Poll: Scottie Pippen vs Chris Mullin
The small forward position offers the greatest variety of player types, ranging from athletes capable of playing all five positions to highly skilled shooters and defensive specialists. This week’s poll presents you with the opportunity to select between two of the best to ever play the position for your very own 3x3 squad.
Known by many as one of the top defensive small forwards in the history of the game, Scottie Pippen was that and much, much more. A six-time NBA Champion, Pippen was elected into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010. Pippen won three gold medals, including two Olympic gold medals (1992 and 1996), with the USA Basketball Men’s National team, and was the team’s defensive stopper in 1992. Pippen took on the responsibility of guarding Croatia’s Tony Kukoc in the USA's second Olympic game that year and held Kukoc to four points and seven turnovers in the 33-point victory. Pippen finished the '92 Barcelona Olympic Games averaging 8.0 points per game, and a team second best 6.1 assists per game.
Also a two-time Olympic gold medalist (1984 and 1992) and member of the 1992 “Dream Team,” Chris Mullin, a 2011 Hall of Fame Inductee, is one of the game’s greatest shooters. Known for his left-handed shot as much as his flat-top fade, Mullin was a legend with limitless range that could stuff the stat sheet. Mullin averaged double-digit scoring in both the 1984 and 1992 Olympics, but also had games in which he tallied six steals and five blocks during those gold medal runs. In the 1992 Olympics he shot 63.3 percent from the field and made a sizzling 15-of-30 3-pointers, and in 16 NBA seasons shot 50.9 percent from the field and made 815 3-point shots.
While either player would be a worthy addition to your 3x3 team, it all comes down to what your team needs most. Will it be one of the game’s deadliest defenders or greatest shooters? There are no wrong answers here, only the player that fits best on your squad!