Chicago Bulls: 3 most efficient teammates Michael Jordan ever had

Michael Jordan, Chicago Bulls Mandatory Credit: Brian Bahr /Allsport
Michael Jordan, Chicago Bulls Mandatory Credit: Brian Bahr /Allsport /
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Michael Jordan, Chicago Bulls
Michael Jordan, Chicago Bulls Mandatory Credit: Brian Bahr /Allsport /

During the nearly two-decade long NBA career of Chicago Bulls legendary shooting guard Michael Jordan, who were his most efficient teammates?

There will always be an underlying tendency between superstar players and efficiency, even before the reign of advanced metrics in the NBA. When all-time great shooting guard Michael Jordan was leading all of those Chicago Bulls teams to six NBA Championships during the dynasty years in the 1990’s, advanced stats didn’t carry near the significance that they do today.

In fact, advanced metrics really didn’t hit the mainstream until John Hollinger broadly made the stat known as player efficiency rating a nationally known phenomenon. Player efficiency rating has largely since been replaced by other advanced metrics like box plus/minus rating, 538’s RAPTOR rating, and ESPN’s real plus/minus rating.

Moreover, those are more of all-encompassing advanced metrics instead of focusing on specific points of a player’s game. Metrics like true shooting percentage, win shares per 48 minutes, value over replacement player, and rebounding/steal/assist/etc. percentage, focus more specifically on certain spheres of a player’s game.

As far as Jordan’s career goes with the Bulls, he had a number of solid players in the supporting cast, especially during the dynasty years. But his supporting cast was mostly lacking early in his career with the Bulls (mid-to-late 1980’s). The likes of forwards Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman, big men Charles Oakley and Horace Grant, and guards/wings Toni Kukoc and BJ Armstrong made a big impact alongside Jordan.

But who are the absolute most efficient teammates that Jordan had during his NBA career and why? We’re taking into account the most common all-encompassing advanced metrics along with the broader more specific advanced stats.

Here’s a look into the three most efficient teammates that Jordan ever had during his playing days in the NBA with the Bulls, and with the Washington Wizards as a consideration.