has averaged a triple-double in three straight years .

2

Warriors - Stephen Curry/Klay Thompson (D’Angelo Russell while Thompson is out)

Curry, a two-time MVP, was named to the All-NBA First Team in 2018-19. Thompson could be out, until around the All-Star break, recovering from a torn ACL, but the team won’t suffer too much as Russell is coming off an All-Star season with the Nets.

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