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With that firmly in the front of your mind… I’m here to tell you that Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis are already the best duo, not just currently in the league, but in all of NBA history. Better than LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. Better than Kevin Durant and Steph Curry. And, yes, Luka and Porzingis are better than Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen.
How did I form this opinion, you ask? Friend, this is no opinion. I don’t believe there’s room for opinion in the blog boy, er, news business. No, this has been deduced from cold, hard numbers.
In their debut game as teammates, both wearing the Mavericks’ (new, pretty boring) statement jerseys, Doncic and Porzingis combined for a total of 57 points. That’s a mark that tops such great historic duos as LeBron and Wade (44 points), Jordan and Pippen (46 points) and bested the previous high score of 55 set by Magic and Kareem. It’s a stat uncovered by twitter user @MJsGOAT. When even the twitter presence designated solely to upholding Michael Jordan’s GOAT status has to acknowledge the Dynamic Duo in Dallas as all-timers, you know there’s some “there” there.
Total Points in First Game together— MJs GOAT (@MjsGoat) October 24, 2019
Magic and Kareem: 55
Durant and Curry: 53
Jordan and Pippen: 46
LeBron and Wade: 44
Luka and Porzingis: 57 ✅ pic.twitter.com/BCADUFZT6w
Still, you might be staying, “hey, it’s only one game. Shouldn’t we be practicing some restraint when comparing our young players to these historically great tag-teams?” And to that I say, hey. Watch a basketball game. Once two players debut by scoring a combined 57 points, their future point totals can only go up. Name one time that hasn’t been true. You can’t. It’s like the stock market! Nothing bad could ever possibly happen! We’re in the black, baby, and it’s nothing but blue skies and big wins from here until the day they unveil the joint Luka and Kristaps statues outside the AAC with a ribbon cutting ceremony featuring the Mavericks newest rookie and number 1 overall pick Max Nowitzki doing the honors with that big pair of over-sized scissors.
Settle in, Mavericks fans. It’s going to be a good year.