No player in the NBA can do it alone. A good supporting cast is something that every star needs in order to succeed. However…..every once in a while, two-star players come together in a bond that will come to make history. Some of these bonds have been the most successful in all of the basketball. Here is the countdown for the top 8 powerhouse duo’s that have cemented their legacy forever.
Jerry West and Wilt Chamberlain
Remember when the 2013 Miami Heat went on a crazy 27 game win streak, but still fell 6 games short to what seemed like an impossible record to break? Well, THIS Laker team (led by West and Wilt) were the ones who hold that impossible record. Not only did they win 33 games in a row, they also brought home a championship to LA. With Wilt grabbing every lost ball in sight and West shooting the roof of the building, they were destined for big things from the start.
Isiah Thomas and Joe Dumars
The Bad Boy Pistons were a team that revitalized a broken franchise. The Pistons were never a team on the top of the standings. That’s why when the Pistons went through a 5 year “Golden Age”, it was something that every NBA fan wanted to be a part of. They were led by Thomas and Dumars, two stars who led the way with their attitude as well as their athleticism. To this day, no team has been able to quite replicate the chemistry these two had.
Larry Bird and Kevin McHale
Despite what people say about the Bird/McHale/Parish TRIO, the Bird/McHale duo deserves a mention as well. All respect to Robert Parish (an awe-inspiring hall of famer), McHale and Bird were the backbones of this team. Their game complimented each other perfectly, even though it seemed like an awkward fit at times. These two led their Celtics team to a 1981 NBA championship and helped cement a legacy for an organization riddled with glory.
John Stockton and Karl Malone
When two of the top players of their positions play on the same team, you know they’re going to be pretty high on this list. Even though they evidently went ringless, they always made the Jazz team something to fear. They broke records, flashed highlights, and led their team in ways the Jazz haven’t seen since. They played 18 seasons together, which is more than some individual NBA careers. Chemistry like this comes once in a lifetime.
Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler
This duo found themselves together after a midseason trade in an effort to revamp the Rockets’ effort to win the chip. Well, it worked. Drexler was the piece that helped Houston win it’s second straight championship. Together, they averaged a whopping 48 points for the Rockets in their first season together. And while sadly they could not find the magic they had that very the first year, their partnership would be one the fans in Texas would never forget.
Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Okay, now we’re getting big time. When these two came together in 1975, there were big expectations for both of them right away. They far exceeded those expectations, proving to be a truly unstoppable force in the NBA. In one of the league's most competitive eras, these two managed to win the title 5 times. Magic and Kareem were a force that nobody wanted to play, and there have been few teams that have matched what these guys achieved.
Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen
Winning is a big reason why the Jordan and Pipen duo are so high on the list. Together they won 6 championships by winning three years in a row….twice. They were the force of the league for so long, many took the team for granted. Whenever Michael had a bad game, Pipen was there to light it up. Same goes the other way, too. They always had each others backs, and their on court partnership was truly something special to watch.
Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant
Yes, Shaq and Kobe are the best duo of all time. Not only did they three peat, but they did it in a way that can only be described by one word: Dominant. While many folks say the pair had some trouble getting along, they still managed to overcome all that and win when it mattered most. This duo was the definition of unstoppable. Nobody had an answer, nobody had the cure. What makes this duo so unique is that so many distractions were waving around, trying to get in their way. There will never be another pair like this again. All of the 8 duo’s here will have their names written in the history books forever. With good reason too, as they have done so much with their times in the NBA. What we’d all give to watch one of these duos play together one last time, huh?