I'll say Scottie Pippen, clearly. He's the type of player who would complement virtually ANY superstar.
-One of best perimeter defenders
-He can take over if he needs to, and
-Understands IN HIS HEART how to win, even if it means deferring, even if he has a natural alpha personality
-Does a lot of the dirty work for the team
Consider Tex Winters said that MJ may have needed Pippen more than Pippen needed him. Plug Pippen into any other team with a superstar and they'll be immediate contenders. Plug MJ into any other team with another superstar and they'll have to work on chemistry issues/game overlapping.
Imagine teams with
whoever. Plug Pippen in and you can see how they'd work. Put MJ instead? Lol with the exception of maybe Hakeem, Wilt (in his later years), and Duncan there will be trades, complaints about touches, major chemistry issues, etc.
Oh, and before people start yapping about how MJ is nothing without Pippen, consider how Pippen unequivocally said that training and playing with MJ was grueling, but definitely made him into the great player he became.
The Wilt-West tandem in the 69-70 season were on path for TWO players averaging 30 + ppg.
With a new coach, who made the decision to go with Wilt as the main offensive option, and in the first nine games of the season...
Wilt was leading the league at 32.2 ppg, on a .579 FG% (and 20.0 rpg), while West was second at 30.8 ppg. Chamberlain shredded his knee in that ninth game, and was never the same again, while West did go on to lead the NBA in scoring at 31.2 ppg that year.