After reading yesterday's A Wolf Among Wolves post about how Ricky Rubio and Alexy Shved might play together like the Duane Allman and Dickey Betts, I got to thinking about what their pairing might look like, and how rare such a matching of talents actually is in NBA history.
After doing a little research, I found an NBA article from 2010 with few comparisons that might be informative in predicting how Rubio and Shved will mesh on the court. Obviously the article talks about hall-of-famers, so for the purposes of this discussion we'll leave out how effective the pairing will be, but I was wondering what people on this site thought about what a Rubio/Shved starting backcourt would actually look like stylistically.
Would it be more like Frazier/Monroe, or Magic/Nixon, or maybe Cousy/Sharman? For a more modern take, might it be more like Ginobili/Parker? Or even Nash/Barbosa? It's hard enough to compare Ricky to anyone, let alone pairing that person up with a slightly different version of himself on the same team. I'm not sure the NBA has ever had anyone quite like Ricky, and may not have had anyone quite like Shved either. Either way I'm fascinated to find out what this potentially historic pairing can produce. We might be seeing a new mold of NBA backcourt.
For my end of the speculation, I would think Shved will keep coming off the bench (even if/when he evolves into our fourth best player) and run the second offense. When he's on the court with Rubio (likely through most of the fourth quarters) he'll play the role of the more traditional shooting guard, taking catch-and-shoot jumpers, making cuts to the basket, and making ice-cold daggers at the end of games.
Any thoughts? Will these two ever start together? Will they mesh well when they are on the court at the same time? Will they both be able to use their greatest strengths at the same time, without, say, relegating Shved to a spot-up jumpshooter? As Rubio's return gets closer, I can't help but speculate what this dynamic pairing might look like.