Can You Match These Iconic NBA Duos to the Right Team?

By: Beth Hendricks

7 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Tom and Jerry. Peanut butter and jelly. Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen. What do these three things have in common? They're all dynamic duos we have a hard time picturing separately. Of course, this quiz isn't about cartoons or sandwiches, but that last one ... that's the one we want to key in on.

Jordan and Pippen were like salt and pepper ... like macaroni and cheese ... like milk and cookies. They just went together. With Jordan's offensive prowess and Pippen's stifling defense, the pair took over the National Basketball Association in the 1990s, winning six championship titles together. Sure, Jordan was a phenom by himself, but it wasn't until Pippen came along that Jordan fully came into his own. The chemistry between the two was undeniable, and the Bulls have the trophies to prove it.

Of course, the Jordan-Pippen combo hasn't been the only dynamic duo the league has seen. The late, great Kobe Bryant was one-half of a few fearsome twosomes. Wilt Chamberlain paired up a few times to roll over opponents. And though he doesn't have quite as much history, LeBron James has paired up well with other superstars in duos that may in time be considered among the best ever.

So now it's time for you to hit the court, er, quiz. We've named the iconic duos; now, you tell us where they played. Can you score a double-double? 

Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen are arguably the greatest duo of all time, bringing home six championships for which of these teams?

The Chicago Bulls enjoyed two runs of this infamous duo — once from 1987 to 1993 and for a second time from 1995 to 1998. Balancing the perfect offense with the perfect defense, the pair won six titles for the Chicago-based NBA franchise.


The first year Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Magic Johnson played together, they notched 60 victories and an NBA championship. Who did they play for?

Welcome to the Lake Show! Their first year together, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Magic Johnson displayed incredible chemistry, cranking out 60 regular-season wins and earning an NBA championship together.


Larry Bird and Kevin McHale were the first pair of forwards to make first-team All-NBA from the same team, but which was it?

Larry Bird and Kevin McHale were teammates for the Boston Celtics and dominated the league from 1980 to 1992. Together, they won an NBA title in their first season playing together — the 1980-81 season.


The duo of Wilt Chamberlain and Hal Greer joined in the 1966–'67 season to win a title for one of these teams. Do you know which one it was?

A couple years prior to the championship won by the 1966-'67 Sixers team led by Wilt Chamberlain and Hal Greer, the team called another city home. The Sixers were formerly the Syracuse Nationals, the team that drafted Greer.


Tim Duncan and Tony Parker were quite a duo, but together with Manu Ginóbili they were known as the "Big Three." What team did they play for?

This quiz is all about duos, it's true, but this fearsome threesome is one to be remembered. Tim Duncan and Tony Parker were two of the three who helped lead the Spurs to four NBA titles during their tenure.


They became one of the best backcourts in the league. Who did Isiah Thomas and Joe Dumars play for?

Both Isiah Thomas and Joe Dumars played their entire professional careers with the Detroit Pistons, combining as a duo to make one of the best backcourts to ever come out of the NBA.


The only championship appearances this team had came when the duo of John Stockton and Karl Malone were playing together. What team are we talking about?

John Stockton and Karl Malone led the Utah Jazz to the franchise's only NBA championship appearances, back-to-back in 1997 and 1998. Unfortunately, the duo never brought the title home.


Julius Erving and Moses Malone were an almost instant hit together in the NBA, but for which team was it?

Moses Malone and the player most people know affectionately as Dr. J were an immediately successful duo, leading the Sixers to a 65-win season in 1983 and a first-round bye in the playoffs.


Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant had a successful few years together as well as a well-documented feud. For what team did they play together?

Shaquille O'Neal had a successful, but sometimes tumultuous relationship Kobe Bryant while playing for the Lakers. The feud was eventually resolved and Shaq spoke at Kobe's memorial service in 2020.


Tim Duncan and David Robinson were a frontcourt duo affectionately dubbed the "Twin Towers." For which team did they play?

It's another dynamic duo that starred for the San Antonio Spurs; this time, a tandem known as the "Twin Towers." Tim Duncan and David Robinson were a dynamic frontcourt pairing for the Texas-based squad.


After Bob Cousy and Bill Russell left this team, John Havlicek and Dave Cowens picked up the slack. Who did they play for?

