Returned to Chicago and made 23 appearances, including six starts, and averaged 5.9 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2.2 apg and 17.9 mpg, shooting .379 from the floor, including .271 from downtown, and .630 from the free throw line … tallied season-highs of 17 points, 6 field goals, 13 field goal attempts, 5 offensive rebounds and 35 minutes of action at Portland (01/31) … grabbed a season-high 7 boards on three occasions … scored in double figures five times … registered one DNP-CD (02/06) … missed one game with a left corneal abrasion (11/26) … missed 57 games, including the final 30 on the Injured List, because of left knee soreness.
Appeared in 64 games and made 58 starts for Portland … Concluded the year with averages of 10.8 ppg, 4.5 apg, 4.3 rpg, and 1.98 spg, while shooting .444 from the floor … Recorded a season-high 26 points (9-14 FG) in a 101-87 Portland win at Miami (02/05), also added 6 rebounds, 5 steals and 4 assists … Missed 18 games due to a sore left knee and surgery on his left knee … Turned in his finest game of the year at Orlando (02/04), when he scored 25 points (7-13 FG), grabbed a season-high 17 boards and handed out 7 assists, also shot 11-13 from the line, helping Portland prevail 96-89 … Dished out his 6,000th career assist against Cleveland (02/02) … Paced the Trail Blazers with a season-high 45 minutes at Minnesota (12/14), scoring 10 points, with 9 assists and 5 rebounds, in a 98-92 road win … Finished the season ranked fourth on the Blazers with 29.9 minutes per game … Portland went 41-23 in the games that he appeared in and 38-20 in the games in which he started … 2003 Playoffs: Made four playoff appearances, including one start, averaged 5.8 ppg, 3.3 apg and 2.8 rpg and shot .409 from the field … scored his 3,642nd career playoff point, passing Elgin Baylor for eighth place on the NBA’s all-time playoff scoring list.
Appeared in 62 games for the Portland Trail Blazers including 60 starts… Averaged 10.6 points, 5.9 assists, 5.2 rebounds and 1.6 steals in 32.2 minutes… Scored his 18,000th career point at Minnesota on March 23… Moved into fifth place on the NBA’s all-time steals list with three steals at Minnesota on February 6… Finished the season at 46th all-time on the NBA’s career scoring list with 18,101 points… Scored a season-high 28 points at Denver on March 9, shooting 9-of-15 from the floor… Tied his career-high with 15 assists versus Washington on March 16… Had 26 points, nine rebounds and five assists versus Golden State on October 31… Led the Blazers in rebounding eight times… Was third on the team in double-doubles with 11 on the season… Had five games with 10 or more rebounds… Led Portland in assists 29 times, recording 10 or more assists on nine occasions… Missed 19 games due to injury. 2002 NBA Playoffs: Averaged 16.3 ppg, 9.3 rpg, 5.7 apg and 1.3 spg in 33.0 mpg in three games against the L.A. Lakers… Shot a team best 46.2 percent from the floor (18-of-39) in the series… His 204 career playoff games are second most all-time in NBA history behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. … 2002 Playoffs: Appeared in three playoff games with the Blazers and averaged 16.3 ppg, 9.3 rpg and 5.6 apg, and shot .462 from the field, including a playoff career-high .545 from three-point range.
Averaged 12.7 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 1.47 and 33.3 minutes for Portland in 64 games including 60 starts... Had season-high's of 28 points on 12-24 shooting and 13 rebounds against Houston on April 13... Dropped in 25 points at Utah March 22 on 9-15 shooting including 3-5 from three-point land... Had a season-high 6 steals vs. Utah March 16... In a December 13 victory over the Lakers, scored 18 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out 8 assists in 43 minutes... Had a season-high four blocks in a December 25 victory over L.A. Lakers... Led Blazers in assists 18 times this year and was second in assists overall... Played in his 1,000th career regualr season game January 8 at Boston... Swiped his 2000th career steal in an overtime win at Orlando November 19... Scored his 17,000th point in the Christmas day victory over the Blazers... Missed 18 games with an elbow injury. … 2001 Playoffs: In three playoff games, averaged 13.7 ppg and 5.6 rpg and shot .421 from the floor.
