Do Portland Trail Blazers have a top-5 backcourt?

Lillard and McCollum deserve more respect than they're getting.
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The Damian Lillard/C.J. McCollum backcourt duo has been diabolical this season. They're averaging 45.4 points per game together, and proving to be an unsolvable conundrum for opposing defenses throughout the NBA. 

But how do they stack up against other backcourts? Are they in the top five? Apparently not, if you ask SB Nation's Tom Ziller

Sixth place feels low, especially when Dion Waiters is ranked ahead of them. 

But these two definitely need to improve their work on defense until they're considered one of the top three couples in the league.

Lillard is a known, certain quantity: an elite scorer and playmaker who can't defend a lick. McCollum has looked really good early this season, creating a nasty little battery that puts lots of pressure on better teams and has gotten the Portland Trail Blazers some improbable wins. He's also not a great defender. That fact could break up this duo prematurely. The other reason I've ranked them so low is that McCollum hasn't proved as much as the above two-guards (Waiters excepted).

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