As the 2010-2011 NBA campaign kicks off in mere days, it is time to recognize the NBA's top eight dynamic starting backcourts. These duos are the most exciting, explosive and talented in the league today.
The following twosomes can be counted on not only as playmakers at the end of games, but are all an integral part of their team's successes throughout the season.
Milwaukee Bucks—Brandon Jennings and John Salmons
Point guard Brandon Jennings started out the 2009-2010 campaign remarkably, including a 55-point outing against the Warriors but cooled significantly through the middle part of the season.
After John Salmons was traded to the Milwaukee from the Bulls, the tandem began to work exceptionally well together. Salmons averaged 20 points, three rebounds, and three assists per game while on the Bucks, and Jennings contributed 15.5 points and about six assists per outing.
Jennings is one of the most electrifying young guards in the league today and will look to beat the sophomore slump while leading Milwaukee into the playoffs.
Philadelphia 76ers—Jrue Holiday and Andre Iguodala
Looking to expand on a spectacular second half, Jrue Holiday now firmly reins the point in Philadelphia. After the All-Star game, this breakout candidate averaged about 12 points, six dimes and a couple steals per game.
Andre Iguodala will be relied on as a consistent scoring output once again, and thrived in this role the past couple seasons. He averaged a well-balanced 17.1 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 5.8 assists per contest a year ago.
The pair will be forced to contribute substantially if the Sixers hope to reach the postseason in the much improved Eastern Conference.