Selected to the 1999-2000 NBA All-Defensive Second Team. Only Blazer to start in all 82 games. His two steals on 3/9/00 moved him past Derek Harper for seventh place on the all-time steals list. Became the 32nd player in NBA history to distribute 5,000 assists with teh second of his four at Golden State on 2/15.
Made his Blazers debut, totaling 14 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists, in a 106-86 victory in Vancouver on 11/2. … 2000 Playoffs: Averaged 14.9 ppg, 7.1 rpg and 4.3 apg and shot .419 from the field in 16 playoff appearances … Led Portland to Western Conference Finals.
Named to the 1998-99 NBA All-Defensive First Team. Led the Rockets in three-pointers made (72, 18th in the NBA) and attempted (212, 16th), assists (5.9 apg, 19th) and steals (1.96 spg, 14th). Logged his second triple-double of the season with 23 points, a game-high 10 assists and 10 rebounds, and notched 6 steals, against the L.A. Clippers on 4/23. Notched a triple-double, with 15 points, a game-high 11 assists and 10 rebounds, against the Atlanta Hawks on 2/25. Scored his 15,000th career point, totaling 17 points and 3 rebounds, in an 86-84 win over the Golden State Warriors on 2/6. Made his Rockets debut, posting 10 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals, against the L.A. Lakers on 2/5. … … 1999 Playoffs: Tallied averages of 18.2 ppg, 11.8 rpg and 5.5 apg and shot .328 from the field in four playoff appearances in only season with the Rockets.
Named to the 1997-98 All-NBA Third Team and to the 1997-98 NBA All-Defensive First Team. Averaged 16.8 ppg on way to the Bulls' third straight championship. On the injured list from 10/30 to 1/10, missing the first 35 games of the season, while recovering from off-season left foot surgery. … 1998 Playoffs: Helped the Bulls to the franchise’s sixth NBA World Championship in eight seasons … In 21 games, averaged 16.8 ppg, 7.1 rpg and 5.2 apg and shot .415 from the field.
Pippen had another brilliant season, averaging 20.2 points (18th in the NBA), 6.5 rebounds, 5.7 assists and 1.88 steals (13th in the NBA) in 37.7 minutes per game. He topped the Bulls in assists, steals and three-point field goals (156) and was second in scoring and rebounding. He was voted to the All-Defensive First Team for the sixth year in a row, but was dropped to the All-NBA Second Team behind forwards Karl Malone and Grant Hill. Pippen started all 82 games for the Bulls and scored in double figures in 78 of them, scoring 30 or more in eight games and getting a career-high 47 points in a 134-123 win over Denver on Feb. 18. He grabbed a season-high 14 rebounds in a 73-70 loss at Cleveland on Feb. 27, handed out a season-high 12 assists in a season-ending 103-101 loss to New York on April 19 and had a season-high seven steals in a 100-73 win over Milwaukee on Jan. 17. Voted to a starting berth in the All-Star Game, Pippen had eight points, three rebounds and two assists in 25 minutes of action. Pippen started all 19 playoff games and averaged 19.2 pooints, 6.8 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.47 steals per game, leading the Bulls with 39 three-pointers. He averaged 20.0 points, a team-high 8.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.67 steals per game in the Finals against Utah, getting 27 points in Game 1 and again in Game 3, when he matched an NBA record with seven three-pointers.
Pippen had no problem adjusting to the return of Jordan as the Bulls' primary scorer and enjoyed a banner all-around season. He led the team with 5.9 assists per game and a career-high total of 150 three-pointers made, ranked second on the team with 19.4 points, 1.73 steals and 0.74 blocks per game and was third on the team with 6.4 rebounds per game. The versatile Pippen started 77 games for Chicago, missing five games in March with tendinitis of the right knee, and was second on the team behind Jordan in minutes played at 36.7 per game.
