Even devout Laker-haters can't help imagining the brilliant basketball possibilities of Steve Nash and Kobe Bryant in the L.A. backcourt. It's a little premature to put Nash and Bryant into the conversation of best guard duos of all time, but we'll start the chatter with our list of the top 10 combinations of all time.
The goal is to rank the most effective and electric pairings of a fairly traditional point guard and shooting guard.
A classic point whose main partner in crime was a forward or center won't make the list (see Nate Archibald and Oscar Robertson, among others), nor will a supreme shooting guard whose offense wasn't keyed by a point guard (see Michael Jordan with Scottie Pippen as the Bulls' primary assist man). Nor will LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, even if at times they are a de facto point guard and shooting guard team.
Two extremely talented, smart, competitive, experienced/aging guards don't automatically create a superior backcourt combination. But if Nash and Bryant pull it off, it will be irresistible for NBA fans and irrepressible for NBA defenses. Until then, these are the top 10 guard duos in NBA history.
At least until you say otherwise in the comments below.
Thanks to basketball-reference.com for the stats.