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The NBA’s Best Duo in 2020: LeBron James and Anthony Davis


LeBron James and Anthony Davis are the NBA’s best Duo. Period.



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What the Lakers have been able to do with LeBron James and Anthony Davis has been nothing short of amazing. With this disastrous duo wreaking havoc across the league, the Lakers were able to practically secure the number one seed in the Western Conference heading into the NBA restart. Coming into this season, everyone expected the Lakers to dominate, but they weren’t the only team expected to do so. After this offseason, so many organizations looked stacked with star players and big contracts. So many, that there wasn’t a clear favorite to win it all.

Paul George joined Kawhi Leonard to create a contender for the “little brother” Los Angeles Clippers. Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving joined forces also for the “little brother” Brooklyn Nets. The Rockets traded Chris Paul to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Russell Westbrook to pair him with James Harden. Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis would have a full season together for the Mavericks. Kemba Walker took his talents to Boston to join young Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, and a healed Gordon Hayward.

With less than eight games remaining in the NBA regular season, we can now look at how things worked out for these dynamic duos. We can also determine which of them is the best. And out of all of the big moves and newly assembled dynamic duos, the Lakers duo of LeBron James and Anthony Davis is the best in the league by far. No other pair in the NBA is even close.


To validate this statement, we are going to take a look at all of the dynamic duos in the NBA and compare them to Anthony Davis and LeBron James this season.


To start, let’s take a look at the in-town rivals, the Los Angeles Clippers. With the signing of Kawhi Leonard and the trade for Paul George, the Clippers became a championship contender overnight. They’ve lived up to the hype by grasping the second seed in the West. Who are they second to in those standings? The Lakers. The Clippers rank fourth in defense.


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Who is above them? The Milwaukee Bucks, the Toronto Raptors, and, you guessed it, the Los Angeles Lakers. It can be argued that this has nothing to do with the duos themselves, but that argument would be 100% wrong. Although basketball is a team game, Anthony Davis will be the NBA Defensive Player of the Year. And without him and LeBron anchoring the defense, the Lakers are nowhere near where they’re at now.

Next, we can stay in the Western Conference and look at the Beard and Brodie for the Rockets, James Harden, and Russell Westbrook. While Harden is having a historic season, it hasn’t translated into wins for his team. LeBron, on the other hand, is having a landmark season himself. For the first time in his career (in year 17), LeBron James leads the league in assists. No excuse.

On top of that, Harden has a former MVP and NBA triple-double record holder in Russell Westbrook, while Anthony Davis has yet to win an MVP award. And the Lakers still have a better record and higher odds to win despite all of that. There are no other reasons why the Lakers fared better than the Rockets this season other than the fact that the dynamic duo of LeBron James and Anthony Davis is the better of the two.

Let’s now look at the Milwaukee Bucks and their dynamic duo of Giannis Antetokoumnpo and Khris Middleton. Just like LeBron, Giannis is an MVP favorite, and his partner in crime Middleton was an All-Star this season. He’s led the Bucks to the best record in the entire league. But who has the superior offensive rating? The Lakers. Who has the highest field goal percentage in the whole league? The Lakers. The Bucks are ranked 23rd in the league in rebounds allowed; the Lakers are 1st. The Lakers have an edge that most people fail to realize, and that is because of the leadership of LeBron James and Anthony Davis.

Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis? Not even close. The Mavs may rank 1st league-wide in offensive rating, but they have the 16th best defense compared to the Lakers having the 3rd ranked defense. The Lakers’ defensive identity is primarily thanks to Anthony Davis, and as the old saying goes, defense wins championships. On top of that, LeBron has a higher defensive rating than Luka. What more needs to be said?


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Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum have proven to be a lethal duo offensively, but it hasn’t translated into wins this season. They currently sit at 30-37 in the ninth seed, two games back from eighth-seeded Memphis. Portland has problems on the defensive end, and it’s mainly due to their star’s inability to play suffocating defense at all times. LeBron and AD can lock down opponents defensively while still making them pay on the offensive end. This is another reason they’re superior over the rest of the league’s dynamic duos.

The Brooklyn Nets’ dynamic duo of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving has yet to be tested due to the Achilles injury Durant suffered in the NBA Finals last season. John Wall has been injured for the past two years, so we have yet to see how the duo of LeBron and AD would fare against Wall and Bradley Beal.

Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid shouldn’t even be in the conversation to be considered a dynamic duo. They’re two puzzle pieces that complete two different puzzles. They just aren’t meant to be. Both players have had great seasons, but they aren’t winning, and that’s the problem. The Lakers are winning. Anthony Davis and LeBron are having record seasons, and have locked up their playoff spot, while the Sixers are trying to find themselves in these remaining eight games.


And that’s how the duo of LeBron James and Anthony Davis fare against the entire league’s premier dynamic duos. No matter what duo you throw in the face of LeBron and AD, they outshine them in a clear, relevant fashion. These two are by far the best duo in the league, end of conversation.


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