Two young backcourts: Which one is better?

November 7, 2012, 12:21 am
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The Warriors front office has made it perfectly clear thatthey like their backcourt of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.A lot.A week ago, the Warriors signed Curry to a contractextension worth 44 million over four years. Owner Joe Lacob and generalmanager Bob Myers did that despite Curry coming off a season in which he missed40 games because of a persistent right ankle problem.They also did it despite concerns about Currys position,and whether hes best suited to play point guard or two guard. Nevertheless, Curry is a one-of-a-kind shooter and very nice offensive weapon. The Warriors arebanking on Curry as a point guard, of course and an upper-tier one at that.Back in March, the Warriors traded their leading scorer andfan favorite, Monta Ellis, in large part to open a spot for Thompson, a rookieat the time.The Warriors selected Thompson with the No. 11 pick in theJune 2011 draft, and it didnt take the teams front office long to determinethat it wanted Thompson to be the long-term solution at off-guard.Thompson has shown nothing but upside since he started getting consistent minutes. It's obvious that Thompson is one of the team's biggest assets.Similarly, the Cleveland Cavaliers front office likes theirbackcourt of Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters, too.A lot.And thats why Wednesdays game between the Cavaliers andWarriors at Oracle Arena really holds some intrigue. There are a pair of youngand interesting backcourts that are about to match up.Irving, who won the NBAs Rookie of the Year award lastseason, is very good and getting better. Its not difficult to find people whobelieve Irving already is one of the upper-tier point guards in the league.Irving is averaging 23.8 points and six assists per gamethis season, and though his turnover count is high, few believe that will be anissue down the line.The Cavaliers selected Waiters with the No. 4 pick in thedraft in June, and hes averaging 16.3 points per game and shooting 48 percentfrom the floor.Waiters is different than Thompson. Thompson is taller andprobably a better shooter. But Waiters is a bulldog, a relentless player whohas made a name for himself with toughness and an ability to score.Hes got an all-around game and has shown the ability toknock down perimeter shots and get to the rim and finish.Curry and Thompson are different than Irving and Waiters.But they are similar in a couple of respects. One is that both duos are young,and the other is that both teams front offices believe in them.Those backcourts will be easy to compare on Wednesdaynight.

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