Scottie Pippen is one of the most well-known professional basketball players of all time. He is known for his incredible hall of fame worthy defense, his terrific all-around skill level and also being Michael Jordan’s sidekick in the six championship runs the Chicago Bulls had in the 1990’s. He became an iconic basketball figure in the 90’s and is still relevant today, so when he speaks on the topic of the NBA and current day NBA players, it is worth listening to.

His defense was his biggest attribute throughout his career, as Pippen made the All-NBA defensive first team eight times, and the second team on two occasions.

He also made the all-star team seven times, the All-NBA first team three times and as we all know, won six NBA championships. He wasn’t just Jordan’s sidekick; as his achievements show, he was one of the greatest individuals ever to step foot on the hardwood.

Pippen has his take on LeBron

Scottie Pippen went on ESPN First Take to talk with Max Kellerman and Stephen A. Smith about the NBA [VIDEO], and more specifically about the debate between who the greatest player of all time is, LeBron James [VIDEO] or Michael Jordan? With LeBron having arguably the best season of his career in year number 15, averaging 28.2 points, 9.3 assists, 8.3 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 1.1 blocks on 57.2% shooting from the field and 41.1% from beyond the arc, it’s no surprise he is being compared to MJ again. Obviously, James does not have six NBA championships like Jordan does, but Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen believes he has other attributes that could put him ahead of Chicago’s greatest.

“The numbers don’t lie. He’s right there," said Pippen. "He probably will never catch him in terms of MVP, but in terms of statistics, LeBron is right there. And when you look across the board – not just scoring – check his assists, check his rebounds… he’s probably ahead of Jordan.”

Scottie makes a very good point, LeBron’s stats already have him above many great players in NBA history, and looking back at the careers of different players it will be hard to argue with LeBron’s statistical resume. James has the chance to become the only player in NBA history with atleast 40,000 points, 10,000 rebounds and 10,000 assists. With those impressive numbers, it will be hard for anyone else to compete.

Consistent excellence

If there is one thing Lebron can do to prove himself as being the greatest to ever do it, it would be for him to perform like the best player in the league every year. He has consistently averaged over 27 points, seven rebounds, and seven assists while being a dominant defensive presence throughout his entire 15-year career. With another spectacular season underway in year 15, James is having one of the best years of his career at age 32.