NBA / Nov 4, 2009 / 1:55 pm

The 5 NBA Rivalries I’d Like To See

Derrick Rose

There’s nothing like a good rivalry to spice things up: Shaq versus Kobe, Chris Paul versus Deron Williams, LeBron versus DeShawn (sort of). Watching Rajon Rondo and Chris Paul become nemesis’s this week made me think of other pairs who should be rivals. Here are five rivalries that I’d like to see start this year or in the immediate future.

1. Stephen Curry vs. Kevin Martin: A couple of nights ago, we saw Kevin Martin go off for 48 points. Everybody who watched college basketball for the past few seasons knows that Stephen Curry can fill it up as well. Being that both of these guards play in Northern California and are both skinny scoring guards, this could be a good rivalry. Of course any good rivalry has to be between two winning teams, so this one might be one to look out for in two years.

2. Brandon Jennings vs. Derrick Rose: The Milwaukee Bucks rookie has been a hot topic this week as he is showing everybody that he can score the ball at will. He is a lightning-quick guard, that’s got every move in the book. Rose, the reigning Rookie of the Year, is looked at as a future superstar. If Jennings keeps it up and makes Milwaukee a winner, than the Rose versus Jennings matchup could be one of the most exciting matchups in the league.

3. Andrew Bynum vs. Dwight Howard: Averaging 20.8 points and 9 rebounds per contest, Bynum has really stepped it up this season. If he continues to post these All-Star numbers, than we can say with a straight face that Dwight versus Andrew is real rivalry. Of course, Bynum’s athleticism is not even close to on par with Howard’s. But Bynum has more post moves and at 22 years old, still has a lot of room for improvement. If these centers meet again in the Finals, than we could have the first real big man rivalry since Yao and Shaq.

4. Brandon Roy vs. Carmelo Anthony: Brandon Roy is on the cusp of being a superstar and every superstar needs a rival. Although they technically don’t play the same position, Carmelo Anthony could be that suitor. They both play in the Northwest Division and their teams are expected to finish the year with similar records. I fully expect this matchup to get really heated, especially when playoff positioning and the actual playoffs come around.

5. Danilo Gallinari vs. Andrea Bargnani: This is just perfect. Both guys are from Italy, they play in the Atlantic Division, they’re nearly the same height (Gallinari is 6-10, Bargnani is 7-0), and they both play of the perimeter. While they are probably good friends and supportive of each other now, if there comes a time when both teams are good, expect that little Italian bond to get a little testy.

Who else would make a good rivalry?

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  • AdvancedMind

    Curry vs Martin
    Yea not so much but i see where you were going with that one.
    Jennings vs Rose
    I absolutly am looking forward to this match up for years to come, i think they will bring out the best in one an other.
    3. BYNUM is ass
    4.Roy vs Melo
    I like that match up to good scorers and both of them are underatted of the defensive side of the ball.
    Danilo Gallinari vs. Andrea Bargnani
    Yea, they might put 50 on each other every game if they match up.. Can you say absolutly no D.

  • http://www.nukedasouth.net Chicagorilla

    I want to take credit for the Rose vs Jennings one. I know yall got that from me.

  • AdvancedMind

    What the f@ck dime, wheres the Shelton Williams vs Marvin Williams?
    Or jj reddick vs himself, or eddie house vs Anothy Carter?
    Glen Davis vs Chicken Wings.

  • AdvancedMind

    Eddie Curry vs His limo driver

  • http://www.nukedasouth.net Chicagorilla

    Glen Davis Vs. the 99cent menu

  • AdvancedMind

    Brandon Wright vs Courtney Paris

  • dwight coward

    big baby vs. his best friend

    monta ellis vs. stephen curry

  • Matt Ballou

    Tim Duncan vs Kevin Garnett or Shaq in the Finals!

  • Chaos

    LMAO @ AdvancedMind

  • vince

    “than” is not “then”

  • http://www.bouncemag.com 40 cal bouncemag.com

    Shaq vs The scale!

  • The Real Tyrone

    Ain’t no doubt y’all cats that I be wantin a rivalry between Beyonce and Halle Berry if y’all know what a brutha means.

    True thugs NEVER lie.
    The REAL Tyrone

  • SJ

    Monta Ellis and his moped vs the ground

  • SJ

    Reggie Evans vs Kaman’s nuts

  • AdvancedMind

    @ tyrone
    Holy santa claus shit your a RETARD, but its EFFIN hilarious.

  • Dagomar

    Bron VS Wade please.

    Also: Tyrone is amazing.

  • http://www.bouncemag.com 40 cal bouncemag.com

    I forgot to add Mark Madison Vs the Bench!

  • s.e.

    There’s a lot of promising young point guards in the east. I’d like to see some gritty, 80s-style battles develop.

