In light of Antron Pippen’s tragic passing at 33-years old, it only seems right to reflect on the young man’s basketball career. The son of NBA Hall of Famer and Chicago Bulls great Scottie Pippen, Antron showed great potential as a basketball player. Unfortunately, Antron suffered from chronic asthma, which limited his prospects greatly.
His condition didn’t prevent him from playing college basketball, however. Antron played for both South Georgia Technical College and Texas A&M International University. And his dad thought he had what it took to take it to the next level.
“Antron suffered from chronic asthma and if he hadn’t had it, I truly believe he would’ve made it to the NBA. He never let that get him down, though—Antron stayed positive and worked hard, and I am so proud of the man that he became,” Scottie Pippen said.
Scottie played in the NBA for 17 years and was a longtime teammate of Michael Jordan. So the man knows what he’s talking about when it comes to basketball.
Antron’s former school, SGTC, shared a heartfelt message in the wake of his death. The photos show Pippen playing for the Jets.
Watch Antron Pippen Ball Out in AAU
The video shows Antron playing for an AAU league team called the Atlanta Hawks in 2005. During his time with the team, he averaged 21.4 points per game, 5 assists, 4 rebounds, 4 steals, and 2 blocks. He shot 86% from the free-throw line and his 3-point percentage was an impressive 69%.
After his college career, Antron moved on to play semi-professional ball for the World Basketball Association. In 2013, he played for the Upstate Heat, where he averaged 21.6 points per game, 6.1 assists, 3.7 rebounds, 3 steals, and 1.4 blocks. He shot 85% from the free-throw line, and logged a 64% 3-point percentage.
Antron summed up his game by saying, “I believe that I can be an asset to any team because of my passion to excel and play the game of basketball. I am open to learn and to improve for the sake of my team and myself. I get along with others well and I am a team player. Even though I am considered small, I am not very easily intimidated, and can be a very strong mental player.”