During his nearly two-decades playing in the NBA, who are the most underrated teammates that former Chicago Bulls great Michael Jordan had?
When Chicago Bulls fans, and just general basketball fans, think about the most notable teammates of all-time great shooting guard Michael Jordan most names that come to mind are the likes of Scottie Pippen, Horace Grant, Dennis Rodman, etc. Most also would forget about any of the teammates he would’ve been with during his two season run at the very end of his playing days with the Washington Wizards.
But there are often forgotten teammates of Jordan that actually posted some really solid numbers, especially looking at the advanced metrics, that are worth noting in this discussion. Advanced stats weren’t noted as much during the 1980’s and 1990, and even in the early 2000’s, but it presents an interesting way to look back at the most efficient Jordan teammates of his NBA career.
Jordan played in the NBA starting in the 1984-85 season, and going to the conclusion of the 2002-03 regular season. He began his career with the Bulls after they selected him out of the North Carolina Tar Heels basketball program in the first round of the 1984 NBA Draft. He would have two different retirements during his playing days before he officially hung ’em up at the conclusion of the 2002-03 seasons with the Wizards.
Over the course of nearly two decades of playing days in the NBA, Jordan won six NBA Championships, five MVP’s was an All-Star selection 14 times, and won 10 scoring titles. He is one of the very best to ever do it and brought a lot of his teammates to new heights.
Here’s a look back at three of the most underrated teammates of Jordan during his NBA career.