  • Luigi

    How bout this

    Kobe v. Durant

    and for years to come when KB is gone

    LeBron v. Durant

  • Taj

    Sasha Vujacic vs the Zen Master!

  • jeremy

    lebron vs. his tear ducts

  • control

    Bynum vs Dwight?

    Lets talk about that when Bynum manages to not bust his knee up in January. Guy can’t even get to the playoffs in one piece, ain’t no way he’s going to be having anything close to a rivalry with Dwight under those circumstances.

    I think the biggest rivalry in the NBA right now is Don Nelson vs every player on GS. Could the guy fuck up a group of people worse? By extension, Don Nelson vs Fantasy Team Owners has to be included.

  • mw

    How about Vince vs the injury list. (Although to be a proper rivalry it shouldn’t be so one sided)

  • Nigga You Gay

    Tyrone vs MY DICK

  • Mack Brownee

    chris dudley vs jared dudley?

    robin v brook?

    blake v tyler?

    bibby v kermit the frog?

    deke v the cookie monster?

  • LakeShow84

    @ Control..

    Whos ur Center on ur team?? Cuz if his name isnt Howard, Yao or Shaq then dont speak on it.. cuz its HATE my friend lol..

    Kid has been dropping silly numbers CONSISTENTLY since the preseason.. but all i hear out of u as soon as his name pops up is WOMP WOMP WOMP.. Funny how some people still try to say he busted his own knees up.. KG busted his own knee up… CWebb busted his own knee up.. Having 2 of ur teammates injure u aint got shit to do with u..

    DRose and Rondo.. mainly because i want to see Rose murder that piece of Celtic shit SOME MORE..

  • changster

    bynum vs oden

  • Bizz

    Andrea Bargnani vs. Dirk Nowitzki
    Sheldon Williams vs. Anthony Parker
    Rasheed Wallace vs. Ron Artest
    Derrick Rose vs. Spelling Bee
    Stephen Curry vs. Puberty
    Monta Ellis vs. Traffic Signs
    LeBron James vs. Sportsmanship

  • Rizwan

    Gerald, you dont need the extra ‘s’ in nemesis in the opening paragraph! Just the apostrophe.

    Secondly, none of these rivalries listed really excite me, to be honest. The only one I can see play out is possible Bynum v Howard if they match up in the finals again, but this time Bynum needs to show up for this to be called a rivalry.

  • Detroit Dave

    Ricky Davis vs Good Shot Selection

    JR Smith vs Everybody on the Court after he makes 3 shots in a row

    Kwame Brown vs Catching the Basketball

  • http://twitter.com/PoppiGEE POPPI GEE

    Vince Carter and Richard Jefferson – New Squads, both trying to prove something both claiming they are the better.

    LeBron and Ron Artest – Artest throws out that to him Jay-Z is really garbage and really some cat he knew in the hood was the best rapper alive, and King James has to come to his boys defense on the court with a wild shooting night, I mean dunking night lol.

    Allen Iverson and Ray Allen – Bring it back UConn and G-Town. Ray makes a reference that A.I. needs to play his roll and Allen comes back with I’ll play my roll on you then and you try to stop me.

    Dwayne Wade and Kobe – Wade somehow gets caught in an interview saying him and Shaq would have won more rings that Kobe and Shaq if he had Shaq during his prime with that LA squad. Kobe takes offense and thus it starts.

    Hibbert vs. Oden – Both step it up and Hibbert says really he was the best center when they both were in college. Meanwhile Oden says I was a better center than you with injuries. Fight!

  • http://twitter.com/PoppiGEE POPPI GEE

    Oh yea and Joey Crawford vs. a replacement ref. Asking him does he want to fight!

  • control


    Damn, sorry I am “WOMPING” up on someone you have such an obviously intimate connection with. Facts are facts, the kid ain’t shown up for a play off series in his life. Last year, your boys won the championship DESPITE Bynum being there. Sure the guy was great in the PRESEASON and the FIRST WEEK, but hit me up in Feb if he’s still on the court. I ain’t saying the reasons he gets hurt are his fault, it’s a tragic twist of fate no doubt, but it’s a consistent one.

  • control


    BTW, my team’s center is BEASTNANI. Obviously a much better center, because he has nick names like “BEASTNANI”, “ILL Mago”, “Italian Stallion” and “Buttercup”. What are Bynum’s nicknames? Andrew “BrokeKnee” Bynum and Andrew “Make it Rain in the club!” Bynum?

    I’m sure any SCIENTIST would agree that the method in which I have determined which center is better is correct and indisputable.

  • LakeShow84

    Lol i like GEE’s rivalries..

