#3: Minnesota Timberwolves - D’Angelo Russell and Anthony Edwards
Anthony Edwards is probably the second most explosive guard in the league right now. Seemingly nightly, he is either dunking on someone he has no business dunking on or casually dropping 40 points.
I remember people were concerned if Edwards even wanted to be a basketball player. No one has more fun than him! Minnesota is building something cool in the north, and Edwards is at the center of it.
People forget that D’Angelo Russell is a 20-point-a-night guy. They also forget that he’s a very, very good facilitator and gets everyone involved on offense. That’s why the Warriors wanted him in the first place. On top of that, he’s only 25, so he could get even better. That’s a scary thought.
#2: Memphis Grizzlies - Ja Morant and Desmond Bane
Anthony Edwards is the second most explosive guard in the league, and Morant is by far number one. Before he got hurt last season, he was seriously a contender to win MVP. He led the Grizzlies to the second-best record in the league, dunked on everyone, and made Tennessee basketball the most fun in the whole NBA.
Morant’s running mate hardly put anyone on a poster, but he doubled his points and steals from his rookie season. Oh, and he is also the second-best shooter in the entire league. Oh, and their average age is only 22.
With Ja, Bane, and Jaren Jackson Jr, the Grizzlies are drafting a dynasty before our eyes. It sounds weird, but the NBA is the best league to build through the draft quickly. There are less injuries than the NFL and no farm system, so expect Bane and Morant to lead the league forward.
#1: Atlanta Hawks - Trae Young and Dejounte Murray
They had to come in first. You knew they’d be here before you even started clicking, right? The only backcourt with two All-Stars, the number one spot is a cakewalk for this elite pair.
I suggested that Vassell and Jones could be a one-two punch of elite scoring and defense. Murray and Young are already there.
Last year, Murray led the league in steals with 138. Young led the league in points with 2,155. Last season, Murray took his shot to the next notch, and with the attention being on Young, I think Murray could score 25 points a night next year.
The one-two punch dynamic they will have rivals the best in the league regardless of age. I think the pair will both be All-Stars again next year, and Spurs fans will weep, but at least it will be worth it, right? Right?