Pro Hoops History HOF: Scottie Pippen

Scottie Pippen (NBA)
Scottie Pippen (NBA)

Sometimes glowingly, sometimes derisively, Scottie Pippen has often been called the Robin to Michael Jordan’s Batman. He was the dutiful sidekick that allowed the main star to shine and reach his true potential. The truth is that Scottie Pippen was a star in his own right and one of the finest all-around players to find his way to the NBA.

If creating a prototypical small forward in a laboratory, Pippen’s frame, physique, and skills are likely the result. His frame was 6’8″, which is big enough and small enough to defend most forwards and guards. His physique was wiry yet strong. His hands large and quick. He could muscle smaller opponents while being fast enough to beguile larger ones.

Scottie’s mental skills and dedicated work fully brought out the physical talents he possessed. He could make the right pass at the right moment in the flash of an eye. His jump shot grew to respectable accuracy. His drives to the basket or dunks on the break became fearsome. His long arms allowed him to block many shots and poke away even more steals.

His career averages speak to this excellent versatility: 16 points, 6.5 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals and a block.

Alongside Michael Jordan he likely formed the most devastating perimeter defensive duo in basketball history. The pair delivered six titles to Chicago and strung together the largest single season win total in NBA history. Without Jordan, Pippen proved he was a dynamo in his own right. He took the Chicago Bulls to a 55-win season in 1994 where they fell in a controversial 7-game series with the New York Knicks. In 2000, he was the veteran linchpin to catapult Portland to within minutes of an NBA Finals.

However, championship success for Pippen ultimately proved elusive without Michael Jordan.

Just keep in mind Michael Jordan had the same elusive problem without Scottie by his side.

Years Played: 1987 – 2004

Accolades

NBA -
6x Champion (1991-’93, 1996-’98)
8x All-Defensive 1st Team (1992-’99)
2x All-Defensive 2nd Team (1991, 2000)
3x All-NBA 1st Team (1994-’96)
2x All-NBA 2nd Team (1992, ’97)
2x All-NBA 3rd Team (1993, ’98)
7x All-Star (1990, 1992-’97)
All-Star Game MVP (1994)

Statistics

NBA Career  (1987-88 through 2003-04)
Peak Career Production (1989-90 through 1997-98)

Average and Advanced Stats

Stat Career Playoff Peak Peak Rank
Games 1178 208 681 22nd
PPG 16.1 17.5 19.6 21st
RPG 6.4 7.6 7.2 47th
APG 5.2 5 5.9 23rd
SPG 1.96 1.90 2.26 5th
BPG 0.8 0.89 0.96 54th
TS% 0.536 0.524 0.544 118th
2PT% 0.507 0.483 0.516 53rd
3PT% 0.326 0.303 0.332 121st
FT% 0.704 0.724 0.702 253rd
PER 18.6 18.4 20.6 16th
WS/48 0.146 0.14 0.173 15th
Ortg 108 108 111
Drtg 102 102 101

 

Aggregate Stats

Stat Career Playoff Peak Peak Rank
Games 1178 208 681 22nd
Minutes 41069 8105 25794 4th
Points 18940 3642 13314 10th
Rebounds 7494 1583 4915 23rd
Assists 6135 1048 4019 12th
Steals 2307 395 1541 3rd
Blocks 947 185 652 28th
2PTs 6442 1135 4638 7th
3PTs 978 200 626 26th
FTs 3122 772 2160 28th
WS 125.1 23.6 93.2 8th

 

One thought on “Pro Hoops History HOF: Scottie Pippen

  1. Awesome defender and one of my favorite players ever, but the “charge” he takes at 6:05 in that video is one of the worst calls I’ve ever seen.

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