Toronto Raptors: Where do Pascal Siakam and Kyle Lowry rank as a duo?

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James Harden
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3. James Harden & Russell Westbrook

Down to the final three, and a reunited duo takes the third spot. James Harden and Russell Westbrook were together on one of the biggest “what if” teams of all-time, those Oklahoma City Thunder team’s from the early years of this decade.

That team would go on to have three future MVP’s, though only one of them would win the award while with the Thunder – Russell Westbrook. The Thunder were a young team with bags of potential, but too many chefs in the kitchen. In addition to Harden and Westbrook, they had Kevin Durant, one of the best scorers of all-time.

This offseason saw Westbrook follow the lead of Harden and Durant in the past by leaving the Thunder, but being traded to the Houston Rockets – the current team of James Harden. Now, Harden and Westbrook comprise to make up the best backcourt in the NBA on pure talent alone. Whether their ball-dominant styles of play can mesh together is anyone’s guess, though.

Both players averaged usage-percentages of over 30-percent last season. Harden had Chris Paul as his deputy while Westbrook often played second-fiddle to Paul George, who finished in third-place for MVP voting.

If Westbrook and Harden can find a rhythm, and if Westbrook can fit into an offense that took 45 three-pointers per game last season, the Rockets can be a better team than they were last season.