7 Most Dynamic Frontcourt Duos in the NBA

Trevor LowryContributor IFebruary 27, 2012

7 Most Dynamic Frontcourt Duos in the NBA

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    Take a look at many successful teams in the NBA and you will find a common trend. Although there may be many factors that great NBA teams have in common, the one I am speaking of is a team's frontcourt.

    To be even more precise, a team's frontcourt duos.

    Frontcourt is a term in basketball that can be defined as any player who is associated with the power forward position, small forward position or center. Put those three together and you will have the makings of a frontcourt.

    For the purposes of this article, we will not look at all three positions that make up a frontcourt, but instead just the most dynamic frontcourt duos.

    Also, keep in mind that this is for this season.

    Read on and enjoy.

Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, Los Angeles Clippers

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    Chris Paul was a huge reason why "Lob City" was created, but without Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, this would not have been possible.

    Griffin may get all the hype, but the other part of this duo should be getting some press as well.

    Jordan is two points and one rebound shy of averaging a double-double.  

    It doesn't matter what side of the ball the Clippers are on—there is no team that would want to go up against these two.

    The greatest thing about this duo is how young Griffin and Jordan are. With some more playing time together, who knows how good this frontcourt tandem will be?

Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah, Chicago Bulls

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    Joakim Noah's hustle combined with Carlos Boozer's talent makes for a deadly weapon. Noah is by far the best defender on the Chicago Bulls, and Boozer is their second-highest scorer.

    What Noah lacks in offense, Boozer makes up for, and vice versa.

    These players complement each other so well with their different styles of play. Whether on defense or offense, this duo brings a variety of assets to the table.

LeBron James and Chris Bosh, Miami Heat

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    Miami may be famous for its "Big 3," but it is also known for having one of the best frontcourt duos in the NBA in LeBron James and Chris Bosh.

    Together James and Bosh average 45.8 points per game. Not too shabby by anyone's standards.

    In just one season, these two were able to lead their team all the way to the NBA Finals. That may have been last year, and Dwyane Wade was, of course, in the picture, but that's beside the point.

    James and Bosh are completely in sync on offense—just ask their opponents, whom the Heat are scoring 103.7 points per game against. Not to throw out any numbers or anything, but that is kind of the most points a game in the league.

Al Horford and Josh Smith, Atlanta Hawks

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    Josh Smith's name may come up in trade rumors every second, but he is still one of the most complete players in the entire NBA.

    But enough with that, as Al Horford and Smith are a very talented duo.

    Horford is not the typical post-up type of center; in fact, he is actually really athletic. With this athleticism, Horford can knock down shots that most centers can't. Mix this with Smith's great shooting, rebounding and passing ability and you have one of the best duos in the game—for the frontcourt, that is.

    Smith's name may come up a lot, but Horford's should be included just as much.

    Offense. Defense. It doesn't matter. These two are their opponent's worst nightmares.

Amar'e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks

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    Amar'e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony were impossible to stop when they didn't play on the same team.

    I am still a huge believer in the New York Knicks, and thanks to some Jeremy Lin magic, more and more people are starting to believe in New York as well.

    Both Stoudemire and Anthony are still in their prime. They know how to put the basketball in the hoop, and believe me, they do it very well.

    This duo is talented enough to be the best in the league, but only time will tell if they live up to their hype together.

Dwight Howard and Ryan Anderson, Orlando Magic

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    Most people can make a great case that Dwight Howard and Hedo Turkoglu would be a more proper frontcourt duo, but like I mentioned in the opening slide, these duos are based on this season, and let's face it—Ryan Anderson and Howard are tearing it up this year.

    The more threes that Anderson makes, the more attention that is taken off Howard.

    In Howard's career, he has been double-covered too many times to count. Heck, there are times where I have seen three people trying to stop him. The point is, Anderson's hot hand this season has taken pressure off Howard and has given the Orlando offense a second big-time threat.

    Besides Anderson's great shooting, he is capable of driving to the hoop, and he isn't too bad on defense either.

    We all know Howard is good on defense, and his 20.1 points per game go under the radar for some odd reason. Whether the case, Howard and Anderson make up a great frontcourt duo.

Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum, Los Angeles Lakers

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    Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum are the Lakers version of the "Twin Towers." Both are seven-footers, and both are absolute beasts on the boards. Their defense may not be as good as the original Twin Towers, but they can certainly fend for themselves in that department.

    Bynum is finally healthy this season, and he has paired up with Gasol very nicely so far this year. They have, of course, played together before, but Bynum has not looked this good in a long time.

    As long as the Lakers don't trade away Gasol, they will have one of the best frontcourt duos for years to come.

     

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