Past/Present Pairings: Marcus Smart and Dave Cowens

Just image a fantasy pairing of Marcus Smart and Dave Cowens. One is black. The other white. Marcus has played all five positions but is listed as a guard. Many thought Dave was destined as a power forward, but he played center for the Boston Celtics. The differences in the Potent Pair generally end there.

Call them "Horizontal Heroes" or strong contenders for the "NBA Floor Burn Trophy", but they both are known for their ferocious defense and the will to never take a play off. They display what Miami Coach Erik Spoelstra once termed "primal energy" when he beseeched his team to go after loose balls versus Dirk Nowitski's Mavericks. Here is Marcus Smart hitting the floor:


Dave Cowens was not just quick for a big man. He was quick, period. Watch how he switches onto Oscar Robertson, knocks the ball loose from the legendary guard and outraces him to the ball:



We still have some time before the NBA season re-starts, so if you have a past/present pairing that you would like to discuss, let me know. I would have loved to watch Big Red and The Wolverine on the parquet together at their peaks.

Video via Tomasz Korlylewski

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