Scottie Pippen is mere hours away from being enshrined into an exclusive club. The Basketball Hall of Fame will open its doors to him on August 13, 2010. Joining Pippen are L.A. Laker owner Jerry Buss, Dennis Johnson, Gus Johnson, and power forward great Karl Malone, among others.
Scottie is celebrated as one of the greatest, if not greatest second options to play. For those that do not get the reference, Pippen played along side Michael Jordan, making him the second best player on his team, or second option.
Even with MJ playing the role of master scorer, No. 33 put up some monster numbers in his time on the court, as well as being a ten consecutive All-Defense Team honoree.
Any club that has a second option that could put up 20 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists like Pippen did for most of his career, is a luxury, to say the least. The team concept has to be acknowledged if someone is to produce that well will playing second fiddle. It is also safe to say that most teams with two forces can or have won multiple NBA Championships, if kept together.
The NBA today sports a select few who could be the 'Robin' to their team's 'Batman.' Some are obvious, and some have already filled a similar role.
Here is a look at five guys who have been a solid second option, and others who will be an ultimate No. 2 that could help lead their team to a ring or two (or more).