It can be exciting when two stars join forces, but a pairing of two great players doesn't necessarily mean that success will immediately follow. These five duos are perfect examples.
Basketball isn't won on paper, where big names stand out like sore thumbs and seem to provide a preponderance of evidence in favor of a winning season.
It's played on the court, where chemistry matters and directly affects the result of each and every contest. Remember, there's only one ball in play at a time, and the players must successfully share it in order to win games.
It takes great players and great chemistry to win championships. That's why rings are a team accomplishment. Basketball isn't an individual sport masquerading as a team game, even though the accomplishments of individuals make all the difference.
LeBron James and Dwyane Wade proved this during the 2011-12 season. They weren't good enough to overcome a struggle for dominance in their first season together on the Miami Heat, but they rebounded in championship fashion in their second.
These five duos might wish for a season like the Heat enjoyed under the direction of the league MVP, but they won't be able to replicate that special campaign.