Who do you think was the better player in their prime, Scottie Pippen or John Havlicek?

John Havlicek.

It honestly irks me that modern fans all rank Pippen ahead of Hondo.

Hondo was the better scorer, had a FINALS MVP, has 2 more rings, 6 more All-NBA teams, almost as many All-Def teams, and just as good of a rebounder and passer as Pippen.

Little known fact: Hondo would have probably won the Finals MVP in 1969 if it didn’t go to Jerry West on the losing team. Russell was still very valuable defensively, but he was close to retirement and on the way out, whereas Hondo carried the team offensively averaging 28/11/4 that series vs the Lakers.

In 1971, Havlicek averaged a ridiculous 29 PPG, 9 RPG, 7.5 APG. That’s Lebron numbers. Pippen’s best season in 1994 was 22 PPG, 9 RPG, 5.6 APG. That’s not nearly as impressive.

I actually made a video about this comparison before.

Havlicek was the better player, both stats wise and career wise. Even defensively Pippen might have the edge but not by a lot since Hondo was really good defensively too.

Havlicek was also a better leader; for half of his career he was co-captain of the team along with Dave Cowens in the 1970s and led them to two championships. He has 6 rings with Bill Russell and 2 without. Pippen’s lone season without Jordan in 1994, lost in the 2nd round and that’s all she wrote.

It’s another case of disrespecting the older players that Pippen always goes before Hondo on all time lists.