Who is Michael Jordan's best teammate ever? His Airness had a lot of NBA All Star teammates over the course of his long and storied NBA career. Michael Jordan's greatest teammates have included NBA champions, longtime journeyman, and the rare talented rookie here and there. But who is the best Michael Jordan teammate of all time? Which of Air Jordan's teammates throughout his entire career do you love?
When it comes to Michael Jordan's best teammates, Scottie Pippen has to be at the top. The duo joined forces to win six NBA championships in eight years for the Chicago Bulls. Other Michael Jordan teammates like Dennis Rodman, Steve Kerr, Horace Grant, and Toni Kukoć, who were instrumental in title runs alongside MJ. Lest we forget, Michael Jordan teammates Bill Cartwright, Ron Harper, B. J. Armstrong, Rip Hamilton, and Charles Oakley, who are among some the best NBA players of all time.
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Considered one of the greatest small forwards of all time, Pippen, along with Michael Jordan, played an important role in transforming the Bulls into a championship team and in popularizing the NBA around the world during the 1990s. He won six NBA championships with the Chicago Bulls. He was named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team eight consecutive times and the All-NBA First Team three times. He was a seven-time NBA All-Star and was the NBA All-Star Game MVP in 1994. He was named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History during the 1997 season, and is one of four players to have his jersey retired by the Chicago Bulls (the others being Jerry Sloan, Bob Love, and Jordan).
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The Wizards first round pick in 1999, Hamilton struggled to make an impact his first two seasons in the NBA, playing primarily at small forward. Until Michael Jordan announced that he would return to the court for the Wizards. With Jordan now the team's small forward, Hamilton moved back to shooting guard and assumed the starting role. Hamilton and Jordan were limited to 60 games due to injuries, but the duo helped improve the team's final record to 37–45, effectively an 18-game improvement over the previous season. Though they missed the playoffs, Hamilton averaged 20 points a game for the season while finishing second in the league in free throw percentage, shooting 89 percent from the free throw line.
Prior to the 1995–96 season, Rodman was traded to the Chicago Bulls for center Will Perdue to fill a large void at power forward left by Horace Grant. Although the trade for the already 34-year-old and volatile Rodman was considered a gamble at that time, the power forward quickly adapted to his new environment, helped by the fact that his best friend Jack Haley was also traded to the Bulls. Under coach Phil Jackson, he won his fifth, sixth, and seventh consecutive rebounding titles, and was part of the great Bulls team that won 72 of 82 regular season games, an NBA record at the time. For his efforts, he left the Bulls in 1999 with his third, fourth, and fifth NBA championships in hand.
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In June 1988, Cartwright was traded to the Chicago Bulls for big man Charles Oakley. The Bulls were willing to part with Oakley, the league's second-leading rebounder because of their need for a center and the rapid development of power forward Horace Grant. Cartwright was the Bulls' starting center string of three consecutive NBA championships in 1991, 1992 and 1993.