He had a pair of triple-doubles in November, getting 18 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists at Cleveland on Nov. 9 and 15 points, 10 rebounds and 13 assists at San Antonio on Nov. 22. He then earned NBA Player of the Month honors for December by averaging 25.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 2.36 steals per game in the month. Voted a starter in the All-Star Game, he had eight points, eight rebounds, five assists and three steals in 25 minutes.
Pippen scored a season-high 40 points at Indiana on Feb. 18, notched a season-high 14 rebounds on five occasions and handed out a season-high 14 assists at Charlotte on April 5. He scored 30 or more points seven times, including three in a row-30 at Atlanta on Dec. 14, 33 against the Lakers on Dec. 16 and 37 at Boston on Dec. 18.
Pippen started all 18 games of the playoffs and averaged 16.9 points, 8.5 rebounds, 5.9 assists and 2.61 steals in 41.3 minutes per game. He led the Bulls in assists, steals and three-pointers made (30) and attempted (105) in the playoffs and was second on the team in scoring and rebounding. He got his fourth career playoff triple double in Game 3 at Miami when he had 22 points, a career-high 18 rebounds and 10 assists.
With a superb season in 1994-95, Pippen continued to show why he is possibly the best all-around player in the NBA. Discounting the numbers put up by Michael Jordan in 17 late-season games, Pippen led the Chicago Bulls in five categories-scoring (21.4 ppg), rebounding (8.1 rpg), assists (5.2 apg), steals (2.94 per game), and blocked shots (1.13 per game). The last player to top his club in five categories before Pippen was Dave Cowens, who paced the Boston Celtics in 1977-78. On the league leaders' charts, Pippen placed first in steals, 12th in scoring, 23rd in rebounding, 23rd in assists, and 28th in blocked shots. For his efforts, he was rewarded with an All-Star berth and selection to both the All-NBA First Team and the NBA All-Defensive First Team.
Pippen, who paced the club in scoring in 35 games, hit for a season-high 40 points on March 11 against the Los Angeles Lakers. He popped in 30 or more on eight occasions and pulled down a season-high 16 rebounds twice. On January 10 he recorded the 14th triple-double of his career with 26 points, 10 rebounds, and a season-high 11 assists against the Orlando Magic. Pippen sat out one game because of a suspension and missed a pair of games because of the flu.
The Bulls finished the regular season at 47-35 to claim third place in the Central Division. They ousted the Charlotte Hornets in the first round of the playoffs before falling to the Orlando Magic in the conference semifinals. With Jordan back on the club, Pippen wasn't called on to provide quite as much of the offense, and his playoff scoring (17.8 ppg) was down a bit compared with his regular-season numbers. He led the club in rebounding (8.6 rpg) and assists (5.8 apg).
In 1993-94 Pippen was afforded the opportunity to step out of Michael Jordan's massive shadow into a spotlight all his own. Jordan's temporary retirement on October 6 meant that the Chicago Bulls would clearly be Pippen's team for a short while. For his part, the former Central Arkansas star enjoyed his finest statistical year as a pro, notching career bests in scoring (22.0 ppg), rebounding (8.7 rpg), and steals (2.93 per game). He was also selected to start in his third NBA All-Star Game (his fourth overall appearance). Pippen outshone all other All-Stars with 29 points, 11 rebounds, and 2 assists and won the game's Most Valuable Player Award.
Pippen finished the season ranked eighth in the league in scoring, second in steals, and 19th in assists. He led the Bulls in all three categories, ranked second on the team in rebounding, and led Chicago in scoring 50 times, in assists 35 times, and in rebounding 29 times. At season's end he was named to the All-NBA First Team and the NBA All-Defensive First Team.
