Chicago - Seven-time All-Star, six-time World Champion and 2010 NBA Hall of Fame inductee Scottie Pippen will be honoured by the Chicago Bulls with a statue outside the United Center next season, the team announced on Wednesday.
Pippen, who was named one of the NBA's 50 greatest players, was drafted out of Central Arkansas with the fifth overall choice by Seattle in 1987, but his draft rights were immediately traded to Chicago in exchange for Olden Polynice and future draft picks.
Playing alongside the legendary Michael Jordan for 8 1/2 of the first 10 seasons of his career, Pippen helped propel the Bulls to six titles in an eight-year span between 1990-98.
Pippen was a member of both the 1992 and 1996 gold medal-winning United States Olympic Basketball teams. Pippen was also named to the All-NBA First Team three times as well as being named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team a total of eight times.
For his career, Pippen averaged 16.1 points, 6.4 rebounds and 5.2 assists in 1,178 contests with the Bulls, Rockets and Trail Blazers. In 208 career playoff games, Pippen averaged 17.5 points, 7.6 rebounds and 5.0 assists.
He last suited up during the 2003-04 season with the Bulls when he was limited to 23 games thanks to knee problems.
The Bulls retired Pippen's number 33 in December, 2005.