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    Interesting list and pretty good overall.
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    I immediately thought of Oscar Robertson and Lew Alcindor/Kareem Jabbar. I watched them play for Milwaukee. I expected them to be ranked higher. The reason for their low ranking included the fact that they had a third good player on the team, Bob Dandridge, and weren't strictly just a duo. However, that criteria wasn't applied consistently when you consider many other duos listed, esp. off of Celtic and Lakers teams. But, my reasons for ranking them higher would be heavily weighted by sentiment. Good list and fun to read through. It's hard to argue with their #1 pick, Jordan and Pippen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldgrappler View Post
    I immediately thought of Oscar Robertson and Lew Alcindor/Kareem Jabbar. I watched them play for Milwaukee. I expected them to be ranked higher. The reason for their low ranking included the fact that they had a third good player on the team, Bob Dandridge, and weren't strictly just a duo. However, that criteria wasn't applied consistently when you consider many other duos listed, esp. off of Celtic and Lakers teams. But, my reasons for ranking them higher would be heavily weighted by sentiment. Good list and fun to read through. It's hard to argue with their #1 pick, Jordan and Pippen.
    I think the main reason was because the Big O was on the downward slide of his career. Of course just about every player would love to have played so well on his/her regular career.

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    Kobe/Shaq>Magic/Kareem

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    Did Jerry West and Wilt Chamberlain ever play together? If so, they might have been past their prime but they still would have been a good duo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tcjkbt View Post
    Did Jerry West and Wilt Chamberlain ever play together? If so, they might have been past their prime but they still would have been a good duo.
    From 1968 to 1974 I believe. They appeared in the NBA Finals in '69 (lost in 7), '70 (lost in 7), '72 (Won it in 5), '73 (Lost in 5).

    Both were on the downward flight but still adding something to the mix.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PurplePride92 View Post
    Kobe/Shaq>Magic/Kareem
    I can see that. Maybe.

    In the early 80's, Kareem was still averaging in the mid 20's in points and 8 to 10 boards a game. Magic was averaging 18-20 and 8-9 boards and 8-9 assists per game.

    Kobe was averaging mid 20's and 5 boards during their Shaq run. Shaq was averaging about 28 points and 12 board per game in their run.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hatz View Post
    I can see that. Maybe.

    In the early 80's, Kareem was still averaging in the mid 20's in points and 8 to 10 boards a game. Magic was averaging 18-20 and 8-9 boards and 8-9 assists per game.

    Kobe was averaging mid 20's and 5 boards during their Shaq run. Shaq was averaging about 28 points and 12 board per game in their run.
    Kobe and Shaq won 3 in a row. Magic and Kareem didn't. Magic choked in the Finals multiple times and his teams were annually better than anything Kobe and Shaq ever played with.

    Kobe and Shaq went 16-1 in the playoffs once. Magic and Kareem never did that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PurplePride92 View Post
    Kobe and Shaq won 3 in a row. Magic and Kareem didn't. Magic choked in the Finals multiple times and his teams were annually better than anything Kobe and Shaq ever played with.

    Kobe and Shaq went 16-1 in the playoffs once. Magic and Kareem never did that.
    Can't really argue that.

    So do you think the Kobe-Shaq team played a squad equal to the 1983 Philadelphia 76'ers? (Remember that Magic didn't choke in that one. They just got beat. Well and it didn't help that James Worthy was missing)

    Were any of the Kobe-Shaq opponents as good as the Celtics in '84?

    Of course Kobe and Shaq lost to the powerful Detroit Pistons in the Finals. Hamilton and Rasheed and Ben were Hall of Famers. Or does that choke not count?

    Was being swept in 1999 part of the equation as well vs the Spurs?

    Magic's First 8 seasons with Kareem went like this:

    1st Beat 76'ers for Title
    2nd Lost in First Round
    3rd Beat 76'ers for Title
    4th Lost in Finals to 76'ers
    5th Lost in Finals to Celtics
    6th Beat Celtics for Title
    7th Lost in Conference Semi-Finals
    8th Beat Celtics for Title

    Kobe's First eight seasons with Shaq went like this:

    1st Lost in Semi-Finals
    2nd Lost in Conference Finals
    3rd Lost in Semi-Finals
    4th Beat Pacers for the Title
    5th Beat the 76'ers for the Title
    6th Beat the Nets for the Title
    7th Lost in the Semi-Finals
    8th Lost in the Finals to Pistons

    Pretty even. Kobe won three in a row, I get that. Look at their Finals opponents and let's talk about that.

    Magic won 4 in the same amount of time and failed to make the Finals only twice.

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