Monday, January 26, 2009

My Top 5 Favorite NBA Alley-oop Combos

(in order)

1. Jason Kidd to Kenyon Martin

Jason Kidd is the all-time best at tossing the perfect alley-oop. In their days with the New Jersey Nets, Kidd and Martin hooked up hundreds of times for the best alley-oops I've ever seen. Jason Kidd basically made Kenyon Martin into an NBA All-Star in 2004 with their oops.

2. Gary Payton to Shawn Kemp

The original alley-oop combo: "the glove" and the "reign man". Payton and Kemp revolutionized the alley-oop in the NBA. No one was more consistent with scoring 2 points off the oop than these two. Gary Payton gets extra credit for creating the "look-away" alley-oop.

3. Chris Paul to Tyson Chandler

Chris Paul is the best PG in the NBA. Tyson Chandler is 7' 0" and knows how to run a pick and roll. End of story. CP3 throws the second most beautiful lob pass I've ever seen next to Jason Kidd. I can only hope that this combo sticks together about as long as Gary Payton and Shawn Kemp did.

4. Stephon Marbury to Kevin Garnett

These two had a beautiful thing going until Steph got homesick/greedy and bolted for New Jersey. Given that Steph and KG had already played together on the AAU circuit, they were two steps ahead of their opponents before they even stepped onto the court. Marbury knew exactly where Garnett wanted the ball placed and he put it there every single time.

5. Steve Nash to Amare Stoudemire

This pick and roll combo baffled many a defense more than once. Nash quickly dribbled into the paint, waited for defense to foolishly leave Amare...and simply threw the ball over top and out of their reach. Whether it was when he was wearing #32 or # 1, Amare was there to receive the gift 100% of the time.

Honorable Mention:

Jason Kidd to Vince Carter
Scottie Pippen to Michael Jordan
Magic Johnson to Michael Cooper
Spud Webb to Dominique Wilkins
Mike Bibby to Chris Webber
Baron Davis to Jason Richardson
Penny Hardaway to Shaquille O'Neal
Derek Fisher to Kobe Bryant

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