NBA Legends Together: Who Makes the Cut in the 10 Best Frontcourt Pairings Ever?
Dwight Howard and Amar'e Stoudemire actually gives me chills. I do not think there is a rim in the NBA that would not be scared of being ripped off its hinges due to the monster dunks that would be inflicted upon it.
Howard is happy in Orlando, for now, but there is no need not to sit here and not speculate the greatness and the horror that would come from two of the fiercest players in the league joining forces.
Howard has been looking for a Robin to his Superman for quite some time now. Maybe its time he just teams up with Batman and creates a simply unstoppable force.
At this point, we can only speculate, but in the meantime, we can look at the top 10 best big men combos to ever play the game.
10. Bill Bradley and Willis Reed
The Knicks had all the scoring they could handle from Frazier, Monroe, and Debusschere.
On the other hand, the backbone of the team that had to handle Wilt Chamberlain every night was Bradley and Reed.
Reed was a league MVP, and one of the NBA's 50 Greatest players; Bradley was a Princeton man. Together they joined up to help the Knicks win their last championship since 1973.
9. Paul Gasol and Andrew Bynum
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While they have not been as dominant of a duo, they have won two championships together and their size has been a key factor in controlling the paint for the Lakers during their title runs.
Bynum will continue to develop while Gasol is a perennial All-Star and a member of the NBA's elite.
8. Moses Malone and Bobby Jones
Jones and Malone were the big men on the 1982-1983 Philadelphia 76ers championship team. Their toughness and rebounding were a huge part of the recipe with a team that including scoring threats Julius Erving and Andrew Toney.
Jones' fame is not as well known as Malone, but just ask any of the players on that team and they will tell you how important the contribution of these two guy was.
7. Chris Webber And Vlade Divac
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The Kings could never eclipse the Lakers as the best team in the Western Conference during the late 1990s and early 2000s, but there were some serious battles for conference supremacy.
Both Divac and Webber were superior passing big men, played off of each other nicely, and had automatic 15 foot jumpers.
If only for that Robert Horry guy.
6. Nate Thurmond And Jerry Lucas
These two big men did not ever win a championship together, despite their talent level and incredible rebounding skills.
Both players are one of five to ever average 15.0 rebounds per game for their careers.
5. Robert Parish and Kevin McHale
Part of the original "Big 3" with Larry Bird, Parish and McHale dominated for the Celtics and were part of the vicious rivalries with the Lakers during the mid 80s.
What made them so special was their teamwork, toughness and comfort with one another. They are an all time great front-court, and members of the NBA's 50 Greatest.
4. Elvin Hayes And Wes Unseld
Two of the 50 greatest players, these big men were responsible for one of the most surprising NBA championship teams ever.
The 1978 championship Baltimore Bullets led by Unseld and Hayes, relied heavily on the scoring and rebounding of these two players, and with their leadership, remained a title contender year after year.
3. James Worthy and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
"Big Game James" and Abdul-Jabbar's excellence were shown brightest during their playoff runs.
Worthy's 21.5 points per game in the playoffs and Kareem's sky hook made them an unstoppable front court that were the anchors on a team of flashy guards and sharp shooters.
2. Ralph Sampson And Hakeem Olajuwon
Dallas Mavericks Coach Dick Motta said, "That front line, when history is written, when they’ve grown up, might be the best ever assembled on one team. Ever."
The two did not live up to their full potential, but the Hosuton Rockets duo was an incredible pair that made a few deep playoffs runs and showed that two 7'0'' players could play together.
1. David Robinson and Tim Duncan
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What do you get when you add "The Admiral" and "The Big Fundamental"....times up! The answer is the "Twin Towers." These two interchangeable F/C are a coaches best friend because not only were they great players, but they were great teammates.
Their first title together came during the lockout shortened 1998-1999 season, when Duncan and Robinson prevailed over the New York Knicks.
The second championship came in 2003 against the New Jersey Nets, where they were victorious in six games. That was Robinson's last game in a Spurs uniform, and the end of the greatest 1-2 big man punch in NBA history.