A number 2, all-time great, Top 5 players of 1996 cannot ave 15.6 ppg in NBA Finals & expect it to be called a winning contribution
For a # 3 option, 15.6 is very good. For # 2, Pippen's stats are poor. Pippen should've ave 20-22 ppg to say he had a "good" series, 23-24 ppg would've been a "great" series as # 2
If you tell me at the begining, # 1 option will score 27 ppg & #2 option will score 15 ppg, I'd immediately tell you that team will loose NBA Finals in 5-6 games.
no matter what you do defensively & rebounding wise, a great player still needs to put up atleast 20 ppg in the Finals if he is top 2 players of the team.
You'll loose Finals for not putting up enough pts on the board
Kukoc, rodman, Kerr really saved Pippen in this Finals. MJ did not put enoug pts to help pippen out.
This was one tough fought Finals for this reason alone.
You obviously aren't taking circumstances into account.
The bulls/sonics series was a low scoring series. Especially when compared to previous finals. The bulls only avg 79 shots per game. As a comparison, the 87 layers avg 92 shots per
Give credit to payton who defended him for 3 games.
However, when Jordan completed the unprecedented trifecta Sunday night by taking home the MVP of the NBA Finals, some critics cried foul. Dennis Rodman, they claim, merited more consideration, especially after his second 19-rebound performance of the series. (20 rebounds in Game 2)
"I don't know who got the MVP, but I do know Dennis Rodman won two games for them," Seattle coach George Karl said. "I thought we contained Michael pretty well throughout the series, but Dennis Rodman won two basketball games for Chicago. He won Game 2 and he was the reason they were successful tonight. They got a lot of extra possessions because of his 11 offensive rebounds. He got as many, or nearly as many, by himself as we did as a team." - George Karl after Game 6
Post '96 finals analysis of the MVP.
"Listen, everybody knows I'm a Tarheel, undergraduate and graduate and obviously one of the world's biggest Jordan fans coming from that background. I really believe Dennis Rodman was the MVP of this series. Jordan was the difference in game 3. I think game 1 was largely a team effort. But in game 2 and 6, particularly yesterday when the psyche was hanging in the balance. I think he's the guy who established their authority for them on the court and the guy who provided clutch plays for them when they most needed them, particularly at the end of game 2."
As someone who has actually SEEN the series, I've been split 50/50 on who the MVP was. Rodman was (clearly) the MVP of two wins (Jordan played sub-par in those games), Jordan was clearly the MVP of the other two (Rodman played/rebounded well in those games).
Rodman was definitely a candidate so I'm not sure why people are acting like this is revisionist history when at the time many thought he deserved it, and he did in fact receive votes for the award too. Even in retrospect you can make that argument. Rodman's historic offensive rebounding was the single thing that made up for the Bull's and Jordan's shooting woes. That is the biggest reason they won despite shooting worse than Seattle, as Rodman kept buying possession after possession, which not only created second chance points for his team but huge momentum shifts as well.
When was Pippen NOT injured? Seems like in every series/game/season where he plays below standards he's injured. Convenient.
Injuries tend to effect a players play. Why should pippen be treated differently?
Id also like to point out the amount of games pippen played in from 90 to 99. He played in evey playoff, including 6 championships, 2 ecfs (both of which went to 7 games), 2 semis (one which went 7 and the other 6), and participated in 2 olympics in which both times his teams went the distance and won gold.
That is a lot of basketball without any considerable amount of rest. No other player has had to play at such a high level for so long. And he was playing against some violent teams. Teams that were more thugs than basketball players.