Detroit Pistons: Top-10 young backcourts in the NBA
#4: Minnesota Timberwolves
- De’Angelo Russell
- Anthony Edwards
I am not a huge fan of Russell’s game, though he is a good scorer. He can’t defend and it’s also possible he won’t be on the Timberwolves that much longer depending on whether they extend him. But Anthony Edwards will be an MVP candidate one day and is somehow this good at only 21-years-old. He has a chance to be one of the best two-ways players in the NBA soon, which is why the Timberwolves are this high.
#3: Detroit Pistons
- Cade Cunningham
- Jaden Ivey
This one is based mostly on potential since these two have yet to play a minute together for the Detroit Pistons. Cade Cunningham has already proven himself to be one of the most well-rounded guards in the league, as he can score, pass, rebound and defend. His stats could take a huge leap next season with better shooters and lob threats around him, which includes Jaden Ivey.
Ivey’s speed and athleticism offer a perfect counterpoint to Cade’s cerebral play, and the two have a chance to be elite defensively, which is one of the things that sets them apart from some of the other young backcourts on this list.
This is the duo the Detroit Pistons are hoping will lead them out of the cellar and back to their rightful spot as one of the best teams in the NBA.