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

LeBron James, Shaquille O'Neal
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6) LaMarcus Aldridge and Pau Gasol

San Antonio Spurs fans likely remember the LaMarcus Aldridge and Pau Gasol pairing but it may not be well remembered among casual NBA fans. Gasol actually replaced Tim Duncan at center—yes, I said center—after he retired in 2016 and proved to be a great stopgap option.

Although he initially struggled on defense, his passing out of the high post, including tossing perfectly timed lobs to Aldridge, was a thing of beauty. Gasol would eventually become a stout rim protector, using his massive 7'5 wingspan to smother opponents shots at the basket.

With Aldridge and Gasol, the Spurs won 61 games and went to the Western Conference Finals in 2016–17, only losing to the Kevin Durant-led Golden State Warriors. They would make the playoffs again without Kawhi Leonard the following season, thanks to Aldridge carrying the offense and Gasol helping on both sides of the ball.

Gasol led the league in 3-point shooting during the 2017–18 season. Talk about a late-career Renaissance. Aldridge also played well, posting arguably the best season of his career during 2017–18 and bolstering his case to make the Hall of Fame. The duo would ultimately spend four seasons together in San Antonio before Gasol was bought out. While Aldridge technically isn't a Hall of Famer yet, he and Gasol formed a potent frontcourt pairing.