This offseason, the NBA has officially become a league of duos — two superstars joining forces on one team in the hopes of winning a championship. With the dynastic Golden State Warriors falling to the Toronto Raptors in the 2019 Finals and losing several key players to injury or free agency since, it feels like this upcoming season is anyone's game.
Through all the max contracts and requested trades, however, ESPN analyst Jalen Rose says there's one static pair that isn't getting the attention they deserve: the Portland Trail Blazers' Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum.
"The problem is, they got to the playoffs the past few years and they got swept," Rose told AOL.com of the Blazers, courtesy of Dick's Sporting Goods. "What ends up happening is we dismiss what they do in the regular season and say, 'Show us in the playoffs.' Then this year, they made it to the Western Conference Finals."
Portland finished as the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference in both of the past two seasons, jumping up from No. 8 in 2016-17. Lillard also had one of the most memorable shots of this year's playoffs that sent his Blazers to the Western Conference Semifinals.
Rose has previously stated that he believes the Los Angeles Clippers' shiny new duo consisting of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George is the best in the league, which should make for several interesting battles out west.
"People know about Philly, people obviously know about the Splash Brothers and the duos in L.A.," Rose said, "so I would think that [Lillard and McCollum] are the underrated duo."
See Lillard and McCollum together through the years:
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