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Scottie Pippen’s Son, Scotty Jr., Is Having a Breakout Basketball Season at Vanderbilt

Nearly 25 years since Scottie Pippen and the Chicago Bulls won their most recent NBA title; the basketball legend is watching his son build his own path.

Scotty Pippen Jr. is a sophomore guard at Vanderbilt and plays under former NBA standout Jerry Stackhouse. The younger Pippen is currently enjoying a breakout season, one which could put him on NBA teams’ radars.

Scotty Pippen Jr. is a sophomore guard at Vanderbilt

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The college basketball world has a new star, and his name is Scotty Pippen Jr.

A sophomore guard at Vanderbilt, Pippen is becoming a must-see player — and not because his father is in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

In his first 10 games of the 2020-21 season, Pippen averaged 21.7 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 5.9 assists in 32.4 minutes per night.

Pippen made 43.8% of his shots from the field and drilled 35.1% of his three-point tries. He is also averaging 1.5 steals per night and making 82.9% of his free throws.

Pippen averaged 12 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 3.6 as a true freshman last season.

Vanderbilt won four of its first 10 games this year after only going 11-21 in Jerry Stackhouse‘s first season.

His father is Chicago Bulls legend Scottie Pippen

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Scotty Pippen Jr. may spell his name differently, but he is indeed Scottie Pippen’s son.

Even basketball fans born after the older Pippen’s final game in 2004 are familiar with the Chicago Bulls legend.

Across 1,178 games and 1,053 starts in 17 NBA seasons, Pippen averaged 16.1 points, 6.4 rebounds, 5.2 assists, and two steals per night. Pippen shot 47.3% from the field and hit 32.6% of his three-point tries.

All six of Pippen’s NBA championships came with the Chicago Bulls. He also made seven All-Star teams, seven All-NBA teams, and 10 All-Defensive teams in those 17 years.

In addition to playing in Chicago, Pippen also played in Houston and Portland.

Scotty Pippen Jr. may not be NBA-bound just yet

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Barring a significant rise in the coming months, one shouldn’t expect to see Scotty Pippen Jr. selected in the 2021 NBA draft’s first round.

In a December 2020 scouting report, nbascoutinglive.com listed Pippen as a possible second-round pick. Alan Lu called Pippen an above-average athlete, as well as a “decent” shooter and scorer. 

Lu wrote that he is concerned with Pippen’s size — Vanderbilt lists the sophomore at 6 feet 3 inches and 170 pounds — and that he is not an “elite athlete.”

With that said, any talk about Scotty Pippen Jr. and the NBA could be a long way off, especially because the 20-year-old Pippen is only a sophomore. 

Because the NCAA gave all players an extra year of eligibility amid the coronavirus pandemic, Pippen could have up to three more seasons at Vanderbilt barring injury.

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