Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen are universally recognized as the greatest duo in NBA history. The Chicago Bulls legends had great chemistry on and off the floor and tortured their opponents on both sides of the ball.
During the Last Dance docuseries, Jordan called Pippen his best teammate of all time. The five-time MVP also said Pippen’s name should be brought up whenever they speak his name.
Jordan may be the GOAT, but he knows he wouldn’t have had all the success he had in the NBA without the help of Pippen. That’s why he paid the seven-time All-Star the ultimate compliment while receiving the greatest honor a basketball player can get.
Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen won six titles together
During the ’90s, Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen dominated the NBA as a dynamic duo. They led the Bulls to six championships in an eight-year span and became brothers along the way.
Before Pippen arrived in Chicago, Jordan and the Bulls lost in the first round of the playoffs three consecutive seasons. Pippen’s first season with the Bulls was in 1987-88. Chicago beat the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first round of the ’88 postseason on Jordan’s game-winning shot in Game 5 at the buzzer to finally get to the second round.
Jordan and Pippen ran into the Detroit Pistons in the ’88 Eastern Conference Semifinals, the ’89 Eastern Conference Finals, and the ’90 Eastern Conference Finals. The Bulls lost to the Pistons three years in a row, and it appeared they would never get over the hump.
However, in the summer of 1990, the Bulls hit the weight room and got physically and mentally stronger to match up against the “Bad Boys.” When Chicago and Detroit met in the 1991 Eastern Conference Finals, Jordan and Pippen led the Bulls to a four-game sweep.
After getting past the Pistons, the Bulls became a dynasty. They defeated the Los Angeles Lakers in the ’91 Finals, the Portland Trail Blazers in the ’92 Finals, and the Phoenix Suns in the ’93 Finals.
Once he returned to the Bulls in 1994-95 after playing baseball, Jordan won three more titles with Pippen in ’96, ’97, and ’98.
In 2009, Jordan was inducted into the Hall of Fame, and the first person he thanked was none other than Pippen. It showed how deeply he appreciated him.
Jordan thanked Pippen to begin his Hall of Fame speech
To begin his memorable Hall of Fame speech, Jordan wiped tears from his eyes and thanked Pippen in a room full of basketball legends. It was a special moment for the Bulls icons.
“And all the videos. You never just saw me, you saw Scottie Pippen. Every championship I won.”
Jordan not only pushed Pippen to be great but the small forward did the same for His Airness. There’s no way Jordan wins six titles and goes 6-0 in the Finals without Pippen by his side.
When Pippen was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2010, he had Jordan present him. The two Hall of Famers will forever be linked to each other, and another duo in NBA history may never top their 6-0 Finals record.
MJ and Pip’s stats are incredible
In 1,072 games with the Bulls and Washington Wizards, Jordan averaged 30.1 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 5.3 assists. He won six championships, six Finals MVPs, five regular-season MVPs, three All-Star Game MVPs, and 10 scoring titles with the Bulls.
MJ was also the 1985 Rookie of the Year and the 1988 Defensive Player of the Year.
Meanwhile, Pippen played in 1,178 games with the Bulls, Houston Rockets, and Blazers. He averaged 16.1 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 5.2 assists and made seven All-Star teams and 10 All-Defensive teams.
The Hamburg, Arkansas native was also the 1994 All-Star Game MVP.
Stats courtesy of Basketball Reference.