6 Best Backcourts of All Time

The NBA has witnessed some fantastic backcourts throughout its history. While there might be a few creating a legacy right now, like James Harden and Chris Paul, there are others already adding to their stacked resume. 


On the other hand, there are duos that have been retired for a long period of time, yet their accomplishments together will always be remembered in the league. With that said, here are the six best backcourts of all time as of now. 

6. Magic Johnson & Byron Scott

It's Magic "Freaking" Johnson. The man won five NBA titles, three Finals MVPs, three regular season MVPs, and made the All-Star Game 12 times. Anyone paired up with him alone makes this list of top-six backcourts of all time. However, there's one that stands above the rest of his teammates, Byron Scott. 


In today's era, Byron Scott might be known for being a lousy coach. Back in the '80s though, Scott was a threat from beyond the arc. His 14 points per game might not seem ridiculously good, but that's all he needed to do with Magic controlling the game. 

5. Jerry West & Gail Goodrich

The duo of Jerry West and Gail Goodrich might be considered ancient, but it's impossible to have a list without "The Logo." After all, West and Goodrich usually combined for over 50 points per game during their prime. That might not seem that insane, yet it's the best combination on this list. 


Even though they only have one title to show for it, they battled in an era that was controlled by Bill Russell and the Boston Celtics. It wasn't until Wilt Chamberlain came around, when the Lakers finally struck. Regardless, this duo belongs in the conversation. 

4. Tony Parker & Manu Ginobili

It seems like Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili will stay young forever. While Tim Duncan has sailed away into retirement, these two are still holding down the backcourt for the San Antonio Spurs. Even after winning four titles in their 15 years together, they've found a way to stick around with Gregg Popovich. 


While their overall statistics will drop from their declining play over the years, there is no doubt these two belong in the discussion for best backcourt of all time. When Parker became their franchise point guard at 19, the Spurs dominated the Western Conference. He might be 35, but him and the 40-year-old Ginobili are still getting it done. 

3. Walt Frazier & Earl Monroe

This might be the most underrated backcourt in NBA history. Somehow, they always fall short of people's lists. Well, they won't be snubbed here, as we feel they're top-three.


Obviously winning a championship for the Knicks goes a long way, but the way these two both scored over 20 points per game in their peak years. While they didn't just play for New York, their shared title in the 1972-73 season will always be remembered. 

2. Steph Curry & Klay Thompson

When it's all said and done, this might end up being the best backcourt of all time. Steph Curry and Klay Thompson still have many dominant years left. Even with the addition of Kevin Durant, the backcourt has been the key to success for Golden State. 


As of right now, they've won two championships, racked up seven All-Star appearances, and both shoot over 40 percent from the three-point line for their careers. Most importantly though, they've changed the NBA with their relentless shooting. While they might be hated by some, they're feared by all. After their fathers had steady careers in the league, Steph and Klay have shown they know how to carry the torch. 

1. Isiah Thomas & Joe Dumars

While their prime years never matched up perfectly, it's hard to deny this backcourt duo as the best of all time. Not only did the Pistons have an excellent playmaker in Isiah Thomas, but they had a sharpshooter in Joe Dumars. 


For Thomas, his career averages of 19.2 points and 9.3 assists per game speak for themselves, but somehow Dumars went under the radar with his career average of 16.1 points. Whether it was winning two championships, or making a combined 18 All-Star games, this was the best backcourt in NBA history.