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Scottie Pippen

Scottie Pippen is one of 22 two-time USA Basketball male Olympians, winning gold in 1992 and 1996, and he owns an incredible 22-0 record as a USA Basketball athlete. Twice he won the USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year Award, including in 1996 and as a member of the 1992 U.S. Olympic Team that shared the honor in 1992.

Honors

  • USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year twice – in 1996 and as a member of the 1992 U.S. Olympic Team.
  • Inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame twice in 2010, as an individual and as a member of the 1992 U.S. Olympic Men’s Basketball Team – better known as the Dream Team.
  • Named as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History.

USA Basketball Notes

  • Gold Medals: 1996 Olympics, 1992 Olympics, 1992 Tournament of the Americas.
  • At the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, started in seven of eight games and averaged 11.0 ppg., 3.9 rpg. and 3.3 apg. to help the USA to an 8-0 record and the gold medal; scored 24 points to lead the USA past China 133-70.
  • Became the first athlete to twice win an NBA championship and Olympic gold medal in the same year. After winning an NBA title and Olympic gold medal in 1992 with the Dream Team, he won both again in 1996.
  • At the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Spain, started in three of the USA’s eight wins and averaged 9.0 ppg., 2.1 rpg. and 5.9 apg. to help the USA to a gold medal.
  • First time on the court in a USA Basketball jersey was as a member of the 1992 Tournament of the Americas squad, which was tasked with qualifying the USA for the 1992 Olympic Games. The team did so in impressive fashion, topping all six opponents by an average of 51.5 points per game in Portland, Oregon, to earn the gold medal. Pippen played in all six games and averaged 8.0 ppg., 4.3 rpg. and 6.2 apg.

Professional Highlights

  • Drafted as the No. 5 pick by the Seattle SuperSonics in the 1987 NBA Draft but was traded to the Chicago Bulls.
  • Played 17 seasons in the NBA; Spent 12 seasons with the Bulls (1987-88 to 1997-98 and 2002-03); one season with the Houston Rockets (1998-99); and four seasons with the Portland Trail Blazers (1999-00 to 2002-03).
  • Played in 1,178 regular season games; started 1,053 games; compiled 18,940 points (16.1 ppg.), 7,494 rebounds (6.4 rpg.), 6,135 assists (5.2 apg.) and 2,307 steals (2.0 spg.); Shot 47.3% from the floor, 32.6% from 3-point and 70.4% from the foul line.
  • Played in 178 playoff games and started in 173 of those; In the playoffs recorded 3,642 points (17.5 ppg.), 1,583 rebounds (7.6 rpg.) and 1,048  assists (5.0 apg.).
  • Is one of six players (Larry Bird, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan) in NBA history with at least 3,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 1,000 assists in his playoff career.
  • Won six NBA titles with the Chicago Bulls (1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997 and 1998), which retired his No. 33 jersey on Dec. 9, 2005.
  • Ranks fifth all-time for most overall NBA All-Defensive Team selections with 10 total; Earned NBA All-Defensive first team in eight consecutive seasons (1992-1999); and was NBA All-Defensive second team in 1991 and 2000.
  • Three-time All-NBA first team member (1994-1996); two-time All-NBA second team selection (1992 and 1997); and two-time All-NBA third team honoree (1993 and 1998).
  • Seven-time NBA All-Star (1990, 1992-1997).
  • MVP of the 1994 All-Star Game after recording 29 points, 11 rebounds and four steals to lead the East to a 127-118 victory.
  • One of six Bulls to have his jersey retired.
  • In 2008, played two games with Torpan Pojat (Finland) and one game with Sundsvall Dragons (Sweden).
  • Announced his retirement as a professional athlete on Oct. 5, 2004.

College Highlights

  • Played four seasons at the University of Central Arkansas (1983-84 to 1986-87), where he was a “walk-on” as a freshman.
  • Played in 93 career games and compiled career totals of 1,600 points (17.2 ppg.) and 749 rebounds (8.1 rpg.).
  • Central Arkansas retired his No. 33 jersey on Jan. 21, 2010.
  • Two-time consensus NAIA All-American (1986 and 1987).
  • As a senior in 1986-87, averaged 23.6 ppg., 10.0 rpg. and 4.3 apg.

High School Notes

  • Attended Hamburg High School in Hamburg, Arkansas.
  • As a senior in 1982-83, led his team to the state playoffs and earned all-conference honors.

Personal Notes

  • Returned to the Chicago Bulls as a team ambassador on July 15, 2010, and in 2012 was named senior advisor to the Bulls’ president and chief operating officer, Michael Reinsdorf.
  • Was the youngest of 12 siblings.
  • Had eight children.
  • Son, Scotty Jr., plays basketball at Vanderbilt University, where he will be a sophomore in 2020-21.
  • Daughter, Sophia, appeared on the first season of Dancing with the Stars: Juniors.
  • Daughter, Taylor, played volleyball at Southern Illinois University.
  • Nephew, Kavion Pippen, played for the NBA G League Austin Spurs.

USA Basketball Statistics

TEAM
G/S
FGM-FGA
PCT
3PM-3PA
PCT
FTM-FTA
PCT
REB/AVG
PTS/AVG
AST
BLK
STL
1996 OLY
8/7
37-71
.521
8-23
.348
6-11
.454
31/ 3.9
88/ 11.0
26
4
13
1992 OLY
8/3
28-47
.596
5-13
.385
11-15
.733
17/ 2.1
72/ 9.0
47
1
23
1992 TOA
6/2
20-30
.667
2-6
.333
6-9
.667
26/ 4.3
48/ 8.0
37
2
8
Totals 22/12
85-148
.574
15-42
.357
23-35
.657
74/ 3.4
208/ 9.5
110
7
44

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