The NBA is a league that is primarily identified through its star power.
Each passing decade can be identified by the icons who dominated the basketball court and became household names throughout the United States.
In the '80s it was Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Isiah Thomas. In the '90s it was Michael Jordan, Hakeem Olajuwon, Karl Malone and Charles Barkley. In the '00s it was Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan, Shaquille O'Neal and Kevin Garnett. Today it's LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Dwight Howard and Chris Paul.
All of these players rightfully deserve the praise and recognition they are given for what they've been able to accomplish on the basketball court.
But what's equally important in the making of a star is the sidekick who teams up with him.
For James it's Dwayne Wade, for Durant it's Russell Westbrook, for Howard it's Kobe Bryant and for Paul it's Blake Griffin.
These are the duos which get the attention of fans and the media, and their popularity is measured by their success.
While it's easy to pinpoint these star duos, it's much harder to identify some of the lesser-covered tandems in the league.
With this in mind, who then are the five most-underrated duos heading into the 2012-13 NBA season?