Perhaps the greatest testament to Pippen's abilities (and those of Coach Phil Jackson) was the fact that the Bulls finished at 55-27 and reached the Eastern Conference Semifinals despite not having Jordan on their roster. In Chicago's 10 postseason games, Pippen led the club in scoring (22.8 ppg), rebounding (8.3 rpg), and assists (4.6 apg). The Bulls lost in the conference semifinals to the New York Knicks, ending their three-year hold on the championship.
Pippen's most embarrassing moment as a player came in Game 3 of the series against the Knicks. With the game tied at 102 apiece, Pippen decided to watch the final seconds from the bench after Jackson diagrammed a last-second play to go to Toni Kukoc and not Pippen. Kukoc cashed in on a 22-footer at the buzzer for a 104-102 Bulls win, but the headlines the following day centered around Pippen sitting, not Kukoc swishing.
As the 1992-93 season unfolded, Pippen's popularity continued to soar, in Chicago and around the league. NBA fans made him the second-leading vote-getter in balloting for the NBA All-Star Game, trailing only teammate Michael Jordan. He also earned his second straight berth on the NBA All-Defensive First Team as well as a spot on the All-NBA Third Team.
Pippen logged four triple-doubles during the year en route to averages of 18.6 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 6.3 assists per game. He ranked 10th in the NBA in steals (2.14 per game) and 20th in assists. He had a consecutive-games streak snapped at 307 when he was suspended for one game after fighting with the Orlando Magic's Jeff Turner on February 25, but he bounced back to score a season-high 39 points against the San Antonio Spurs on March 5.
Pippen played a workmanlike 41.5 minutes per game in the postseason, helping the Bulls to their third straight NBA title. He had his best series in the Eastern Conference Finals against the New York Knicks, averaging 22.5 points and 6.7 rebounds while shooting .510 from the floor.
Pippen established himself as one of the NBA's elite players in 1991-92. He appeared in his second NBA All-Star Game, originally selected as a reserve but eventually starting in place of the injured Larry Bird, and at season's end he landed on the All-NBA Second Team and the NBA All-Defensive First Team. He played for the United States Dream Team at the 1992 Summer Olympic Games in Barcelona, and above all he helped lead the Bulls to their second consecutive NBA Championship.
Pippen ranked 14th in the league in scoring (21.0 ppg) and 15th in assists (7.0 apg). He added 7.7 rebounds, 1.89 steals, and 1.13 blocks per game. His season highlights included a 41-point performance against the Bucks at Milwaukee on February 28 and a then career-high 18 rebounds against the Knicks at New York on March 31.
During Chicago's march to a second straight title, the Bulls encountered their greatest roadblock in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, needing seven games to move past the New York Knicks. Pippen was pivotal in Game 7, recording his second playoff triple-double with 17 points, 11 rebounds, and 11 assists.
Pippen used the 1991 postseason to prove that the Chicago Bulls were no one-man gang. Although Michael Jordan carried the Bulls at times en route to their first-ever NBA Championship, Pippen was equally indispensable. He averaged 21.6 points, 8.9 rebounds, 5.8 assists, and 2.47 steals in 17 postseason games, leading Chicago in both rebounding and steals. In the fifth and final game of the 1991 NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers, Pippen contributed 32 points and 13 rebounds as the Bulls notched a 108-101 victory.
The playoffs represented another step in Pippen's march to superstardom. He had done it all for the Bulls in the regular season, ranking second on the team in scoring (17.8 ppg) and rebounding (7.3 rpg) while leading the club in assists (6.2 apg) and blocked shots (1.13 per game). His 2.35 steals per game ranked fifth in the NBA-second on the Bulls behind Jordan's 2.72-and helped earn him a berth on the NBA All-Defensive Second Team.
Pippen recorded three triple-doubles during the year and poured in a then career-high 43 points against the Charlotte Hornets on February 23. He became the first Bulls player other than Jordan to score 40 points in a game since George Gervin had 45 on January 27, 1986.
