Battle Of The Guards: The Top Backcourts in the NBA

Yama HazheerCorrespondent IIJuly 21, 2009

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Backcourts make the game move. The point guard is finding the player with the best shot, and that usually is the shooting guard. Together, they might be two of the most important positions in the game of basketball.

There are many great backcourts in the league, but I have narrowed it down. 12 players, six backcourts, here is the list in no particular order.

Rajon Rondo and Ray Allen

While Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce get most of the credit for Boston, the duo of Rondo and Allen have been crucial to the success of the Boston Celtics.

Rondo is a good defender, can rebound, pass, and score when needed upon. The main flaw of the speedy guard is his shooting. Rondo is a horrid perimeter shooter, but it can be made up for with the shot of Ray Allen.

Allen is the best shooter in the league and has been for many years. His defense has improved since becoming a member of the Celtics. Allen may not be the star he once was, but he was the catalyst for the Celtics last season when Garnett was injured.

Jameer Nelson and Vince Carter

This tandem have yet to play a game alongside each other, but on paper they're one of the best backcourt teams in the league.

When Nelson was healthy, he was an all-star. He was one of the best scoring point guards in the league and could still get at least five assists a game. Like half of the team, Nelson has unlimited range.

Carter is happy to be playing in his hometown and on a team that has a legitimate chance to win the championship. Look for him to be rejuvenated and have one of his best seasons ever this year with the Magic.

Mike Bibby and Joe Johnson

Bibby and Johnson are the most underrated in these group of guys. Both are quietly carrying the Hawks to the high tier of the Eastern Conference.

You have a veteran leader in Bibby. He has tons of playoff experience and is very clutch. He may be getting older, but he is still a quality scorer and good shooter.

Johnson might be the best shooting guard in the league not named Kobe or Dwyane. He is clutch, one of the better scorers in the league, and a good passing two guard.

Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili

This duo has proven that they can win many rings together, and oh yeah, factor in the greatest power forward of all time and a great coach into it as well.

Parker is the best point guard in the league at attacking the rim and either finishing or getting to the free throw line. The three point shot has been taken out of his arsenal, but his mid-range game is deadly.

Whether he starts or comes off the bench, Ginobili is an amazing player. He can shoot, score, and pass. The injury last season has made people forget him, but he is still one of the best two guard and will show it this upcoming season.

Derek Fisher and Kobe Bryant

This could be the most controversial pick, but Fisher has shown that he can be a great role player alongside the best player in the league.

Fisher is the locker room guy and veteran presence for the Lakers. He is one of the best role players of all-time and is extremely clutchjust ask the Spurs.

The best player in the league, Kobe Bryant has got to be on this list, unless if it was him and the infamous Smush Parker. No explanation needed for the Black Mamba.

Monta Ellis and Stephen Jackson

Don Nelson said that he plans on starting Ellis as the point guard and Jackson as the shooting guard this season, if that is the plan, then these two definitely belong in here.

After a horrendous season with the moped accident, Ellis will come out strong this season and go back to the form he once was before the injury. He showed glimpses of that at the end of last season. He isn't a traditional point guard, but his mid range shot in unmissable.

Jackson is becoming one of the most underrated players in the league. Although his turnovers are high, Jackson is the best passing forward behind LeBron James. He can do it all from defending to taking the last shot, Captain Jack is an all-around player.

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