Question No. 10: What is the greatest dynamic duo in NBA history?
Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Magic and Kareem teamed up to win five NBA Championships in the '80s (1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988) as the Lakers reached the NBA Finals eight times in the 10 seasons between 1979-80 and 1988-89.
Larry Bird and Kevin McHale
Larry Bird and Kevin McHale led the Celtics back to glory, winning three NBA Championships in the 1980s (1981, 1984 and 1986) with two more trips to the NBA Finals (1985 and 1987) during their playing days together.
Bill Russell and Bob Cousy
Russell and Cousy helped built the Boston Celtics dynasty of the '50s and '60s. As Russell held down the defensive end, Cousy ran the offense leading the league in assists for eight consecutive seasons. The two teamed up for six NBA Championships before Cousy retired; Russell would go on to win five more.
Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen
Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and their Bulls teammates dominated the '90s as Chicago "three-peated" two times during the decade, winners of six of the eight championships from 1991-98 against five different Western Conference teams.
Abdul-Jabbar and Oscar Robertson
In 1970-71, Abdul-Jabbar, then Lew Alcindor, and Robertson led the Bucks to a league-best 66 wins before going 12-2 in the playoffs and defeating Baltimore for the team's only NBA Title.
John Stockton and Karl Malone
Stockton, the NBA's all-time assists leader, and Malone, who ranks second all-time on the NBA's career scoring list, spent 18 seasons honing their pick-and-roll, making the playoffs every year they played together and reaching the Western Conference Finals five times in a seven-year stretch.
Julius Erving and Moses Malone
The 1983 Sixers racked up a 65-17 regular-season record before going an NBA-best 12-1 in the playoffs. Malone uttered the classic "Fo', fo', fo'," when asked how the Sixers would fare in the playoffs. This duo nearly delivered as the team swept New York, beat Milwaukee in five and defeated the L.A. Lakers in four straight.
Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant
Shaq and Kobe gave to Tinseltown what the Showtime Lakers never could: A dynasty. Behind O'Neal and Bryant, the Lakers three-peated from 2000-02 to become only the fourth team in the history of the NBA to win three or more consecutive titles.
Tim Duncan and David Robinson
In 1996-97, before Tim Duncan's arrival and with David Robinson out with injury, the Spurs managed only 20 victories. In Duncan's rookie season the club set a record for the largest single season turnaround, winning 56 games. The two would go on to win two NBA Championships (1999 and 2003).
Isiah Thomas and Joe Dumars
Thomas and Dumars teamed in the backcourt for the "Bad Boys" of Detroit, a group of physical, gritty players who would use suffocating defense on their way to back-to-back NBA Championships in 1989 and 1990.