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  • 06/08/2011, 09:45AM ET

Greatest Duos in NBA history

Rudedog: Believe The Hype (370-317-81) vs MasterBatter (12-10-2)
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Easy topic. The 5 greatest duos in NBA history

1. Jordan/Pippen
2. Shaq/Kobe - I don't think you can change these, honestly.

3. Stockton/Malone - I've never seen two people so reliant on one another yet so good. Relied may be the wrong word, but these two fit so perfectly together and complemented each other so well. The pick and roll was perfected by these two and it's no surprise Malone is 2nd all-time in points while Stockton is 1st in assists

4. Magic/Kareem - The big fella and Magic. Together they won 5 titles and were the Showtime Lakers of the 1980s. They didn't necessarily fit well together, but the system they played in helped them. And the each revolutionized their positions with Kareem becoming the all-time leading scorer and Magic becoming arguably the best PG ever

5. Bird/McHale - The centerpieces of the Celtics dynasty in the 80s. They won 3 titles together and they were exactly what the Celtics were about - blue collar, hard working, devoted guys.

Best of luck to whoever takes this


1. Jordan-Pippen - this is as far as our agreement goes.

2. Magic/Kareem - Arguably two top 5 players that one 5 rings together. I don't know how you say they didn't fit well together, they were almost perfect compliments. A big man that can score and an amazing guard who could get him the ball and score just as well.

3.Shaq/Kobe - If they had played longer together or had won that 4th ring I might consider putting them back at 2 but they just didn't accomplish nearly as much as Magic and Kareem.

4. Russell/Cousy The original dyanmic duo. Don't know how you can leave off guys who won 8 rings together in a span of 10 seasons. These guys were great compliments to one another and played great on both ends of the floor. Arguably the greatest center ever, easily top 3, and the best point guard from that era.

5. Malone/Stockton So hard to leave off Bird and McHale but I absolutely couldn't leave off these 2 guys for pretty much the same reason you said. I guess my final straw would be that it was truly just Stockton/Malone whereas Bird and McHale had so many other top guys including the great Robert Parish.

Good luck Rude MTC


I'm high on Malone Stockton for a couple reasons.

First, I can't think of a duo so more commonly associate with one another. When you think of one, you always think of the other. They played together so long and were so good over that time. That being said, like many other players in the 90s, they were stuck with, by most accounts, the greatest player ever in MJ. And even then they made it to 2 consecutive Finals. In the 2 years he left, they got Hakeem in his prime too.

Secondly, these two have huge stats vecause of the other. Malone is 2nd all-time in scoring because of Stockton. And Stockton is far and away first in assists because of Malone. Did they get the titles? No. But they DID have the stats comparable and better than most the other duos listed.

If these two had played in the 00s, they would have some rings. It just so happened that they got stuck in possibl the worst time period possible. To count them of for no rings is unfair. And once you do that, you have to look at stats and that puts then above the rest

Cousy/Russell comin next


Forfeited Turn


Well, well, well, that's unfortunate.

Now, I'll be honest, there isn't a great argument against Cousy/Russell. Honestly, it just came down to a personal preference. I just liked the way the other tandems I listed played together more than those guys. And it was close at the bottom with Bird/McHale and Cousy/Russell.

To me, the top 2 are untouchable, so they wouldn't have went there. I voiced my opinions of Stockton/Malone being the best true tandem, rings aside. And I couldn't put them over Magic/Kareem because homerism wouldn't let me.

So that left me with Bird/McHale. And while these two had many other greats, they were the epitome of what Boston basketball is - the scrappy, hardworking, dive for loose balls, play 100% type of players. Cousy/Russell probably belonged on the list, I just didn't like them on mine.

As for Kobe-Shaq, if not for their egos, they'd be #1 on this list. Never have we seen a perimeter player and post player so dominant. For as good as Magic-Kareem were, Kobe-Shaq was better. Shaq was in his prime, manhandling defenders and Kobe was the best distributor/scorer option they could have had.


Forfeited Turn

June 8, 2011  10:03 AM ET

Can think of a few others but it's tough to beat the ones you have listed.

June 8, 2011  10:03 AM ET

Crap I wanted this one!

June 8, 2011  10:04 AM ET

I know of a couple that have them beat at an excitement level but for overall success it's hard to beat.

June 8, 2011  10:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I know of a couple that have them beat at an excitement level but for overall success it's hard to beat.

Penny/Shaq maybe. There's one other debatable one that could be argued, IMO

June 8, 2011  10:05 AM ET

Actually I have at least one significant change and the order as well.

June 8, 2011  10:06 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Actually I have at least one significant change and the order as well.

I bet I know who it is

June 8, 2011  10:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

I bet I know who it is

I bet you do too! The order is out of whack in my opinion as well!

June 8, 2011  10:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

I bet you do too! The order is out of whack in my opinion as well!

I could see that. A lot of the other lists I saw had much different orders, but basically the same people.

June 8, 2011  10:14 AM ET

Hurry up MasterBatter so I can list my opinions.

June 8, 2011  10:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Hurry up MasterBatter so I can list my opinions.

or drop out so I can play!?! LOL

June 8, 2011  10:20 AM ET

Cousy/Russell is who I expected and who I figured Coach was talking about

June 8, 2011  10:21 AM ET

I can think of one.

June 8, 2011  10:22 AM ET

thought about the twin towers too but only 2 rings wasn't enough to make this list and they weren't the great compliments to each other like Stockton and Malone.

June 8, 2011  10:23 AM ET

I like rights list but for a few changes. You can't drop Bird/McHale and Russell/Cousy should be at number 3. As great as Malone/Stockton were together, they never got over the hump while all the other combos resulted in multiple championships.

June 8, 2011  10:24 AM ET

Sonny and Cher....

June 8, 2011  10:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

I like rights list but for a few changes. You can't drop Bird/McHale and Russell/Cousy should be at number 3. As great as Malone/Stockton were together, they never got over the hump while all the other combos resulted in multiple championships.

that was pretty much my dilemma but I guess I just couldn't really blame those guys for coming up short against the GOAT

June 8, 2011  10:28 AM ET

This should be an interesting debate. I can't wait to read the arguments!

June 8, 2011  10:35 AM ET

Excitement level I was gonna go with The Glove and the Rainman. Probably some of the best alley oops ever thrown were from Payton to Kemp. Joe D and Isiah are another good one because they were the starting guards and complimented each other very well.

June 8, 2011  10:44 AM ET

The only reason I'm not the biggest fan of the Magic/Kareem and Bird/McHale is because both teams had other great players on them.

 
June 8, 2011  10:55 AM ET

Damn it!!!

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