Everyone knows Michael Jordan. Anyone has a great picture in mind of how good he was when he was playing in the NBA. His career in basketball included 14 All-star games, 6 NBA championships, and 2 Olympic gold medals. But, like all the players out there, his career also added a bunch of teammates to play, some who were more memorable than the others. We took a look back through Jordan’s entire season in the NBA and ranked his teammates based on how they played during their time with Michael. Other accomplishments that these players had in the NBA were ignored.
Christian Laettner, who is also known as a Duke legend, was a teammate of Michael on two different occasions: one was in the minor part of the 1992 “Dream Team” and the other one as with the Washington Wizards. Laettner is said to be a fierce competitor. When he was teammates with Michael in Washington, he even averaged about 8 points, six rebounds, and three assists per game. During Michael’s last couple of games, Laettner shot nearly 50% from the floor. They both had more history together than any others.
Just like Christian Laettner, Gene Banks was also a Duke Basketball hero and had spent two seasons alongside Michael. Jordan Gene Banks played at the very beginning of Michael’s career in basketball. When they were part of the Chicago Bulls for two seasons, Banks managed to have an average score of 10 points and less than five rebounds per game. Banks was a key player for Michael for he was a reliable teammate. Those two seasons that Gene Banks had ended up to be his final ones alongside Michael Jordan.
Chris Whitney, an NBA journeyman, spent only one season together with MJ, but he made the most out of it. During the season in 2001-2002, Whitney displayed his athleticism in all his 82 games, starting in 81 of them. He averaged 10.2 points per game with a .406 from the three-point range. It is said that it was the only season apart from his 12 seasons in the NBA wherein Whitney averaged double figures in scoring. Maybe he’s trying to show off to Michael what skills he got?
Larry Hughes is a very exceptional player. If you are wondering why he became one, then maybe being the only player that appears on both Michael Jordan and LeBron James’ most excellent teammates could be the answer. Hughes spent only one season playing with Jordan for the Washington Wizards. During that year, Larry averaged 12.8 points per game, which is a notch below his career average of 14.1. But despite this, he was considered to be one of Jordan’s most reliable teammates that season for shooting 47 percent from the floor.
Tyronn Lue was known to be a former coach of LeBron James and also one of those people who led the team of the Cleveland Cavaliers to own a championship. Lue spent two years with MJ in Washington. In those years, Ty averaged better than 8 points and 3.5 assists per game. He was known to be an accurate shooter both of those years. He also reached an averaging mark of 43 percent shooting from the floor and also 45 percent from the three-point range in the year 2001-2002.
This big man, Will Perdue, standing seven-foot-tall, spent his six seasons alongside Michael Jordan in Chicago, including here is winning three championship titles. Will Perdue’s best season with Michael Jordan came in his last year playing for the Chicago Bulls. He was a starter for 78 games, and he averaged 8 points, 6.7 rebounds, and shooting better than 55 percent from the field. Will Perdue’s overall statistics while playing with MJ is not that flowery as compared to others, but surely, he was there in that entire Bulls run.
Let’s just say that you have to feel for Corzine, he was Jordan’s center for his first five seasons in the NBA and missed out on any championship in Chicago. He played with MJ from the year 1984 to 1989. In those years, he averaged 8.4 points with 5.7 rebounds in a game that is mostly coming off the bench. The year 1987-98 was considered to be his best year with Michael, when he averaged 10.1 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game, playing 30 minutes per game.
Sam Vincent’s playing time with Michael Jordan is considered to be smaller and shorter than any other combo that comes from this list, but there were clearly sparks and mutual understanding in the court when they were briefly on the same offense. In this picture, you will see Sam Vincent during his time in Orlando. He joined the Chicago Bulls via trade in the middle of the 1987-1988 season and was gone a year later or two. During the half-season, Vincent averaged 13 points and 8.4 assists per game.
John Paxson is one of Michael Jordan’s longtime teammates at his early age in Chicago. Paxson was also part of his first three championship teams. John averaged 7.9 points with 3.8 assists a game during his eight seasons with Michael Jordan. The most memorable season for him is the year 1986-1987, he averaged 11.3 points and 5.7 assists per game while playing all the games belonging to that year. John Paxson also averaged double figures in scoring for the 1989 to 1990 season.
Sidney Green is a power forward and came into the league a year before Michael. They only got two seasons playing with each other before they parted in their separate ways. But in the last year of Green playing with Michael, he had his outstanding season, which is in 1985-1986, averaging 13.5 points and 8.2 rebounds per game. Green never won a championship title with or without Jordan. But, many analysts said that if they played along together for a long time, they could have been a tremendous offensive duo.
George Gervin was the first future Hall of Famer that Jordan had the chance to team up with. After great years in his team San Antonio Spurs, George Gervin joined the team Chicago Bulls for a single year before he retired. While playing for the Chicago Bulls, he made up nearly a career-low numbers, which is still better than almost everyone else who is part of the team. That season he managed to have 16.2 points per game and shot 47 percent from the field at the age of 33.
In his third year in his NBA career, this future NBA champion Richard Hamilton or also known as “Rip” Hamilton, got the privilege to play alongside the legend, Michael Jordan, in Washington. In that particular season, Hamilton showed off his great talent and exceptional abilities in the sports of basketball, averaging 20.0 points per game, which made him and Michael Jordan be the only players in Washington to average at least 20 points in a game. This season ended up being the best season in his basketball career.
