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The Kings' newest players - draft picks Ben McLemore and Ray McCallum - are introduced to Sacramento at a news conference at Sleep Train Arena on Monday. July 1, 2013.

Poll

Which NBA team will have the most exciting young backcourt next season?

Leading Off: Vasquez, McLemore: Dynamic guard duo

Published: Thursday, Jul. 11, 2013 - 12:14 am | Page 1C
Last Modified: Wednesday, Sep. 18, 2013 - 12:09 pm

When the Kings open the season this fall, there could be four new starters surrounding big man DeMarcus Cousins: Greivis Vasquez at point guard, Ben McLemore at shooting guard, Carl Landry at power forward and Luc Mbah a Moute at small forward.

Vasquez and McLemore have the potential to be one of the most exciting young backcourts in the NBA.

Vasquez, 26, averaged nine assists and 13.9 points last season, his third, and he could the Kings' best point guard since Mike Bibby.

McLemore, 20, can flat-out shoot, something the Kings desperately need to stretch defenses and open the middle for Cousins.

In comparison, here are four of the top young (26 or under) backcourts in the NBA:

• Stephen Curry, 25, and Klay Thompson, 23, Warriors: They showed how good they are together last season, combining for 38.6 points and 9.9 assists and leading the Warriors on their playoff run.

• James Harden, 23, and Jeremy Lin, 24, Rockets: Lin proved last season he's more than a one-month wonder, and Harden is, well, Harden. They combined for 39.3 points and 11.9 assists.

• Kyrie Irving, 21, and Dion Waiters, 21, Cavaliers: In his first season, Waiters joined Irving to give Cleveland an impressive backcourt for years to come. They combined for 37.2 points and 8.9 assists.

• John Wall, 22, and Bradley Beal, 20, Wizards: Neither played a full season because of injuries, but they were on the court enough to give Washington fans hope for the future, combining for 32.4 points and 10 assists.

Today's poll

Which NBA team will have the most exciting young backcourt next season?

• Cavaliers

• Kings

• Rockets

• Warriors

• Wizards

• Other

Vote above or leave your comments in the comment field; or, go to www.sacbee.com/sports

Wednesday's results

Does it bother you that Colin Kaepernick was seen wearing a Dolphins cap?

• Yes, he should wear a 49ers cap: 21%

• A little bit, but I know what he'll wear this fall: 22%

• No, it's just a cap, nothing more: 57%

Total votes: 575

Call The Bee's Tom Couzens, (916) 321-1097. Follow him on Twitter @tomcouzens.

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