Kevin Durant is one of the greatest players to have ever played the game. A 4-time scoring champion, we have never seen a player close to 7-feet tall who possess the offensive skills that Durant has. George Gervin was groundbreaking during his time, but Durant cranked it up an entirely different level due to his ball-handling and three-point jump shot.
Durant also captured 2 NBA titles and 2 Finals MVPs during his Hall of Fame career. But as great as Durant is, as he is easily a top-3 small forward ever, he had a ton of help in his career to help him earn his only NBA championships. When comparing Durant to other all-time great players, it is clear to see that no other star has the amount of help that he had, and here is the official breakdown and comparison. Only All-Star teammates during each respective superstar's career are included.
10. Dirk Nowitzki
All-Star Teammates: Steve Nash, Josh Howard, Michael Finley, Jason Kidd
Dirk Nowitzki is one of the best players ever, and the superstar power forward did the unthinkable by leading the Dallas Mavericks to victory over the juggernaut Miami Heat team in 2011. With Dirk going on an unstoppable scoring run, he would not be denied his first NBA title.
The German kicks off the list with 4 All-Star teammates over his career. During Dirk's 2nd and 3rd seasons, Michael Finley was an All-Star. He was a scoring machine, averaging 22.6 PPG and 21.5 PPG. Dirk also had All-Star guard Steve Nash earlier on in his career with the Mavericks, in 2002 and 2003. Nash put up 17.8 PPG and 7.5 APG over those two seasons, and his partnership with Dirk was certainly a dominant one in the West. Of course, Nash would go on to win MVP with the Suns later on.
As Dirk became the franchise star in Dallas after Steve Nash left town, he was lucky to have one All-Star season from Josh Howard in 2007 averaging 18.9 PPG. That was the same season Dallas was the first seed in the West but was upset in the first round of the playoffs. Dirk's most successful teammate was a 36-year old Jason Kidd who put up 10.3 PPG and 9.1 APG, one year before the Mavericks won the NBA title in 2011.
9. Michael Jordan
All-Star Teammates: Scottie Pippen
The great Michael Jordan only had Scottie Pippen as an All-Star teammate during his legendary career. Even though B.J. Armstrong and Horace Grant made All-Star Teams as members of the Bulls in 1994, Jordan was not in the NBA as he took a hiatus to play baseball.
That means that Jordan won 6 NBA titles and 6 Finals MVPs with only Scottie Pippen as an All-Star by his side. But Scottie Pippen was truly great, as one of the top 50 players to have ever played the game. Pippen made 7 All-Star Teams, 7 All-NBA Teams, and 10 All-Defensive Teams alongside Jordan in Chicago. Jordan and Pippen might be the best duo in NBA history because winning 6 rings over 2 separate 3-peats is the stuff of legends.
It is worth noting that Dennis Rodman never made an All-Star Team with the Bulls even though he was a star on the defensive end. Rodman had little to no impact on the offensive end which is the reason he wasn't recognized as an All-Star. The fact that Jordan only had Pippen as an All-Star teammate further solidifies his GOAT status.
8. Kobe Bryant
All-Star Teammates: Shaquille O'Neal, Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum, Eddie Jones, Nick Van Exel
Kobe Bryant is one of the top two shooting guards to have ever played the game. He was a 5-time NBA champion and 2-time Finals MVP who is one of the game's best scorers. Bryant also had a good amount of All-Star help during his Hall of Fame career. First off, when Kobe was 18 and 19 years old, Eddie Jones was an All-Star. Jones averaged 17.2 PPG and 16.9 PPG as a two-way star and was in the way of Kobe starting games in his first season.
Kobe was an All-Star in his second season alongside Jones and Nick Van Exel (13.8 PPG) as well. Kobe then was fortunate enough to play with the most dominant center in the modern era, Shaquille O'Neal. Shaq made the All-Star Team 7 out of the 8 seasons with the Lakers and was the catalyst for a Lakers 3-peat alongside Bryant. Shaq and Kobe are recognized as the best 'little man-big man' pairing ever.
After O'Neal left town, Bryant played with 2 more All-Star bigs in Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum. Gasol was Kobe's second greatest teammate ever, and made 3 All-Star teams during his Lakers career. 2 of those seasons resulted in back-to-back NBA titles by the Los Angeles Lakers. Andrew Bynum later made the All-Star Team in 2012 by averaging 18.7 PPG and 11.8 RPG, although the Lakers did not have the postseason success expected of them.
