Top Five: Backcourts in the NBA this year

Cheers and Jeers,Sports,NBA,Jeffrey Tomik

By trading for James Harden and signing Jeremy Lin in the offseason, the Houston Rockets have one of the most interesting backcourts in the NBA. But they just miss being a top-five duo.

5. Denver Nuggets » Point guard Ty Lawson just got a new contract and a new running mate with Andre Iguodala. Lawson had a breakout year in 2011-12 (16.4?points and 6.6 assists), while All-Star Iguodala is an above-average passer and one of the best perimeter defenders in the league.

4. Los Angeles Lakers » Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash may have a combined three MVP trophies, but they also have a combined 32? years in the league. Health is an obvious concern, as is how Nash fits into the Lakers' offense.

3. Brooklyn Nets » Joe Johnson may not be a superstar, but he doesn't have to be in a backcourt with Deron Williams. Johnson is an unquestionable scorer, having averaged more than 16 points a game for nine straight seasons. Williams averaged 21.0 points and 8.7 assists in his first full season with the Nets last year.

2. Los Angeles Clippers »

The best point guard in the league, Chris Paul, now has an explosive scorer in his backcourt. Jamal Crawford has slowed a bit over the last couple seasons, but the former sixth man of the year had 29 points in his Clippers debut.

1. San Antonio Spurs »

The others in the top five have a new addition, but the Spurs' tandem of Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili are proven winners. The three-time NBA champions have played in a combined 288 playoff games.

- Jeffrey Tomik

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