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

LeBron James, Shaquille O'Neal
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16) Phil Jackson and Willis Reed

Most NBA fans likely remember Phil Jackson as the coach who guided the likes of Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Shaquille O'Neal, and Kobe Bryant to a total of 11 championships. Nevertheless, he actually played 12 seasons in the NBA during the 1960s and early 1970s, mostly with the New York Knicks and then the New Jersey Nets.

In fact, he was actually teammates with former league MVP Willis Reed, who was dominant over his first seven seasons in the NBA. He made seven straight all-star teams to start his career and posted an impressive 20.1 points and 13.8 rebounds per game over that span.

Although Jackson wasn't a Hall of Famer as a player, instead being inducted as a coach, he likely learned a thing or two playing with a star. Reed, aside from being one of the big men of his era, is known for his iconic entrance in Game 7 of the NBA Finals after it wasn't clear whether he would play. Unfortunately, injuries would derail his career.

He would play 73 games in 1970–71 before playing just 11 in 1971–72, 19 games in 1973–74, and missing the entire 1974–75 season, resulting in his retiring at 32. Still, Jackon did play and win two championships with a fellow Hall of Famer.