An undeniable prototype for two-way play.
Pippen won six championships in his career, playing an essential role in the Bulls’ remarkable dynasty in the 1990s.
Pippen’s all-around game matched seamlessly with Bulls superstar Michael Jordan, the face of the franchise. Their scoring, defense and play-making helped form one of the most dangerous combinations of two-way stars. Pippen and Jordan are the only players to participate in both sets of three-peats (1991-93, 1996-98) during Chicago’s title runs.
At 6-foot-8 and 228 pounds, Pippen could guard any position and was often tasked with slowing the opposing team’s best player. He made the league’s All-Defensive Team 10 times, including eight consecutive appearances on First Team.
Pippen made the playoffs in 16 of his 17 seasons. He ranks 10th in NBA history with 208 postseason games.
The 1994 All-Star Game MVP ranks third in Bulls history for 3-pointers (664) and rebounds (5726). He ranks second all-time in points (15,123), assists (4,494), steals (1,792) and games played (856) for the franchise.
After Jordan retired before the 1994-95 season, Pippen led the Bulls in five categories -- scoring (21.4 ppg), rebounding (8.1 rpg), assists (5.2 apg), steals (2.9 spg, first in NBA),and blocked shots (1.1 bpg). The last player to top his club in these five categories before Pippen was Dave Cowens, who paced the Boston Celtics in 1977-78.
The Central Arkansas product played for the Houston Rockets (one season) and Portland Trail Blazers (four seasons) after leaving the Bulls. He returned to Chicago for the 2003-04 campaign before announcing his retirement. His incredible career culminated with an induction to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010.
A member of the NBA’s 50th Anniversary Team, Pippen was a two-time gold medal winner and member of the Dream Team in 1992 and 1996. His incredible career culminated with an induction to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010.