NBA Top 10 Backcourts Of 2012-13

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Apr 17, 2013; Sacramento, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul (3) loses control of the ball during the first quarter against the Sacramento Kings at the Sleep Train Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

The challenge with doing top 10 lists like this is balance. You need to consider age, depth, two-way play and a host of other variables when weighing your options. You need to consider projections for future performance as well as considering past performance.  You might want to factor in durability, complementary skill sets, even intangibles if you think that they’re the difference between a good and great frontcourt. Personally, I weigh star power very heavily. That’s not to say that I care about the hype surrounding the players, it’s just an acknowledgement of the reality that basketball is a stars game and the NBA is a star driven league, where having one great player is almost always better than having two good players. Put it this way: would you rather have Russell Westbrook and Thabo Sefolosha or Damian Lillard and Wesley Matthews? Lillard and Matthews are both better than Sefolosha, but the brilliance of Westbrook is more than enough to make up for it. In the NBA star power is almost always more valuable than depth.

That said, I know that nobody really cares about the methodology behind the list so let’s dive right in, starting at number 10.

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