7. Shaquille O'Neal
All-Star Teammates: Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, Steve Nash, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, Penny Hardaway, Rajon Rondo, Amar'e Stoudemire
The most physically imposing presence in modern history, Shaquille O'Neal was the architect behind 3 straight NBA titles with the Lakers and also played a vital role in his 4th title with the Heat. O'Neal was unstoppable down low and he had great teammates to help him become a superstar in the game. His first All-Star teammate was Penny Hardaway, the talented offensive point guard who made 2 straight All-Star Teams alongside O'Neal.
Shaq's greatest teammate was Kobe Bryant, the man who helped him win 3 straight NBA titles. Kobe made 6 All-Star Teams alongside the center, and the duo was the most dominant pairing since Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen. Bryant and O'Neal were the two best players in the world and their postseason success proved that. Even after O'Neal was traded to Miami, he had a young superstar in Dwyane Wade to carry the load. Wade and Shaq won the 2006 NBA title together with Wade winning Finals MVP.
O'Neal then had both Steve Nash and Amar'e Stoudemire as All-Star teammates in Phoenix, when O'Neal was much older. Phoenix never had much success with that trio and Stoudemire would eventually join the Knicks. To end his career, O'Neal played with 4 All-Stars in his final season. Pierce, Garnett, Allen, and Rondo all made the All-Star team in O'Neal's final NBA season taking his tally to 9 All-Star teammates.
6. Russell Westbrook
All-Star Teammates: Kevin Durant, Paul George, James Harden, Bradley Beal
Russell Westbrook has played with some excellent talent in his Hall of Fame career. The triple-double machine was lucky to have a superstar in Kevin Durant as his teammate. When looking at Westbrook's teammates, Durant is by far the best one. Durant and Westbrook made the NBA Finals in 2012, and the 4-time scoring champion captured the MVP alongside Russ. A 7-time All-Star in Oklahoma City, no teammate came close to Durant's dominance.
Westbrook also had Paul George as an All-Star after Durant bolted to Golden State. George made the All-Star Team over his 2 seasons with the Thunder and even finished 3rd in MVP voting alongside Westbrook. Unfortunately, George and Westbrook did not have the same postseason success as Durant and Westbrook had. After the Thunder decided to rebuild and trade Westbrook to Houston, the superstar point guard joined forces with 3-time scoring champion James Harden.
Harden was an All-Star in 2020 after averaging 34.3 PPG. Westbrook and Harden led the Rockets to the 4th seed but were defeated in 5 games by the Los Angeles Lakers in the second round of the playoffs. Westbrook's current All-Star teammate is Bradley Beal, who made the All-Star Team this season and is currently averaging 31.4 PPG for the Wizards.
5. Larry Bird
All-Star Teammates: Dave Cowens, Tiny Archibald, Robert Parish, Kevin McHale, Dennis Johnson, Reggie Lewis, Danny Ainge
Larry Bird is one of the top two greatest small forwards to have ever played the game. The ultra competitor had no weakness on the floor and is one of the most iconic sports figures in the history of American sports. The 3-time MVP had All-Star help in the form of 6-star players.
The first was Dave Cowens, the 6'9" center who made 7 All-Star Teams before he made his final one with Larry Bird in Bird's rookie season. With Bird winning Rookie of the Year, Cowens averaged 14.2 PPG and 8.1 RPG in 1980. Tiny Archibald was also on the roster in 1980, making his fourth All-Star Team, and made the All-Star Team the next two seasons as well. One of Bird's most successful teammates, Robert Parish, made 7 straight All-Star Teams alongside Bird from 1981 to 1987. Parish spent his entire career with the Celtics and averaged 24.3 PPG and 10.0 RPG for his career.
Larry Bird also had Dennis Johnson, the best point guard he ever had, on the Celtics roster. Johnson made the All-Star Team in 1985 by averaging 15.7 PPG and 6.8 RPG while playing superstar-level defense. Bird's most talented teammate, according to his peers, was Kevin McHale. All of McHale's 7 All-Star Team appearances came alongside Larry Bird, and the unstoppable power forward averaged 17.9 PPG for his career. Reggie Lewis and Danny Ainge also made All-Star Teams alongside Bird, taking the superstar forward's tally to 7.
4. Magic Johnson
All-Star Teammates: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, James Worthy, Jamaal Wilkes, Norm Nixon, A.C. Green
The greatest point guard to have ever lived, Magic Johnson played with 5 All-Star teammates. But of those 5, 2 of them are top-50 talents. More specifically, Magic played with arguably the most successful basketball player to have ever lived in Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Kareem made the All-Star Team every single year he played alongside Magic Johnson, even at the ages of 40 and 41.
