Scottie Pippen is one of the famous retired American NBA players with a net worth of $20 million. During his time, he played 17 seasons in the NBA, and he earned a salary of $109 million, excluding the millions he made from endorsements.
Scottie Pippen was a phenomenal figure during his time at the Chicago bulls winning six of their NBA titles during the nine seasons he was with them. He won the NBA All-star seven times and also the All-star game MVP in 1994.
Scottie Pippen’s outstanding performance in the 1996-1997 season got him recognized among the 50 greatest basketball players in NBA history. And the Chicago Bulls are retiring his Jersey, making him one of the four players to get their Jerseys retired. He currently holds a record for the NBA player to win an NBA title and the Olympic gold medal in the same year twice.
Celebrity Name: Scottie Pippen
Real name: Scotty Maurice Pippen
Date of birth: September 25, 1965
Place of birth: Hamburg, Arkansas
Profession: basketball player, Actor
Net worth: $20 million
Race: African American
The early life of Scottie Pippen
Scotty Maurice Pippen, alias Scottie Pippen was born in the year 1965, on September 25. He is the youngest child among the 12 children of Ethel and Preston Pippen. He was the tallest among his siblings, and his father and mother were equally tall at 6′.1” and 6’ respectively.
Scottie was an active member of the Hamburg High school basketball team, and he led them to the state playoffs. For his senior year, he got all-conference honors, but unfortunately, he was not offered any scholarships.
When he was a freshman, Pippen was 6 foot 1 inch but ended up growing to 6 foot 8 as he aged. He was lucky enough to be selected in the first round of the NBA draft of 1987. He got drafted by the Seattle supersonics, but later, Chicago bulls planned to trade with Seattle to get Pippen.
The career of Scottie Pippen
Scottie Pippen played his first NBA game on November 7, 1987, the game between Chicago Bulls and Philadelphia 76ers as the season opened. At the end of the game, he had recorded 10 points, 2steals, four assists, and one rebound after 23 minutes of play. The Chicago bulls won the opening match against 76ers, at 104-94. Pippen played the starting small forward position alongside Jordan in the 1988 playoffs, making the Chicago bulls reach the semi-finals after a decade. In 1990 he got his first NBA all-star selection.
Pippen had a triple-double for the first time during the 1990-91 season. This happened when they played against Los Angeles Clippers, and he ended the game with 13 points, 12 assists, and 13 rebounds from 30 minutes of gameplay. He was appreciated by being awarded the NBA all-defensive second-team honors.
Pippen was a remarkable figure who saw the Bulls win the NBA championship in 1996, 1997, and 1998. After 11 seasons in Chicago bulls, Pippen moved to Houston Rockets to enable the Bulls to acquire Roy Rogers. From 1998-2003 Pippen was with the Portland Trailblazers and later left at the end of the 2002-2003 season. He headed back to Chicago bulls, where he announced his retirement on October 5, 2004.
At the start of the 1991 season, Scottie Pippen signed a seven-year contract worth $18 million. These figures made people claim that Scottie Pippen was underpaid, considering Michael Jordan was earning $30 million yearly. He would later feel frustrated for signing a bad deal, but interesting enough, and his NBA earnings stood at $109 million compared to Jordan’s $94 million.
The majority of his earnings came from a five-year deal at Houston Rockets worth $67.2 million at the beginning of the 1998-1999 season.
Endorsements and deals
In the first few seasons at NBA, Scottie Pippen wore Avia sneakers but would later join the Nike brand. He released a long line of iconic shoes with Nike, including the famous 1997 Pippen 1.
He signed some good deals with companies like Coca-Cola, right guard, Frito-Lay, mc Donald’s, and Ameritech cellular TV.
After he retired from active basketball, Scottie Pippen ran into some financial problems. His primary issue was caused by his former financial advisor by the name Robert Lunn. He sued Lunn on claims the Lunn had squandered $20 million of his money. In this process, Pippen became aware that Lunn not only stole his investments but was also committing bank fraud. His advisor has given$7 million to a real estate developer who would later file for bankruptcy and take the money.
To date, Pippen is remembered as a great defender in NBA and a very agile and versatile player. His commendable work ethic and good physique gave him the ability to perform exceptionally on the court. His success in the game would also reflect his personal life, considering he has earned some millions from his salary and endorsements. Despite earlier financial troubles, his net worth is currently at $20 million.