ok i agree Pippen was a great sf. But what i meant not top 5 at his peak, is to take charge , carry the bulls and make clutch shots. That was 90 plus percent Jordan. Absurd notion. Pippen at his prime was the 2nd best player in basketball. Jeff Green is nothing like Pippen. Pippen played a career as second fiddle because he was paired with MJ for so much of his career. You obviously must have been extremely young or not born during the 90's to have the misguided opinion you have on Scottie Pippen.
This is the similiarities i find with Jeff Green. Like a Pippen type . Without them it makes winning that much harder. But when you need to nail the coffin closed, they are not too great in doing it
Again, Scottie Pippen was the 2nd best player in the league for much of his peak and was never given his truly just due because he played in the shadow of MJ. Actuallt for a few of those peak years, Pippen was the best defensive player in the league, though he never got a DPOY because at that time, they just LOVED giving that award to shot blockers.
I don't know that he was ever the 2nd best player in the league - it's hard to tell because he did defer a lot on offense.
I do think there's a good case for him being the best defensive player at SF ever. And, he might be in the conversation for top 5 SF ever as well. He and KG are the two best team defenders I have ever seen.
I mean, he was an absolutely dominant player on D, and could completely shut down anyone from PG to PF. So versatile. And while Pippen was not a great end-of-game offensive player, he won plenty of games at the other end, by getting a key stop or steal. That is just as important.
In the one year in which he was the focal point of the team, 1993-1994, he averaged 22 ppg, 9rpg, 5.6apg, 2.9spg and 0.8bpg while being named to The All-NBA 1st and All-NBA Defensive 1st teams.
The fact that he didn't win DPOY seems shocking until you look at the competition during the 1990s: Robinson, Hakeem, Rodman, Mutombo, Payton and Jordan. I don't know that there's ever been another period in NBA history with so many superb defenders.