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John Salley: Isiah Thomas was Greatest Player He's Played With Over Jordan

Former Bull and Piston John Salley says that Michael Jordan was not the greatest teammate he's had. That belongs to Isiah Thomas.
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The rivalry between the Chicago Bulls and Detroit Pistons back in the late 80’s and early 90’s was one of the most toxic rivalries of all-time. As time passed and team’s talent levels diminish over the years, the rivalry is not the same.

However, the beef between Michael Jordan and Isiah Thomas still lingers to this day.

In a recent interview on ‘Pardon My Take’, former Bad Boy Piston John Salley said that Michel Jordan is not the greatest player he has ever played with.

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“The greatest player I've ever played with is Isiah Thomas, and I have played with Michael,” said Salley. The four-time NBA Champion played 17 games for the Chicago Bulls back in the 1995-96 season.

“He's (Thomas) six-foot, and he did everything everybody else was doing. And in the same amount of time that Steph Curry was playing, Isiah had better stats, but no one wants to mention it,” said Salley. “They hate him because he's short.”

To Salley’s credit, Thomas is a two-time NBA Champion, Finals MVP, 12-time All-Star, two-time All-Star MVP and five-time All-NBA. He is easily a top-three guard of all-time, but he is rarely mentioned in the discussion of the greatest point guards in NBA history.

Jordan, who is worldly renowned as the greatest basketball player of all time, is a six-time NBA Champion, five-time MVP…you know who he is.

Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but is Salley just being loyal to Thomas? Or did he enjoy having Thomas more as a teammate? I need answers.