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    Best Front Court Pairing In NBA History

    At Chronz's request. Please feel free to add your own list or tell me why mine is wrong and who I'm missing.

    1. David Robinson and Time Duncan: (I feel this needs no explanation).

    2. Brad Daughtery/Larry Nance: Daughtery is easily one of the most underrated centers, in part because he played in the shadow of eastern conference ratings giants like Jordan and Ewing, but every fan of the game who had a chance to watch Daughtery knows that he was not only the best passing big man of his generation, but also one of the most skilled big men of all time. Larry Nance, like Daughtery, was a beast of a rebounded, and a great passer, and coupled with that he posted over two blocks a game and nearly a steal per on his career. Had Daughtery’s career not been cut short by injury, Jordan may not have had such an easy time earning six rings.

    3. Russell and Heinsohn: Russell clearly carried this duo, and Tom Sanders deserves mention here, but Heinsohn provided nearly double-digit rebounding for the better part of the decade of championships that Boston hoisted up, while chipping in nearly 20 points a game, and there is something to be said about success. Had Chamberlain had a front court partner as good as Heinsohn, Boston may not have as many banners in their building as they do.

    4. Hakeem and Otis Thorpe: Thopre was a 20/10 player when he came to Houston, and his numbers took a hit as he deferred to Hakeem, and while the duo saw more than their share of playoff disappointment in several first-round eliminations, not to mention the year they ended up in the lottery, the two still earned a championship ring together, and it was because of Thorpe’s solid post play that defences couldn’t throw two bodies on Hakeem.

    5. Reed/DuBusschere: These guys helped raise New York’s only two titles, and got them to the NBA finals three times, and though Frazier and Monroe were huge parts of those titles, the paring of DuBusschere and Reed served as the engine of those title teams, eating up rebounds and providing solid low post scoring.

    6. Chamberlain and Baylor: Those Baylor missed out on the NBA finals the year LA was finally able to win, and though Jerry West and Gail Goodrich were the offensive heart of that early 70’s LA dynastic team, Baylor and Chamberlain posted over 30 rebounds and nearly 50 points a game, and did more winning than Chamberlain was ever able to do in Philly.

    7. Hayes and Unseld: Two NBA finals appearances and one ring to take home. Their primes didn’t quite coincide, but they were both on top of their game for about 5 years and produced a lot of wins, making Washington an obstacle to any team hoping to via for an NBA championship.

    8. Amare and Marion: Two guys that combined to average over 40 points and 20 rebounds is impressive enough to warrant being one of the best front-court parings of all time, and had it not been for a benching-clearing altercation between Nash and Horry, Amare and Marion would have solidified their place in the eyes of many NBA fans as once of the greatest parings of all time by winning their first NBA title.

    9. Ewing and Oakley: For the better part of a decade these two pushed deep into the playoffs almost every year, and had there never been a man by the name of Jordan, those Knicks teams would likely be referred to as a dynasty. Ewing was obviously the bigger name of the two, but Oakley’s hard nosed defence, work ethic, rebound and willingness to take on the tough jobs, served as the perfect companion to Ewing’s skill set.

    10. Parish and McHale: If Larry Bird had never existed, Robert Parish and McHale would have still been able to win a title together in Boston. Parish could have easily developed an offensive game comparable with Moses or Kareem, and McHale posted great individual seasons himself, but with so much talent on one squad, and Bird being the alpha dog, the pairing of Parish and McHale does tend to get underrated.

    11. Webber and Divac: Two great passing big men with great skill sets and strong rebounding proficiency helped to make for one of the most entertaining front court pairings of all time. They were always both willing to make the extra pass, played strong defence, and had officials seen thing a little differently in that infamous game six against LA, these two would likely be sporting hardware.

    12. Chamberlain and Arizin: They only played together for 3 seasons, and two of those season lost to Russell’s Celtics, but it wasn’t from a lack of front court dominance. These two were the only front court pairing that matched up well with Boston, and had they had the kind of help from the back court that Russell and Heinsohn had, Chamberlain may not have had to move to LA to win a title. Statistically the posted far more impressive numbers than any pair on this list (in 62 they posted better than 72 points and 32 rebounds a game together), but they just could turn those numbers into a winning formula. Tom Gala also deserves mention as a great front court partner to Chamberlain.

