Sharman and the "Houdini of Hardwood."
"Stumpy" and "Mr. Clutch."
"Clyde" and "Black Jesus."
All legendary, All-World, Hall of Fame, Championship-winning backcourt duos.
The best ever? All in the discussion, no doubt.
However, since the ABA-NBA merger in 1976, there has been no guard tandem more talented, skilled, or effective than Isiah and Joe.
Unlike the greats who came before them, Isiah Thomas and Joe Dumars did more with less.
Bill Sharman and Bob Cousy had Bill Russell and Red Auerbach. Jerry West and Gail Goodrich had Elgin Baylor and Wilt Chamberlain. Walt Frazier and Earl Monroe had Willis Reed and Dave DeBusschere.
Thomas and Dumars' best offensive big men in Detroit were Bill Laimbeer and James Edwards. And yet the Pistons still appeared in three Finals and just missed a fourth. They won back-to-back titles in 1989 and 1990. Dumars won one Finals MVP; Thomas the other.
Both dynamos were under 6'3" and could pretty much do anything on the court. Thomas is considered one of the five greatest point guards ever. Dumars was a heady, versatile two best known for being the most effective defender on Michael Jordan.
As teammates, they achieved All-NBA honors eight times, All-Defensive recognition five times, and made 18 All-Star appearances. In their nine seasons together, they averaged a combined 35.6 points, 13.5 assists, 5.6 rebounds.
The Pistons have had five Hall of Famers in 62 years. Thomas and Dumars are two of them.
There have been some good backcourt duos since, but none that could match these two guys in terms of skill and impact.
Of course, one could argue Michael Jordan and the Keebler Elf is the greatest backcourt ever, but that's not what we're talking about here. We're talking about two guards playing side by side who could kill you equally.
The 2010 NBA season has shown us some awesome, electric backcourt mates who have impressed. Let's take a look at this season's top 10 guard duos.