21 Hall of Famers you had no idea played with each other

LeBron James, Shaquille O'Neal
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12) Bob McAdoo, Moses Malone, and Adrian Dantley

The Buffalo Clippers didn't know what they had when they traded away a young Moses Malone after just two games in the 1976–77 season. Malone was unhappy about not playing over John Shumate and demanded to be dealt. They obliged and shipped him off to the Houston Rockets, where he became a superstar.

Had the Clippers kept Malone, they could have paired him with superstars Bob McAdoo and Adrian Dantley. They would have formed an elite all-time great front court that featured three Hall of Famers who won a total of four league Most Valuable Player awards between them. Instead, Malone averaged 26.1 points and 15.3 rebounds per game over the course of his five years in Houston and won two MVPs.

Meanwhile, the Clippers struggled, so much so that they eventually moved from Buffalo to San Diego and finally to Los Angeles. That made the decision to trade Malone one of the biggest trade blunders in league history and dramatically changed the trajectory of the franchise.

Despite that, Malone, McAdoo, and Dantley were technically teams, albeit for just a few days, but it would have been amazing to see how the three would have played over several seasons together. Unfortunately, we'll never know.