Where does the Spurs' backcourt rank among best young duos?

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#11: Orlando Magic - Jalen Suggs and Cole Anthony

Both Anthony and Suggs missed half of their rookie seasons with injury, so we really haven’t seen them play much at all, and especially not together.

That being said, neither of them can shoot 35% from deep. Someone in the backcourt needs to be a shooter, and so far, they don’t have one. I will admit, being a Spurs fan in Detroit, I don’t tune into many Magic games, so I may be misinformed, but it looks like they’re a solid defensive duo. Both are capable starters, sure, but I’m not convinced either will ever be a star. 

#10: Sacramento Kings - De’Aaron Fox and Malik Monk

That’s right, the Kings signed Malik Monk this offseason. I’m not sure if he or Davion Mitchell will get the starting nod at shooting guard, but it shouldn’t matter too much. Monk is a solid bench piece but not much of a starter, and Mitchell faces the same problems as Cole Anthony.

De’Aaron Fox shot only 29% last season since after trading Buddy Heild and Tyrese Haliburton, Fox was the only weapon. Much like Gilgeous-Alexander, Fox is a victim of his own success and the lack of talent around him. I think he was an All-Star snub in 2021, but there’s a reason I’m not a voting member of the media. I tend to overvalue scoring at the PG position, but overall, he’s really good. It’s a shame he doesn’t have any help, but that’s the Kings’ way.