Originally Posted by nycelt84
I'm not even sure you can really call Pippen a better rebounder than Jones since Jones was a great rebounder for his position. Jones was a better shooter and scorer and well and you left out that he was arguably the 2nd best player on 4-5 title teams as well as being an integral part of 10 title teams.
Jones has nice rebounding numbers, but he wasn't as strong a rebounder, playmaker, passer as Pippen was offensively. Pippen was more versatile and could play 4 positions effectively. Jones' role was being the scorer, which he was great at, but his numbers aren't much better than Pippen's overall. For the regular season, both had four seasons over 20PPG, with Pippen really stepping it up in Jordan's absence, leading his team in scoring and all other major stats.
Jones' playoff scoring is above and beyond Pippen's, but again, Pippen was better in all other aspects. His percentages, overall, are also better.
Thing is, Sharman did the same thing Jones did for the Celtics. Their roles consisted of scoring buckets. Jones took over from Sharman when Sharman's role diminished and did the exact same thing Sharman did. I think that every talented scorer, a la Mitch Richmond could've played the same role they did, which was get open/create for themselves and score. A big role yes, but there have been more great scorers that couldve done the same I think. The Celtics had a strong "supporting cast", and yes, so did the Bulls, but it is not comparable in my opinion.
Also, defensively, Pippen is on a whole different level. Arguably the greatest ever on the perimeter. He could guard multiple positions and was a nightmare for offensive players. He had a great defensive team around him, but it cant be denied that he's a top tier defense player of all time. Jones, not so much.
Yes, Jones was a key part of more title teams, but that alone doesn't make him a better player. He does not have the same individual level of play, or individual credentials to show for (all nba selections, statistics). In terms of team succes, both of them were part of great dynasties. But Pip was clearly the no. 2 player on all championship teams next to Jordan. Jones has competition from Russell, Hondo, Cousy, Sharman, (Heinsohn even?).