Scottie Maurice Pippen is a retired American basketball player who played professionally in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for the Chicago Bulls. Nicknamed “Pip”, he attended Hamburg High School wherein he played at point guard position, leading his team to the state playoffs. He earned All-Conference honors as a senior. He began his college basketball career at the University of Central Arkansas.
In the 1987 season, Pippen averaged 23.6 points, 10 rebounds, and 4.3 assists shooting 60 percent from the field that helped him earn the Central Arkansas Senior Consensus NAIA All American honors. Pippen was drafted as the fifth overall pick in the 1987 NBA Draft by the Seattle Supersonics. He was later traded to the Chicago Bulls, in exchange for Olden Polynice and future draft pick options, in what went onto become one of the craziest draft day trades of All-Time. His most memorable stint came with the Chicago Bulls, the team with which he won six NBA titles. He has to his credit making the NBA worldly popular during the 1990s alongside Michael Jordan and also transforming the Bulls team into a championship team.
Pippen was a multidimensional player who ran the court like a point guard, attacked the boards like a power forward, and swished the nets like a shooting guard and is therefore widely considered as one of the best small forwards of all time. He was named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team 8 consecutive times and was also named to the All-NBA First Team 3 times. He is 7-time NBA All-Star and also the NBA All-Star Game MVP in 1994. He played a crucial role on the Chicago Bulls Championship team in the years, 1992 and 1996 which were selected as two of the Top 10 Teams in NBA history.
Pippen was also named as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History during the 1996-97 season and is he was one of the four players to have his jersey retired by the Chicago Bulls (other three being Jerry Sloan, Bob Love and Michael Jordan). In his 17-year tenure in the league, Pippen played 12 seasons with the Bulls, one with the Houston Rockets and four with the Portland Trail Blazers, making post season 16 straight times.
Pippen happens to be the only NBA player to have won an NBA title and Olympic Gold medal in the same year twice, the years being 1992 and 1996. Pippen was also a member of the 1992 U.S. Olympic “Dream Team”. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame both as an individual and as a member of the ‘Dream Team’ in 2010.