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Scotty Pippen Jr. Looks to Escape His Father’s Shadow in the NBA

"I’m my own person. I’m creating my own legacy here."
Scotty Pippen Jr. NBA Draft 2022

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Living in the shadow of a parent is rarely an easy scenario. Especially when your father is regarded as one of the greatest players to ever wear a Chicago Bulls uniform. However, Scotty Pippen Jr. looks to make his own path as he prepares to embark on his NBA journey next month.

“The name is a blessing and a curse,” Pippen Jr. said. “People doubt me because of it. They expect me to be something and put a certain pressure on me and they think of my dad when they look at me. I’m used to it. I’m my own person. I’m creating my own legacy here.”

Pippen Jr. spent the last three years at Vanderbilt, where he earned All-SEC Team honors twice and a spot on the SEC All-Freshman Team. In his junior year, he led the SEC in scoring with 20.4 PPG. On top of that, he averaged 4.5 APG and 3.6 RPG.

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Scotty Pippen Jr. NBA Draft Outlook

An under-the-radar guard, the former Commodore currently projects as a late second-round pick. Pippen Jr. has drawn comparisons to Fred VanVleet due to his small stature and crafty play style that features significant control. Becoming a knockdown three-point shooter and an elite on-ball defender will be Pippen Jr.’s path to the NBA.

Scotty Pippen Jr. loved coming back to Chicago to partake in the NBA Draft Combine. “The city of Chicago showed so much love to my family, my dad,” said Pippen Jr. “As a kid, always going to Bulls games and now to be back in the city where it all started feels great. I consider this home.”

The Sacramento Kings currently own the Chicago Bulls' second-round pick, so the chances of Pippen Jr. landing with his father's former team via the draft are slim. But if he falls out of the draft, there is a chance the Bulls could sign him as an undrafted free agent.

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