    13. Nate Thurmond and Clyde Lee: Nate was the star of the duo, and as his career went on, Lee became more of a rebounding specialist akin to Unseld and Ben Wallace, but there were seasons where Thurmond and Lee posted rebounding numbers that matched or bested numbers put up by Chamberlain and Arizin/Baylor and even Russell and Heinsohn. These guys would be eating up the league to day if they were playing on the same team.

    14. Bill Walton and Maurice Lucas: Only together for about three seasons, this short lived paring seemed to reach alignment perfectly, earning Portland its only NBA championship while they posted nearly 40 points per and 25+ rebounds at the same time.

    15. Rodman and Laimbeer: Two rebounding juggernauts whose primes didn’t quite come up at the same time, but nonetheless, they produced two NBA championships together, three straight conference championships, and several division titles. When Rodman hit his stride grabbing rebounding numbers that haven’t been matched since Chamberlain retired, Laimbeer was boxing out and making sure Rodman had the space to reach the rebound, and though Rodman was an offensive liability at times, Laimbeer more than made up for it with his post moved and three-point range.


    Notably missing from this list: Shaq (who never had a front court partner to really help him clean up the glass, other than Horace Grant in Orlando), Dwight (who has yet to be paired up with a double-digit rebounded) and Bob Lanier, who would have helped earn Detroit a couple titles if he ever had a partner in the front court worth mentioning. it’s a shame these guys never had a Robin to help their Batman.
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    Gasol/Bynum landed back-to-back titles together as the Lakers starting front-court.

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    ^ Nice Bruno Man and Shaq & Whoever would eat half that list ALIVE.
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    Parish-McHale need to be much higher

    If we include SF's, this gets even more interesting

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    i think amare and marion at too high

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    Shaq and Kareem could make this list alone, throw in Grant and Worthy

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    Hakeem & Ralph Sampson deserve some type of recognition and have to be on the list, even if Sampson's prime was cut short by injuries. They were the original twin towers long before Duncan & Robinson.

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    Eddy Curry and Zach Randolph. LOL
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    For a short period: 3 years - Russell and Bailey Howell may have been a stronger combo then Heinsohn and Russell.

    As for "Parish could have easily developed an offensive game comparable with Moses or Kareem" so sorry, that's not true. Bear in mind I fought hard for Parish to get voted in the top 50.

    Parish was in his 5th season when McHale played his first NBA game - and in the hundreds upon hundreds of games I saw him play before and after McHale, never saw in him the hook shot, low post game, or general shooting skill of Kareem. Kareem in fact used to routinely dominate Parish head to head - it was a given. Parish's lone offensive skill above Kareem was sneak away/fast break buckets.

    Parish lacked the bulk and will power to ever be confused with Moses. Moses used to throw a good beating on Parish head to head, again losing the 1-2 foot race jams that Parish would earn.

    Kareem is no worse then top 3 Center of all time, Moses is no worse then top 8, and Parish is below that. His claim to fame was longevity, not dominating peak ability.
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    Ben and Rasheed Wallace.....

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    Bosh and Jermaine O'neal. Easily.

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    Will be Howard and Lopez.

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    Ben and Sheed deserve mention, those 2 anchored the best defense of the 3pt era

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bruno87 View Post
    Gasol/Bynum landed back-to-back titles together as the Lakers starting front-court.
    Where would you place the duo in the sandwich?


    Quote Originally Posted by GREATNESS ONE View Post
    ^ Nice Bruno Man and Shaq & Whoever would eat half that list ALIVE.
    I used to agree, but 2 all-stars can be better than 1. Hell 1 All-star and role players just beat 3 stars so I think theres more to it than 1 persons ability.


    Quote Originally Posted by 3mikee_ View Post
    Bosh and Jermaine O'neal. Easily.
    I actually had high hopes for this one. I cant remember what happened or why that went wrong.

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    Ive forgotten how good stat and matrix were before greed got the best of marion.

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