Jalen Rose says Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum are the most underrated NBA duo

LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. Russell Westbrook and James Harden. Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving

This offseason, the NBA has officially become a league of duos — two superstars joining forces on one team in the hopes of winning a championship. With the dynastic Golden State Warriors falling to the Toronto Raptors in the 2019 Finals and losing several key players to injury or free agency since, it feels like this upcoming season is anyone's game. 

Through all the max contracts and requested trades, however, ESPN analyst Jalen Rose says there's one static pair that isn't getting the attention they deserve: the Portland Trail Blazers' Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum. 

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"The problem is, they got to the playoffs the past few years and they got swept," Rose told AOL.com of the Blazers, courtesy of Dick's Sporting Goods. "What ends up happening is we dismiss what they do in the regular season and say, 'Show us in the playoffs.' Then this year, they made it to the Western Conference Finals."

Portland finished as the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference in both of the past two seasons, jumping up from No. 8 in 2016-17. Lillard also had one of the most memorable shots of this year's playoffs that sent his Blazers to the Western Conference Semifinals. 

Rose has previously stated that he believes the Los Angeles Clippers' shiny new duo consisting of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George is the best in the league, which should make for several interesting battles out west.

"People know about Philly, people obviously know about the Splash Brothers and the duos in L.A.," Rose said, "so I would think that [Lillard and McCollum] are the underrated duo."

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Portland Trail Blazers' C.J. McCollum, left, and Damian Lillard watch from the bench during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks Monday, Dec. 21, 2015, in Atlanta. Leading scorers Lillard and McCollum sat out for Monday night's game due to injuries. Lillard has plantar fasciitis in his left foot. McCollum has two sprained ankles. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
FILE - In this March 26, 2016, file photo, Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) celebrates with teammate C.J. McCollum (3) after hitting a shot late in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers in Portland, Ore. Portland's backcourt duo of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum are partners on the court and friends off it. Their almost symbiotic relationship has helped carry the surprising Trail Blazers into playoff position. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes, File)
Portland Trail Blazers guard C.J. McCollum, left, and guard Damian Lillard, right, react after making a basket during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016. The Trail Blazers won 124-121. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)
Portland Trail Blazers guard C.J. McCollum (3) and Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
C.J. McCollum (3), de los Trail Blazers de Portland, festeja con su compañero Damian Lillard durante el encuentro del martes 7 de febrero de 2017, ante los Mavericks de Dallas (AP Foto/Tony Gutiérrez)
Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum, left, and guard Damian Lillard react after McCollum scored late in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks in Portland, Ore., Tuesday, March 21, 2017. The Bucks won 93-90. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)
Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, left, and guard CJ McCollum during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks in Portland, Ore., Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018. The Trail Blazers won 117-108. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)
Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard restrains guard CJ McCollum during the first half of Game 4 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the New Orleans Pelicans in New Orleans, Saturday, April 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Scott Threlkeld)
Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum, left, and guard Damian Lillard celebrate after McCollum hit a shot late in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves in Portland, Ore., Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018. The Blazers won 113-105. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)
Portland Trail Blazers' Damian Lillard (0) and CJ McCollum (3) during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Portland Trail Blazers' CJ McCollum (3) talks to his teammate Damian Lillard (0) during an NBA basketball game between Los Angeles Clippers and Portland Trail Blazers, Tuesday, March 12, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum, left, and guard Damian Lillard, right, talk after McCollum was fouled during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Charlotte Hornets in Portland, Ore., Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)
Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum, left, and guard Damian Lillard, right, talk after McCollum was fouled during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Charlotte Hornets in Portland, Ore., Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - APRIL 21: Damian Lillard #0 talks with CJ McCollum #3 of the Portland Trail Blazers during a game against the Oklahoma City Thunder during Round One Game Three of the 2019 NBA Playoffs on April 21, 2019 at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. The Trail Blazers defeated the Thunder 111-98. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - APRIL 21: Damian Lillard #0 and CJ McCollum #3 of the Portland Trail Blazers huddle at mid court during a game against the Oklahoma City Thunder during Round One Game Three of the 2019 NBA Playoffs on April 21, 2019 at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. The Trail Blazers defeated the Thunder 111-98. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 24: CJ McCollum #3 (L), Damian Lillard #0 and Terry Stotts of the Portland Trail Blazers talk late in the fourth quarter against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center on November 24, 2017 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - MARCH 27: CJ McCollum #3 of the Portland Trail Blazers and Damian Lillard #0 talk during the second half against the New Orleans Pelicans at the Smoothie King Center on March 27, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 30: Portland Trail Blazers Guard Damian Lillard (0) and Portland Trail Blazers Guard CJ McCollum (3) look on during an NBA game between the Portland Trail Blazers and the Los Angeles Clippers on January 30, 2018 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
PORTLAND, OR - APRIL 14: Damian Lillard #0 of the Portland Trail Blazers and CJ McCollum #3 of the Portland Trail Blazers in the first half of Game One of the Western Conference quarterfinals against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the 2019 NBA Playoffs at Moda Center on April 14, 2019 in Portland, Oregon. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)
Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) and Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum (3) in the second half of Game 2 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series Wednesday, May 1, 2019, in Denver. Portland won 97-90. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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