2012 NBA Free Agency has created plenty of new rosters and intrigue, but none more exciting than the fresh backcourts of the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers.
So, which pair would you rather have: Joe Johnson and Deron Williams for the Nets, or Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash for the Lakers?
NBA Featured Columnist Joel C. Cordes and NBA Assistant Editor Ethan Norof debate the pros and cons of the NBA’s newest star-guard pairings.
Bryant and Nash have the experience, but Williams and Johnson are much more physically imposing.
The Lakers’ duo was better in every major category except steals last year, yet the Nets' pairing doesn’t have the mileage or health risks.
One can expect Brooklyn’s backcourt stats to jump significantly, now that both players have a real roster around them and compatible games. On the other hand, Kobe and Nash have been Hall of Famers while NEVER yet playing with a star guard partner.
There’s no questioning that Kobe Bryant is better than Joe Johnson, yet the Nets' swingman is no slouch in any facet of the game—including defense. How much does Kobe’s advantage make up for Steve Nash’s problems with Deron Williams?
Nash will be phenomenal now that he’s protected by Kobe, Metta World Peace, Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum, but his defensive shortcomings will be more than magnified by an overpowering two-way player like D-Will.
It’s a fun debate that we can’t wait to see settled on the court.
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