John Havlicek and Dave Cowens continued the successful run of the Boston Celtics, plugging the hole left by Bob Cousy and Bill Russell. The two regularly combined for more than 50 points per game.


LeBron James and Anthony Davis were headed for big things in the 2019-2020 season before COVID-19 sidelined the season. What team are they on?

The Los Angeles Lakers added Anthony Davis to the roster after securing LeBron James' place on the roster. It's hard telling how successful this duo can be ... if we can ever get back to playing basketball!


Chris Webber and Vlade Divac took this team to the playoffs more than any other time prior to it departing Kansas City. What franchise is it?

The Sacramento Kings were "royally" successful when the team was in Kansas City, but the addition of Chris Webber and Vlade Divac to the Kings' roster made the California-based franchise a force to be reckoned with.


Dynamite defense plus outstanding offense equaled the duo of Dominique Wilkins and Kevin Willis. For what team did they play?

Dominique Wilkins and Kevin Willis were teammates for the Atlanta Hawks, combining to make a balanced on-the-court approach. Wilkins' offensive prowess combined with Willis' defensive stats proved to be a formidable force.


Bob Cousy and Bill Russell complemented each other while teammates on which of these teams?

Bob Cousy and Bill Russell combined the art of running set plays and fending off members of the opposing team to lead to much success for the Boston Celtics. The two were teammates for nearly 10 years starting in 1956.


Before Shaq and Kobe, there was Jerry West and Elgin Baylor. For what team did they play?

Without a tandem like Jerry West and Elgin Baylor, there may never have been an iconic duo like Kobe and Shaq to don the purple and gold of the Los Angeles Lakers. They were a foundational duo for the franchise.


Steph Curry and Klay Thompson have earned the nickname the "Splash Brothers" for their on-court play. What team are they a part of?

The Golden State Warriors have enjoyed unprecedented success under the duo-leadership of Steph Curry and Klay Thompson. They teamed up and have come to be known as the "Splash Brothers."


Wilt Chamberlain spent the final five years of his career with Jerry West playing for which of these franchises?

The Los Angeles Lakers have had some successful pairs over the years, not the least of which was the duo of Wilt Chamberlain and Jerry West. Chamberlain helped Jerry West win his first NBA championship.


The NBA Finals in 1990 and 1992 included the pairing of Clyde Drexler and Terry Porter. Who did they play for?

Clyde Drexler and Terry Porter played for the Portland Trail Blazers, leading them to the championship series in both 1990 and 1992. It came near the end of the pair's tenure together in Rip City.


Jason Kidd and Vince Carter spent five seasons together as members of which NBA team?

Before they were the Brooklyn Nets, and before Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving made their ways there, they were the New Jersey Nets, featuring Jason Kidd and Vince Carter. The two played together for the Nets for five seasons.


Two of the top seasons for this NBA squad came with Willis Reed and Walt Frazier at the helm. Do you know which team it was?

The New York Knicks won two NBA championships, in 1970 and 1973, with the assistance of the duo known as Willis Reed and Walt Frazier. The two were together for seven seasons before disbanding.


Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler earned a championship together — Olajuwon's second and Drexler's first. For which team was it?

Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler helped lead the Houston Rockets to an NBA title in 1995. It was Drexler's first and Olajuwon's second in a pairing that would last for just over three seasons.


Charles Barkley and Kevin Johnson enjoyed some bright days together, but which team were they members of for four seasons?

Charles Barkley and Kevin Johnson were teammates on the Phoenix Suns squad for four years, leading the team to its first-ever NBA championship appearance. Though they lost, the duo still led many successful teams for the Suns.


Wes Unseld and Elvin Hayes made up a mean frontcourt for which team?

Before the Washington Wizards, there was the Washington Bullets, led for a time by the duo of Wes Unseld and Elvin Hayes. The pairing led a powerful frontcourt for the team, excelling in shooting, rebounding and shot blocking.


With Tim Hardaway on the outside and Alonzo Mourning on the inside, this team had a combo that was nearly untouchable. What franchise was it?

Alonzo Mourning and Tim Hardaway achieved monumental success for the Miami Heat during a period of time during which the NBA was on fire (the 1990s). The two worked well together outside and inside.


