Throughout the history of the NBA, there have been multiple superstar duos that have dominated the league. Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen, Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal and Larry Bird and Kevin McHale are just a few of the many elite duos.
What would happen if some of the more recent duos that broke up decided to make a comeback? There have been a lot of impressive one-two punches that, if reunited, could help put their current teams over the top.
These are five reunion tours that need to happen next season.
The Orlando Magic duo helped lead the franchise to their second NBA Finals appearance in 2008-09, and first since the 1994-95 season. Dwight Howard and Jameer Nelson changed the culture in Orlando, winning 371 games together, including back-to-back 59-win seasons.
Dwight Howard has fallen off a bit this season due to offseason back surgery, but Jameer has had one of the best years of his career. Averaging a career-high in rebounds, assists and steals, Nelson is the leader in Orlando. While he does not have the talent to put the team over the top, Nelson is a bulldog of a guard who thrived playing next to Dwight.
Fortunately, for those hoping to witness this pairing again, both players could change teams next season. While they might not end up together, it certainly would bring back fond memories of the explosive duo in Jamlando.
Together they made an NBA Finals appearance in Cleveland, and frustrated opponents nightly on both sides of the floor. Anderson Varejao is definitely one of the peskiest players in the entire league. He is always in the right spot to grab a defensive rebound, makes defenders wary of his tip-ins on the offensive glass and is an expert defender.
Not much needs to be said about LeBron James. He is simply amazing in all aspects of the game. King James can virtually carry a team to the Finals. However, even a king needs a sheriff to clean up the dirty work, especially if he wants to be legendary.
The one thing the Miami Heat is missing is a player who is scrappy, hustles and rebounds like Varejao. They might not be the most exciting duo on their own team, but they sure would be fun to watch again.
For a three year stretch in the mid 2000’s, Jason Kidd teamed with Vince Carter and helped lead the New Jersey Nets to back-to-back trips to the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
It was a match made in Heaven, as one of the greatest point guards ever assisted one of the league’s all-time-great dunkers. While they are certainly shells of themselves presently, they both still play vital roles for each of their teams.
Kidd’s numbers have dipped significantly over the past few seasons, but his defense and court awareness are still solid enough for him to start for the New York Knicks.
Meanwhile, Vince is having a very nice season in Dallas. His three-point shooting has been vital, connecting on 40 percent of his attempts, and his defense has turned into an asset. According to 82games, Carter is holding opposing small forwards to a PER of 13.3, 1.7 points below the league average.
Ever wonder how often Mark Cuban kicked himself for allowing Steve Nash to leave Dallas in free agency and win two MVPs in Phoenix? There might not have been a more beloved duo in the entire league at that point in time.
It is unlikely that the Lakers would trade Nash to Dallas with Mike D’Antoni running the show in Los Angeles. However, should he be fired or Jim Buss decide to make some changes, fans in Dallas would surely be interested in the developments.
Either way, both players are fully capable of teaming up and making a few last runs deep into the playoffs together, before retiring off into the sunset. Who wouldn’t pay to see those two play together?
Now here is an interesting idea. The New York Knicks used their amnesty clause on Carmelo Anthony’s good friend, Chauncey Billups, in order to free up the money to sign Tyson Chandler two seasons ago. Could a return be in the works this summer?
The Knicks have been picking up aging point guards over the past few seasons in an attempt to find a stopgap point guard. There is no doubt that Billups’ talents would be an asset on a Knicks team that lacks consistent perimeter scoring.