Kareem is Magic's greatest teammate ever, and the unstoppable center was a force on both ends of the floor. Magic and Kareem are among the best duos to have ever played and they won 5 NBA titles together. After Kareem, James Worthy was Johnson's best teammate as he was good enough to win Finals MVP in 1988. Big Game James Worthy made 6 All-Star Teams alongside the "Showtime" point guard.
Jamaal Wilkes and Norm Nixon both made All-Star Teams alongside Magic in the 80s. Wilkes averaged 22.6 PPG and 19.6 PPG alongside Johnson, while Nixon put up 17.6 PPG and 17 w PPG during his two All-Star years with Magic. A.C. Green also made an All-Star Team averaging 12.9 PPG for a 63-win Lakers team spearheaded by Magic Johnson at the point.
3. Stephen Curry
All-Star Teammates: Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green
The game's greatest shooter and one of the most impactful superstars of the modern era, Stephen Curry has had the privilege of playing with some great players during the fast-paced era of modern basketball. For one, Curry was a part of a super team that had no match in the entire NBA. His best teammate was 4-time scoring champion Kevin Durant, the man who led Golden State to 3 straight Finals and won 2 Finals MVPs in 2017 and 2018.
After Durant, Curry had All-Star sharpshooter Klay Thompson. Thompson is one of the most underrated stars in NBA history because he is arguably the second greatest shooter in NBA history and a dominant on-ball defender. Thompson has made 5 All-Star Teams alongside Curry in Golden State. Stephen Curry has also played with former Defensive Player of the Year Draymond Green, a 3-time All-Star who was the vocal leader for all of Curry's 3 NBA championships.
Due to the current nature of the NBA and the lack of competition around Golden State's greatness, Curry had the 3rd most help in NBA history behind two players that will always be closely linked to his name as friend and foe.
2. LeBron James
All-Star Teammates: Dwyane Wade, Anthony Davis, Kyrie Irving, Chris Bosh, Kevin Love, Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Mo Williams
The most hyped rookie in NBA history, LeBron had two All-Stars in Zydrunas Ilgauskas and Mo Williams in Cleveland. Ilgauskas averaged 17.2 PPG and 16.9 PPG during his two All-Star years alongside LeBron, while Mo Williams made his only All-Star Team in 2009 averaging 17.8 PPG. James would go on to have some more All-Star teammates as a part of 2 more franchises.
LeBron James is the man who might be most responsible for player movement in the NBA. James holds a ton of power in the league, and he showed that he could affect cities across America with his "Decision" to join Miami with Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh. Wade, already an NBA champion, made the All-Star Team every year he played with LeBron. Similarly, Bosh made the All-Star Team every year with the Miami Heat. Wade and Bosh helped LeBron win his first 2 NBA titles and get the biggest monkey in NBA history off his back.
LeBron returned to Cleveland to join forces with Kyrie and Kevin Love. Both Irving and Love made a combined 6 All-Star Teams alongside James, and they helped The King capture the 2016 NBA championship. Of course, LeBron had Anthony Davis last year who was the best big man in the game. Davis led the Lakers in scoring during the regular season by averaging 26.1 PPG, and his size and skill alongside LeBron were too much for anyone to handle. As great as LeBron's teammates are, only one star has more help than him.
1. Kevin Durant
All-Star Teammates: Stephen Curry, James Harden, Kyrie Irving, Klay Thompson, Russell Westbrook, Draymond Green
No player in NBA history has had the amount of help that Kevin Durant had. To start out his career, he had a triple-double threat at the point guard position in Russell Westbrook. Westbrook was a multiple-time All-Star with the Thunder and even led the NBA in scoring when Durant was on the roster. Durant has James Harden as well, but Harden was still the 6th Man and not an MVP player just yet.
Durant then joined forces with 2-time MVP Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green in Golden State. The shooting and defense of those players alongside Durant caused the NBA to be extremely unbalanced and the Warriors won 2 straight NBA titles. Even though Durant won both Finals MVPs, it was Curry and even Green who were the faces of the franchise after winning a title without Durant in 2015.
Durant now has 2 more Hall of Fame players and superstars in Kyrie Irving and James Harden. Kyrie was an All-Star alongside Durant this season by averaging 26.9 PPG, and so was 3-time scoring champion James Harden (25.2 PPG and 10.9 APG). With 7 superstars alongside Durant, it is easy to see why Durant has 2 NBA titles and is the favorite one again to make it 3 this season.