Eric Gordon and Anthony Davis for Hornets: NBA's Next Star Tandem?

Louis GertlerContributor IISeptember 4, 2012

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NBA history is sprinkled with star tandems who have transformed the league and led their teams to glory. 

For example, there was Magic and Kareem in the '80s.

The long-running duo of Stockton and Malone in the late '80s and '90s.

And who can forget Kobe and Shaq of the late '90s and early 2000s?

What did these NBA star tandems have in common?

They featured a transforming guard and a dominating big man who together posed a devastating one-two punch on the court.

Can the Hornets' Eric Gordon and Anthony Davis even approach the rarefied air of these NBA star tandems?

Unfortunately, the answer is complicated.

The talent is certainly there. When healthy, Gordon is one of the most explosive guards in the NBA. And Davis has the tools to be the best all-around big man the league has seen in years.

If both players develop the way that most believe they will, we may be looking at two future superstars.

But there is more to being an elite NBA tandem than just having two highly talented players on a team.

The two stars must also have that most elusive of qualities in the NBA—chemistry.

All of the top tandems in NBA history have worked hand in glove on the court. Even Kobe and Shaq—who could not stand each other personally—were a seamless partnership once the ball was tipped.

On the other hand, there have been many potential star tandems over the years that never clicked for one reason or another. The talented but ill-matched former Hornets duo of Baron Davis and Jamal Mashburn is just one example that springs to mind.  

At this point, we can only guess whether Gordon and Davis will be able to work effectively together on the court; that is, if they can combine their games to become a powerful tandem that strikes fear into the hearts of their opponents.

So, the short answer is that Gordon and Davis certainly have the potential to be the next NBA dynamic duo based on their talent.  But the issue of how they will function together—and within the team as a whole—remains an open question.

At this point, Hornets fans can only feverishly hope that Gordon and Davis will develop the necessary on-court chemistry that will allow them to function as a star tandem.

But only time will tell for certain.