1. Michael Jordan & Scottie Pippen (1995-96)
I mean, what else can I say that hasn’t already been said? Is there anyone else who deserves to stand among these legends in the hallowed halls of NBA history? Who else would be here at the top, other than Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen?
No other duo in NBA history has come even close when it comes to comparing individual success on the court, accolades and awards, and raw team success. There is none other. 6 championships, 5 MVP Awards, 6 Finals MVP Awards, 18 All-NBA nominations, 21 All-Star selections,19 All-Defensive Team nominations, 10 scoring titles, 4 steals titles, and a Defensive Player of the Year award.
Their resume is thicker than a phone book.
Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen are unquestionably, without a doubt, 100% certainly the greatest duo in NBA history.
When looking at just Bulls players, there is no discussion to be had regarding the placement of MJ and Pippen. Even when looking at the NBA as a whole, they still deserve to sit on the throne. There are others, of course, who deserve mention. Shaq and Kobe, Curry and Klay, Magic and Kareem, sure, this is about as elite as it gets. But none have accomplished quite as much as Jordan and Pippen have together.
Jordan and Pippen were so successful, in fact, that the entire modern NBA is predicated on their success. It’s now accepted as almost a universal constant that one superstar is not enough to win you an NBA championship. Not only that, but players who only specialize in one side of the court are no longer viable for championship teams. Jordan and Pippen were absolutely elite on every level, players like them have helped spawn the ‘3-and-D’ movement we see so often today.
I can’t say for certain that none shall ever surpass their greatness, but I can tell you this much: no one has ever done it or is currently doing it, quite like Jordan and Pippen did it. They are the GOAT duo in NBA history.