The NBA is full of talent. Each team has several players that contribute to winning games. Some teams compete for championships and others rebuild for the future. A dominant factor that every title contender team possesses is an elite duo. A superstar duo, high-end roleplayers, and an elite head coach are some of the key elements required in building a championship-level roster.
The LA Clippers have pretty much everything they need for a deep playoff run. There are currently few teams in this league that can compete with the LA Clippers. What sets the Clippers apart from the rest of the competing teams is their superstar duo in Kawhi Leonard and Paul George.
Kawhi Leonard and Paul George play extremely well together. Not only do they have great chemistry, but their skills are impeccable. These two can score on all three levels, pass the ball, ricochet and are some of the best defenders in the NBA. Bringing Leonard and George together is unfair. In addition, head coach Tyronn Lue understands exactly how to make the most of Leonard and George.
What Leonard and George do off the pitch can be just as important as their contributions on the pitch. A lot of Clippers players look up to Leonard and George because they have so much experience. These two will play a huge role in Brandon Boston Jr.’s development as they occupy the same position and have similar playstyles. But how dominant are Leonard and George when they play together? That’s why Kawhi Leonard and Paul George are the best duo in the NBA.
In full health, Kawhi and PG form the best duo the NBA has seen in years
The last time we saw Kawhi Leonard and Paul George play together was the 2020-21 NBA season when they led the LA Clippers to their first-ever Western Conference Finals. Both Leonard and George made both the All-Star Team and the All-NBA this season. Leonard even made it to the All-Defensive 2nd Team. Together, Leonard and George averaged 48.1 points, 13.4 rebounds and 10.9 assists while shooting 48.9% from the field and 40.4% from the three-point line during the 2020-21 NBA season . Even more impressive is their effect when playing together.
In their last fully healthy season, 2020-21, Kawhi Leonard and Paul George had a 122.5 offensive rating and a 104.9 defensive rating. Additionally, these two had an assist percentage of 59.4, a rebound percentage of 53.0, and a “player impact estimate” of 58.3. Those numbers are extremely impressive, making them the Clippers’ deepest playoff run in franchise history.
That same season, the Milwaukee Bucks won the NBA Finals. Their elite duo, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton, had a 115.3 offensive rating and a 105.4 defensive rating. Additionally, Antetokounmpo and Middleton had an assist percentage of 56.5 and a rebound percentage of 52.4, and a “player impact estimate” of 55.9.
While numerous factors must come together when winning a championship, it puts into perspective how effective Leonard and George are when fully healthy.
If Kawhi Leonard and Paul George can stay healthy, the LA Clippers will have an advantage over any team in the NBA. The Clippers managed to keep the majority of their roster and add John Wall. It shouldn’t be long before the LA Clippers are crowned NBA champions for the first time in franchise history.