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Old 07-22-2013, 02:42 AM   #1
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Default Rank these 3 postseason duos.

1986 Bird/McHale
Bird: 26/9/8/2 on 52/41/93
McHale: 25/9/3/2 on 58 FG%

1991 Jordan/Pippen
Jordan: 31/6/8/2 on 52 FG%
Pippen: 21/9/6/3 on 50 FG%

2001 Shaq/Kobe
Shaq: 30/15/3/2 on 56 FG%
Kobe: 29/7/6/2 on 47 FG%
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Default Re: Rank these 3 postseason duos.

1) 2001 Shaq/Kobe
Shaq: 30/15/3/2 on 56 FG%
Kobe: 29/7/6/2 on 47 FG%

2) 1991 Jordan/Pippen
Jordan: 31/6/8/2 on 52 FG%
Pippen: 21/9/6/3 on 50 FG%

3) 1986 Bird/McHale
Bird: 26/9/8/2 on 52/41/93
McHale: 25/9/3/2 on 58 FG%

No, i am not kidding. i might not like kobe but shaq and kobe are the only top 10 players duo in that list.mchale and pippen are not top 10 players of all time. bird/mchale played on a team that was even more stacked than 2001 lakers or 1991 bulls.

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Old 07-22-2013, 02:50 AM   #3
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Default Re: Rank these 3 postseason duos.

How good would a 2000 Shaq/ 2008 Kobe combo be?
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Old 07-22-2013, 02:50 AM   #4
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Default Re: Rank these 3 postseason duos.

1. Shaq and Kobe
2. Bird and McHale
3. Jordan and Pippen
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Default Re: Rank these 3 postseason duos.

Has there ever been a 2nd option that had an easier time scoring than '86 McHale? Averaging 25 points on only 16 shots is pretty crazy.

BTW 2001 Shaq/Kobe is easily #1 on my list. Arguably the GOAT Center peak wise paired with a top 3 guard of all time who just became a superstar, that is hard to beat.

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1. Shaq and Kobe
2. Bird and McHale
3. Jordan and Pippen

That's how I have it as well. #2 and #3 are close to me, both Bird & MJ at their peak, Jordan has the edge, but the fact that McHale can take over a game with his scoring puts Bird/McHale over MJ/Pippen, McHale was also an elite defender, it's not like Pippen has a huge edge on the defensive end.

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Jordan and the other guy
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Old 07-22-2013, 07:54 AM   #7
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Default Re: Rank these 3 postseason duos.

1.2001 Shaq/Kobe
2.1986 Bird/McHale
3.1991 Jordan/Pippen

Only reason MJ/Pippen are 3rd is because '91 Pippen was a pretty distant 3rd among the second options, though he had a great playoff run and was really breaking out as a player.

How about '92 MJ/Pippen?

Jordan- 35/6/6/2, 50%
Pippen- 20/8/7/2/1, 47%

In addition to McHale's numbers and his famous post game, another impressive thing about his playoff run was his defense on Nique in the ECSF. Of course Bird played some of his best ball that same series.

Really difficult to rank '91 MJ/Pippen and '86 Bird/McHale, though. The Celtics obviously had a lot more than the Bulls did after their duo, yet Chicago still destroyed their competition with a 13-2 record.

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How good would a 2000 Shaq/ 2008 Kobe combo be?

Not much different. Only difference between 2000 and 2001 Shaq was that 2000 Shaq was more focused and motivated the entire season, but by the second half and playoffs he was at the same level he was in 2000.

The way Kobe played in the 2001 playoffs was very similar to how he played in 2008 as far as an all around game. Only difference was that he was even more skilled in '08, not that he needed to be, though since he was already averaging 29 per game in the '01 playoffs, and the '01 playoffs are probably the most aggressive I've seen him attack the rim.
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Old 07-22-2013, 10:19 AM   #8
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How good would a 2000 Shaq/ 2008 Kobe combo be?

Could 2008 Kobe have dealt with being the second option?
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