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Playoffs 2020

Who would you rather have for the next three years: Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis or Kawhi Leonard and Paul George?

When the LA Clippers and Dallas Mavericks face off in the first round of the 2020 NBA Playoffs, two of the NBA's best duos will go head to head.

One on side: Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, two bonafide All-Stars who have hopes of winning a title together this season. On the other: Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis, two one-time All-Stars who have the potential to dominate the league for the next decade.

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That got our NBA.com Staff wondering. While Leonard and George might be the better right duo now, would you rather have them for the next three seasons or Doncic and Porzingis?

Gilbert McGregor (@GMcGregor21): Potential is nice and all, but for the next three seasons? I'm taking Kawhi and PG-13.

Right now, I think Dallas is entering a span of years in which it will gradually advance further and further in the postseason. For LA? It's title or bust each and every year that it has Leonard and George in tow.

Kawhi is 29, PG is 30, and I can see the two having about three more great seasons alongside one another left anyway. Once those years end, I think we won't have to look far for the next duo to take over and dominate the league.

Championships are very hard to win, but I'd be surprised if Leonard and George don't raise a banner of their own in the Staples Center by 2023. As for KP and Luka? I see their peak over the next three years as a few wins in the conference finals, which isn't bad at all.

Just sign me up for the titles.

Benyam Kidane (@BenyamKidane): A lot can change in three years, that's why I'm rolling with Luka and KP.

Are the Clippers a better team than the Mavs. Yes. But for how long?

The Mavericks already have their foundation for the next decade in place with Luka Doncic and Kirstaps Porzingis forming one of the most lethal, inside-out combos in the league and as a no.7 seed in their first real season year together, they're giving big 2009-10 Oklahoma City Thunder vibes.

Doncic might be 21, but he plays like he's been in the league for 10 years and could well end up as an MVP in the next three seasons.

I don't think it would surprise anyone if the Mavericks built on this season's development and put themselves in the mix at the top of the Western Conference in 2020-21. They already have the No.1 offence in the league, but if their defence catches up, I'm sure we'll be mentioning them in the same breath as the Clippers, Lakers and co. in the coming seasons.

The Clippers' title window is right now, but will they get much better than they are currently constructed? The sky is the limit for Luka and KP.

Yash Matange (@yashmatange2694): If you had asked me who I would have wanted in 5-10 years, I might have picked the international duo of Luka and KP but for three years, I'm going Kawhi Leonard and Paul George.

Yes, the Mavericks have the best offense in the league and their two best players have not even at their prime from an age and talent standpoint. However, for a duration as short as three years, I would prefer picking something tried and tested. Kawhi Leonard is all of that.

When it matters, in the postseason, he's the best two-way player in the league. At least, until somebody outplays him. Paul George is one of the best possible No. 2 possible. Both players are long, switchy wings, in the prime of their careers, that are effective on both ends of the floor - the perfect player-type to build around or add to a roster in the modern NBA.

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