Quintin Dailey is known to be a rising star in his team Chicago Bulls right before Michael Jordan was drafted in 1984. But despite Michael’s presence in the team, Quintin Dailey continued to impress the fans on the way he played. For those two years alongside Michael Jordan, he still managed to have 16 points per game, even if he was not part of the starting lineup. He was a starter before Michael Jordan got there and was relegated to sixth-man status after. Dailey was Jordan’s sharpshooting wingman.
Ron Harper was a five-time NBA champion who played a big part in MJ’s second run in Chicago, where the Bulls won three consecutive rings alongside MJ. Ron Harper was part of the starting lineup during that historic Bulls era. His game statistics became pale as compared to his teammates, but he was still considered to be a constant threat. The year 1997 to 1998 was his best season, averaging 9.3 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 1.3 steals per game, playing in all the Bulls’ 82 games for Jordan’s final title.
Jerry Stackhouse, a fellow North Carolina, Tar Heel, and who is also considered to be the only teammate of Michael Jordan that holds the distinction to be the only teammate ever to outscore the legendary for an entire season. During Michael’s last and final season in the NBA, Stackhouse managed to lead the Wizards in scoring, averaging 21.5 points per game, compared to Michael Jordan’s 20.0 points per game. This fact alone ensured him a spot in this list to be one of the most excellent teammates Michael Jordan ever had.
This man right here could be distinguished as the coach of the best shooting team in the history of the NBA, the Golden State Warriors. Steve Kerr was an outstanding shooter not only for Michael but also for their team, Chicago Bulls. Kerr won three titles alongside Michael Jordan and is considered to be a mainstay of the box scores during his second run in Chicago. He averaged 8,1 points per game during his four seasons with Michael, also shooting 51% from the floor and 48% from three-point range.
Orlando Woolridge is like Quintin Dailey. He was also a star from the Chicago Bulls before Michael came in, he was gone for a couple of seasons right after the legendary arrived. Woolridge is standing 6-foot and 9-inch forward and had high numbers in his two seasons with Michael Jordan. For the year 1984 to 1986, Woolridge was only the Bulls player to average 20 points per game aside from Jordan. He was a very accurate shooter who led their team when Jordan missed games because of a broken foot.
This Australian center, Luc Longley, was one of the biggest guys Michael Jordan ever played with. He made a significant impact in Michael Jordan’s second three-peat in Chicago. For a total of four years, Longley averaged 9.1 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks per game. The year 1997-1998 was Longley’s best year alongside Michael and also his best for his career, wherein he averaged 11.4 points and 5.9 rebounds per game.
Bill Cartwright was also a significant impact and a reliable low-post threat for their team, Chicago Bulls. He was an important player for Michael because Cartwright was the veteran presence of Jordan’s first three title teams in their team. In five years for Cartwright alongside Michael Jordan, he averaged 9.6 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. However, his numbers did not finally slip up until the 1992-93 season where he was 35 years old. In his first two seasons with Michael, he averaged 12 points and seven rebounds per game.
Charles Oakley’s and Michael Jordan’s career spanned nearly all the same years as they played together. From beginning to end. From 1985 to 1988 was his three years and three seasons playing with Michael Jordan in Chicago, Oakley managed to have 12.2 points and 11.6 rebounds per games, while playing for a total of 77 games every year. These two are considered to be the real dynamic duo and believed to have likely could’ve done great things if they stayed longer together. Unfortunately, Oakley never won a championship.
B.J. Armstrong made his way up just to play alongside Michael Jordan. From his five seasons, he became a backup rising to a starter. He joined the Bulls as a rookie in 1990, and his statistics were getting better and better until he left the franchise in 1995. He won three titles in Chicago playing with Michael Jordan. During his time playing with MJ, he averaged more than 11 points and three assists per game, with only one missing a regular game in season. Armstrong was a reliable and hardworking teammate.
This Croatian forward Toni Kukoc is said to be the best sixth man that Jordan has ever played with. He played a major part in his team’s second run in the NBA that produced three championships. In all his four years playing alongside Jordan, Kukoc averaged 13.9 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 4.2 assists per game. He made all of that in less than 30 minutes playing time on the court. In 1994-95, Kukoc immediately made himself stand out among others, he contributed nearly 16 points per game off the bench.
It is not a coincidence that Dennis Rodman only played three seasons with the Bulls, and all those three seasons was a title for them. He and Jordan managed to get those rings in his three years stay in the Bulls. Rodman’s gameplay is not about the scores that he is gaining, but he was considered as the most excellent pure rebounder of all time. Which happened to be the area that Jordan is not strong enough. In his three seasons with Michael, he averaged an astonishing 15.3 rebounds per game.
Horace Grants, with his signature goggles, was considered to be the best big man that Michael Jordan ever teamed with in terms of consistency, productions in all around the aspects of playing, and longevity as partners. Horace Grant’s first six seasons were spent teaming up with Jordan. Wherein his production was a major factor behind the success of Michael Jordan’s three championship titles. Grant averaged 12.2 points, 8.3 rebounds, and one block per game. Grant’s rookie season is the only season where he averaged less than 12 points per match.
Of course, who else could it be? The famous Scottie Pippen, who is part of the Hall of Fame achieved by his own merits and the only player who was part of all six Jordan’s championship rings and who is also the only guy who proved that he could match his production in every step of the way. The bread and butter of the Bulls, Jordan, and Pippen, good as a one-two punch in every team in NBA history. Pippen consistently ranked second in all areas next to Michael Jordan.