Pippen started all 82 games for the first time in his career, improving his production over the previous season in nearly every category. He began the year with a 22-game streak of double-figure scoring, including a season-high 28 points against the Boston Celtics on November 4. His best stretch came in December, when he averaged 18.4 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 5.4 assists while shooting .525 from the field.
Eastern Conference coaches rewarded Pippen's all-around contributions when they selected him to play in his first NBA All-Star Game in 1990. He did double-duty at the NBA All-Star Weekend, also participating in the Slam-Dunk Championship and finishing fifth. For the season, Pippen ranked second on the Bulls in scoring (16.5 ppg) and third in the NBA in steals (2.57 per game), coming into his own as one of the league's best defensive players.
The Bulls advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals for the second straight season, but for the second straight season they lost to the Detroit Pistons, this time in seven games. Pippen was outstanding throughout the playoffs, averaging 19.3 points and 7.2 rebounds in 15 postseason games. He notched his first playoff triple-double with 17 points, 13 assists, and 10 rebounds in Game 1 of a first-round series against the Milwaukee Bucks.
Back surgery kept Pippen out of the entire preseason and the first eight games of 1988-89. He then came off the bench behind Brad Sellers in his first 16 appearances, averaging 9.3 points and 4.6 rebounds in 24.9 minutes per game. But Pippen moved into the starting lineup on December 27 and remained there for 56 of his final 57 games.
The second-year forward finished with averages of 14.4 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game. He scored 31 points twice during the year, the second time against the Seattle SuperSonics on March 25. He had season highs of 15 rebounds against the Trail Blazers at Portland on March 24 and 12 assists against the Los Angeles Clippers on January 3. In the game against the Clippers, Pippen recorded his first career triple-double, adding 15 points and 10 rebounds.
He started all 17 postseason games, averaging 13.1 points as the Bulls advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals before losing to the Detroit Pistons in six games. Pippen played only 1 minute of Game 6 before taking a Bill Laimbeer elbow to the head.
In the months prior to the 1987 NBA Draft, Chicago Bulls General Manager Jerry Krause became impressed with the multidimensional talents of Scottie Pippen, a little-known player at the University of Central Arkansas. Pippen attracted attention from NBA scouts with averages of 23.6 points and 10.0 rebounds per game as a senior, but he was still an unknown quantity compared to players in big-time college programs.
The Bulls owned the eighth overall pick in the draft, but Pippen didn't last that long. The Seattle SuperSonics selected him at No. 5, behind the likes of David Robinson, Armon Gilliam, and Reggie Williams. Chicago picked Olden Polynice at No. 8, and Krause immediately got the trade winds blowing. By June 22 he had orchestrated a deal with the Sonics that sent Polynice and future draft considerations to Seattle in exchange for Pippen.
The lanky 6-foot-7 rookie came off the bench in his first NBA season, playing a reserve role behind starting small forward Brad Sellers. Pippen averaged 7.9 points and 3.8 rebounds, shooting .463 from the field and .576 from the free-throw line. He had his best game on November 23 against the Boston Celtics, tallying 20 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 steals in 38 minutes. His 91 steals for the season ranked second on the Bulls to Michael Jordan's 259.
Pippen began the postseason as a reserve, but he replaced Sellers in the starting lineup in the fifth and final game of a first-round series against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Pippen responded with 24 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 steals in the Bulls' 107-101 victory, and Coach Doug Collins elected to keep him in a starting role for the next round. Chicago then lost to the Detroit Pistons in five games in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
A consensus NAIA All-America his senior year at Central Arkansas … posted averages of 26.3 ppg and 10.0 rpg his senior season … selected NAIA All-America his junior year, with averages of 19.8 ppg and 9.2 rpg … finished his career with averages of 17.2 ppg, 8.1 rpg and 2.7 apg, while shooting .563 (637-1131) from the floor, including .575 (23-40) from three-point range.