    Oh ur womping all right Control lol.. But i agree with you.. We’ll see how hes playing in April-May.. But i dont see him slowing down much.. Even with Gasol back the kid will get more Off. rebounds and have more space to operate, lovin the left hand hook he got now.. Kid plays big and 80% of the C’s today dont even know what that means..

    “Kwame Brown vs Catching the Basketball” < Classic lol

  • LakeShow84

    @ Control..

    U shouldnt have listed the buttercup name.. thats just not gangster lol

    Ummmmmm shit all i ever call Bynum is kid lol if he makes into May the announcer will knight him and give him his due im sure..

    Shit if Vujacic can get one for a good half of a season then Bynum should get one too..

  • LakeShow84

    The Machine.. Hmph..

    anyone hear that man is dating Sharapova?? i wont offer my blessing until i seem him hit two 3’s in a game again.. and not make that 11 year old face..

  • LakeShow84

    4 in a row!

  • control


    Sasha gave HIMSELF that nickname. That shit don’t count. You have to EARN a nickname, either from doing something stupid as fuck or doing something great enough that others notice and are like “damn, that kid is now known as Liberman”.

    The Buttercup was actually a joke, they should actually call him “Rocco Siffredi” because of the way he’s being driving to the hole lately…

    Also, I don’t think it’s throwing undue hate on a guy who hasn’t made his mark when you try to compare him to a guy who might be the best center in the game right now. He’s gotta EARN that first, and he ain’t done it yet. Not saying he MIGHT not in the future, just hasn’t yet.

  • LakeShow84

    @ Control

    Laker announcers gave him that nickname.. he didnt give it to himself.. could u imagine him tellin that shit to Kobe or Phil??

    They would laugh in his face and Phil would cut his PT off top lol

    And as far as staying healthy sure i agree with you but the kid has put up #’s on every good center in the league.. And i mean everyone.. Hes dropped on All Stars (Yao, Amare, Duncan) and wannabes (Kaman, Bogut, etc) HEALTH is the main issue not skils..

  • Guitar Hero

    Mutombo vs his name

  • 85wasagreatyear

    i hate tyrone so much but LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL

  • dwight coward

    old school:

    shaq vs. ostertag

    tyrone hill vs. charles oakley

    benoit benjamin vs. joe barry carroll

    latrell sprewell vs. pj carlesimo

    jeff van gundy vs. alonzo mourning

  • http://verizon.net pdxballer

    andrew bynum is blowing greg oden out of the water

    im a blazers fan so i want to see oden win that matchup but i realize bynum has had more time to develop and at the very least greg has shown signs…

  • kowtz

    Drew vs. Howard?

    I can hear Shaq’s head steaming in envy..

    He has yet to dunk on drew back, and now Howard takes his place in the limelight… Yet again…

  • fLaVa

    Ain’t nothing gonna be bigger than…

    Donaghy vs Stern!

  • http://allthatjazzbasketball.blogspot.com/ Amar

    you forgot one of the longest rivalries that currently exist in the NBA: Jerry Sloan vs. Taking time outs when the other team is on a run

  • Sweet English

    Beastnani? What? Why? because beast begins with a B? and then you put the end of his name after? That must have name must have taken about half a second to come up with. it doesnt even 1/2 rhyme. How about Andrew Beastnum, or Kobe Beastant?

    Beast fucking nani.

    What a fucking terrible nickname.

    I’d stick to buttercup

  • Sweet English

    Or Beastercup.

  • Ian

    i have more post moves than howard.

  • RobertGingerbreadman

    Just To Let Yall Kno Melo Killed Bradon Roy Ass In Da Matchup In Da 3rd Game Of Da Season. And Can’t Nobody Fuck Wit Carmelo Rite Now (NOBODY BITCHES)(NO WADE,NO LEBRON, & NO KOBE) (We See What Melo Did To Him In Da Playoffs) But Fuck Da Results LMAO

  • Grammar Nazi

    nemesis’s? dime couldn’t spring for a dictionary? try nemeses.

  • ML

    Chris Paul vs public ignorance, for ignoring a player on track to being the greatest point guard ever and potentially the greatest offensive force ever (yes, this includes Jordan & Lebron).

    It boggles my mind how a player so great can still be this underrated.

  • Seuss

    I think it’s more likely to be Oden vs. Bynum. They both are injury prone and pick up alot of fouls and young…

  • Andy

    should be Ellis Vs. Martin

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gabriel-Brogden/507128757 GABRIEL BROGDEN

    Only if Aaron Brooks and Brandon Jennings were in the same division or same conference…classic matchups all.da.time.

  • Clark

    Big Baby vs Baby Eater (JMaxiell)

  • EXPO336


  • Borgs

    That would be saying something if your mind wasn’t perpetually boggled, ML.