The Golden State Warriors are eternally linked to the legendary Bulls dynasty of the '90s due to the fact that the Dubs broke the Bulls' long-standing wins record in the 2015-16 season, amassing 73 wins. But now they have a new connection to the '90s Bulls in the form of their recent signing, Kavion Pippen.
Warriors sign free agent center Kavion Pippen pic.twitter.com/wooRR2223p— Warriors PR (@WarriorsPR) October 7, 2019
Kavion Pippen is the nephew of Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen, and he played his NCAA basketball at Southern Illinois. Over two seasons with the Salukis, Pippen averaged 12.4 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game. He was an efficient shooter as well, finishing his NCAA career with a 57% true shooting percentage.
The Warriors are in the early stages of figuring out what works around their new Steph Curry-D'Angelo Russell-Draymond Green-Klay Thompson core and have added plenty of young bigs to throw in the mix.
This list includes Marquese Chriss, Eric Paschall and Omari Spellman. This group produced well in the Warriors first preseason game – the trio combined for 25 points and 6 assists in the 123-101 loss to the Lakers – but also contributed significantly to the Dubs finishing with a -11 margin on the boards. So it comes as no surprise that Golden State waived wing Devyn Marble to make room to add another physical big to the roster.
In his time at Southern Illinois, Pippen made the MVC All-Newcomer Team, MVC All-Defensive Team and twice was selected for the All-MVC Third Team. In his senior year, he led the Salukis in total points, rebounds, and also finished with eighth-best single-season block total in school history (63 over 32 games).
The terms of Pippen's contract haven't been announced yet but it is likely he will be signed to an Exhibit 10 contract that will see him landing with the Warriors G League affiliate, the Santa Cruz Warriors.