Ranking Top 10 Small Forwards in NBA History

#6 Scottie Pippen

One of the more frequently argued NBA topics in the 1990s centered on Pippen, who of course was Michael Jordan’s primary sidekick during Chicago’s championship reign. The relentless debate was whether Pippen, who was traded to the Bulls on draft night in 1987 in one of the most lopsided deals in NBA history, was just fortunate to be MJ’s teammate or if MJ would never have won a single title without Pippen’s contributions. In many ways, this conversation still goes on without much of a verdict. The bottom line is, Pippen was a magnificent defender and is widely considered the league’s original “point forward." And remember, Pippen was an MVP candidate the year Jordan retired to play baseball.