For 21 years and in 16 seasons, Scottie Pippen held sway in the NBA history alongside the likes of Michael Jordan and Shaquille O’Neal. He contributed a lot in popularizing both the NBA itself and Chicago Bulls where he started and spent most of his professional career days. Then, about a decade after Scottie retired from the game, another ‘Pippen’ name (Kavion) popped up in the NBA, prompting many basketball fans to wonder if Kavion Pippen and Scottie Pippen are related in any way. Oh yes, since they share a surname and similar sporting skills, this question is downright reasonable. And some people even say they bear a spitting resemblance to each other.
Who Are Kavion And Scottie Pippen?
Born on October 15 1996, Kavion Pippen is a young, up and coming basketball pro who started playing for the Texas-based NBA G League team, Austin Spurs since October 26, 2019. As a student of Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Kavion Pippen earlier spent his 2-season-long college career with The Southern Illinois Salukis Men’s Basketball Team between 2017 and 2019.
Although Kavion Pippen was undrafted during the 2019 NBA Draft that held on June 20, 2019, at Barclay’s Center, Brooklyn, New York, he nonetheless signed with the California-based team Golden State Warriors on October 7, 2019, and was sent to play for Golden State’s G League affiliate Santa Cruz Warriors. However, less than 3 weeks later, Austin Spurs acquired the returning right for Kavion from Golden State and Santa Cruz Warriors.
Kavion Pippen who stands at the height of 6 feet, 10 inches (2.08 meters) and has a listed weight of 240 lbs (109kg) plays the five (center position). In his career with the Salukis, Kavion averaged 12.4 points, 1.7 blocks, and 5.8 rebounds per game.
Scottie, on the other hand, is generally known as Scottie Pippen, but his full name is Scotty Maurice Pippen. He was born on September 25, 1965, and played in the NBA League for 16 seasons between 1987 and 2008. Drafted 5th overall in round 1 of the 1987 NBA Draft, Scottie began his professional life with the Chicago Bulls of the NBA. Together with Michael Jordan and other teammates, he helped to achieve the big names that Bulls and the NBA itself now enjoy. In recognition of this, Scottie proudly has his name etched in stone at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, MA.
A small forward (actually one of the best five NBA has produced), Scottie Pippen, stands at the height of 6 feet, 8 inches (or 6.03 meters) and has a listed weight of 225 lbs (or 102kg). He has 6 NBA titles to his credit and has been named one of the Best 50 Players in the annals of the NBA.
Is Kavion Pippen Related To Scottie Pippen?
Kavion and Scottie share a similar stature, similar skills, and even similar facial shape and color. And they are both African Americans. As we have been able to discover also, both Pippens are natives of Hamburg city in Ashley County, Arkansas. Things became even more apparent when Kavion picked jersey number 33, same number that Scottie used to wear. The question now is, are these coincidences, providences, or are Kavion Pippen and Scottie Pippen actually related by blood outside these general ethnic and other considerations?
To make a long story short, we have come to find out that Kavion Pippen is actually related to the basketball legend Scottie. He is Scottie’s nephew while Scottie is his uncle. At the starting days of his college career in 2017, Kavion was approached by a college journalist Tom Weber who was trying to find out the truth about his family connections to the Hall of Famer Scottie. In response, Kavion said that as a child, he used to look forward to every year’s family reunion because he hoped to see his uncle Scottie. Revealing how the love for basketball began to bud in him that early, Kavion told the world that Scottie Pippen was one uncle he loved to stick around with during those annual family reunions and any other time he came around. Eventually, Kavion did not only catch the basketball light from his uncle Scottie by looking up to him, but also by getting valuable pieces of advice from him.
It is clear that sporting skills run in the Pippen family of Hamburg Arkansas because, apart from Kavion and Scottie, they also had Taylor Pippen, who played volleyball on the men’s college team at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.