Although Scottie Pippen had a brief stint with the Houston Rockets, he turned in several great games during his lone season in Houston.
Following the 1997-98 NBA season, the Houston Rockets were looking for an additional star player to replace Clyde Drexler, who had just retired. The Rockets already had Hakeem Olajuwon and Charles Barkley, but knew they’d need another star to make another run in the Western Conference.
Scottie Pippen ultimately became that piece, which isn’t surprising considering how they pursued Pippen before he won his final championship with the Bulls. Pippen was in search of a contract that would’ve finally paid him like one of the top players in the league, which he clearly was.
The Rockets became the team to give him that, as they inked him to a five-year deal worth upto $82 million, and the Rockets’ trio of Pippen, Olajuwon, and Barkley ended up with the fifth seed in the Western Conference. The 31-19 Rockets ended up facing the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round of the playoffs, and the Rockets’ season was over within four games.
Pippen was ultimately dealt to the Portland Trail Blazers in the offseason, which meant he only spent eight months in the Space City. Despite being limited to just 54 games with the Houston Rockets, Pippen turned in several great games in Houston.
Let’s take a look at his top-three performances with the Rockets.