The Team-Mating Game: NBA Players Who'd Be a Match Made in Heaven

Russell Westbrook's fire could be the yin to Kawhi Leonard's icy yang. Here are other superstar loners who could prosper on the court with the right match.

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The formation of NBA super teams is a vintage tradition dating back to the stacked Celtics and Lakers rosters of the ‘80s.  However, individual players didn’t control their own destinies like modern stars.

The Miami Heat started this bromance era with LeBron, D-Wade, and Chris Bosh turning American Airlines Arena into their dorm room for four years. Kevin Durant was swayed to join Golden State by the togetherness of the Death Lineup (Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala, Harrison Barnes, and Draymond Green) during his pitch meeting, and even the Hornets’ pairing of Boogie and The Brow was driven as much by their Kentucky connection as their on-court chemistry. Arranged bromances are being orchestrated around the league, but there are still superstars going it alone out there. These five pipe dream partnerships are unlikely, but they would undoubtedly prosper.

Nikola Jokic & Giannis Antetokounmpo

Nikola Jokic and Giannis Antetokounmpo

James Harden & Kristaps Porzingis

james harden and kristaps porzingis

Kawhi Leonard & Russell Westbrook

Westbrook and Harden

Kemba Walker & Jimmy Butler

Jimmy Butler and Kemba Walker

Paul George & Marc Gasol

paul george and marc gasol

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