Which duos were the greatest in your opinions? I'm not trying to rank them, just acknowledging the one-two combos that were either the most entertaining to watch or just downright amazing to see on the same team.
I'll start with the obvious ones:
Michael "His Airness" Jordan & Scottie Pippen
6 NBA Finals appearances with 6 NBA titles. They made the Chicago Bulls the most respectable and arguably world renowned team in the world. No matter where you went, everyone knew about MJ & Pippen. They even destroyed the next combo in the Finals...
John Stockton & Karl "The Mailman" Malone
These two are probably the greatest duo to never win a title. They perfected the pick-and-roll, making opposing teams' defense look foolish at times. Honestly, it's a shame they played in the MJ era because in any other era, there's no way they don't win at least one ring together. Both are arguably top 3 in their positions, as well as top 20 in NBA history, with Malone definitely being a top 10 player.
Kobe "Black Mamba" Bryant & "The Big Diesel" Shaquille O'Neal
They won 3 rings in 4 NBA Final appearances. If they had worked things out and remained on the same squad, I guarantee they'd have won a few more. Honestly, as a Lakers fan, I feel like we missed out on these two proving to be the best one-two combo in NBA history, but I digress. Both are clearly top 10 players, and more importantly, they both made the Lakers relevant again after a long dry spell in the '90s after Magic's retirement.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar & Earvin "Magic" Johnson
5 rings. The greatest PG of all-time and one of the greatest Centers of all-time. Enough said.
Some honorable mentions:
Dwyane Wade & LeBron James
LBJ may not be the most likable guy in NBA history (hell, one could argue he's the most hated since Rodman retired), but there's no denying that these two are one of the best duos to play side-by-side in the NBA. The way they joined forces may have been the most disrespectful way for two players to join, with a certain "King" claiming to win 7+ titles without having even suited up for a game yet, but they're entertaining to watch and I'm 100% sure they bring higher ratings to the NBA simply by being the villains on the court, night in/night out.
Kevin Durant & Russell Westbrook
How often do you see a team go from ~20 wins to 50 in a matter of an off-season, not making the Playoffs to suddenly being the favorites heading into the Western Conference Finals, taking a franchise with low expectations to one where everyone is almost certain they'll win a title? Not too often, that's for sure. It's only been a few seasons since these two guys began playing together, but you'll be hard-pressed in finding another duo that has taken an "Eh..." team and turned them into one of the best in the league. Whether or not you agree they can go down in history as one of the best duos to play the game, one thing is certain: they're destined for success if they manage to remain on the same squad for a few years.
You guys can go ahead and drop some other duos worth noting.
I want to reassure anyone and everyone that this isn't meant to be a "rank the best duos in NBA history" thread. I'm just wanting to acknowledge one-two combos who have held any relevance whatsoever.
I know there are plenty of others worth naming, but I'll leave that up to you guys.