Steve Nash and Dirk Nowitzki were friends before ever becoming teammates. For which team did they play together for six seasons?

Fans of the Dallas Mavericks enjoyed a pleasant six seasons with Steve Nash and Dirk Nowitzki leading the charge. The pair led the team to the Western Conference Finals in 2003 after winning 60 games.


Friends since childhood, James Harden and Russell Westbrook are together once again, but on which squad?

James Harden and Russell Westbrook have been lifelong friends whose NBA careers have crossed paths a few times. They spent several seasons together in Oklahoma City before reuniting in Houston.


This duo only made it as a team tandem for two years. On which squad did Nate Thurmond and Rick Barry play together?

Before Steph and Klay were the "Splash Brothers," and before they were joined by Kevin Durant, the Golden State Warriors had Nate Thurmond and Rick Barry. The pairing only lasted two seasons, however, but showed a promising connection.


Patrick Ewing and John Starks became a tandem nemesis for the Chicago Bulls when they played together for which franchise?

Patrick Ewing and John Starks combined to create quite a problem for the Chicago Bulls, even during that team's successful run in the 1990s. Ewing and Starks led the Knicks throughout much of the 1990s.


A team-high 64 wins came to this franchise at the hands of Gary Payton and Shawn Kemp. What squad was it?

Gary Payton and Shawn Kemp teamed up to create some great results for the now-defunct Seattle SuperSonics. (The SuperSonics later became the Oklahoma City Thunder.) Payton and Kemp helped Seattle win a team-high 64 games in the early 2000s.


Dwyane Wade and Shaquille O'Neal had a glorious run in 2006 for which of these NBA teams?

Dwyane Wade and Shaquille O'Neal teamed up for a couple of seasons for the Miami Heat, after each had established dominance in their own right. The pair earned a championship together in 2006.


Hakeem Olajuwon earns another spot on our list, this time for his partnership with Charles Barkley. For what team did they play together?

Charles Barkley and Hakeem Olajuwon were a duo on some of the Houston Rockets' "Super Squads." Together they made a run to the Western Conference Finals.


Shaquille O'Neal and Penny Hardaway teamed up to help get a new franchise off the ground. Which one was it?

The Orlando Magic were founded in 1989 and paired No. 1 pick Shaquille O'Neal with quality shooting guard Penny Hardaway. The Magic made it to their first NBA Finals just three years into the team's existence.


Steve Nash and Amar'e Stoudemire were the pick-and-roll duo of all pick-and-roll duos. What team were they a part of?

The Phoenix Suns were fortunate to have one of the best pick-and-roll combos ever in Steve Nash and Amar'e Stoudemire. Stoudemire encouraged the Suns to sign Nash before the start of the 2004 season.


In just two years together, Bill Walton and Maurice Lucas managed to help win an NBA title for what team?

Bill Walton and Maurice Lucas played together for only two seasons, but managed to turn one of those into a championship run. The 1977 Finals win remains the Trail Blazers' only post-season title.


A duo with promise, which team scored both Kawhi Leonard and Paul George prior to the start of the 2019 season?

Kawhi Leonard and Paul George both joined the Los Angeles Clippers before the start of the 2019 season, pairing two of the league's most prolific athletes. The tandem's potential together earns them a "TBD" duo status.


Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook enjoyed multiple seasons together with which franchise before a very public break-up?

When Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook were "on" for the Oklahoma City Thunder, it was a thing of beauty. But the pair had a very public break-up following Durant's decision to leave the team, and rumors are, the two still struggle with their relationship.


There were plenty of opinions about Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry teaming up. Which team got them both?

The Golden State Warriors endured some criticism for going after Kevin Durant with an already stacked roster led by Steph Curry. (They still did it, though.) Steph and K.D. won two NBA titles together.


The bromance known as LeBron James and Dwyane Wade joined together under which team's umbrella?

There isn't much actual use for an umbrella in Miami, where the weather is always on point. LeBron James and his BFF Dwyane Wade shared several seasons on the Heat squad, with Chris Bosh adding a dangerous third weapon.


Rashard Lewis and Ray Allen excelled together beyond the perimeter for which franchise?

Rashard Lewis and Ray Allen were a dynamic duo for the one-time Seattle SuperSonics, spending four seasons together. While there, both shot near 40 percent from behind the arc.


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