3 Reasons Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving are the best duo in the NBA

The Dallas Mavericks have teamed up Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving, and here are three reasons why they are the best duo in the NBA.
Doncic and Irving are the NBA's best duo
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1. Scoring

Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving were the top-scoring duo in the NBA last season in the short time they played together.

As teammates, they combined to score 59.4 points per game. When compared to the other six pairings mentioned earlier, the next closest would be the Celtics tandem of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, who together averaged 56.7 points per game.

The overall scoring list of those seven duos looks like this:


Point Per Game

Luka/Kyrie (post-trade)

59.4 PPG


56.7 PPG


54.8 PPG

Durant (post-trade)/Booker

53.8 PPG


51.3 PPG


47.6 PPG


44.5 PPG

Doncic and Irving are unique in the fact that they can both score in every possible way imaginable on the floor. They are both elite when driving to the basket, both have a great mid-range game, and both can kill the opposing team from three-point land. Doncic also has a fantastic post-up game.

Neither Irving nor Doncic have any glaring weaknesses on the offensive side of the ball.

Individually, Doncic was second in the NBA in scoring at 32.4 points per game, while Irving was 12th at 27.1 points per game (he averaged 27.0 after being traded to Dallas).

The ability of both to break down opposing defenses, with or without a screen, makes it almost impossible for opposing defenses to stop them consistently. There isn't another tandem in the league that statistically boasts a better one-two scoring punch.