The 21 greatest NBA players who never scored 50 points in a game

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7) Scottie Pippen

Many younger NBA fans may be surprised to learn that Scottie Pippen never scored 50 in a game. Pippen, of course, is well known as Michael Jordan's sidekick and also one of the NBA's 50 greatest players of all time, but he was not your typical superstar. He was more of a jack of all trades, with Pippen being a terrific defender and an above-average playmaker, helping Jordan and the Chicago Bulls win six championships in eight seasons.

With Jordan being one of the most dominant offensive players in NBA history, there was little need for Pippen to be a big-time scorer. Instead, he averaged 20 points or more only four times during his 17-year career. Some of that can be attributed to his role but Pippen wasn't a good 3-point shooter, nor did he take many threes, or free throws for that matter.

That severely limited his offensive ceiling and made it harder for him to have a big scoring outburst. Fortunately, that does little to impact his legacy, nor should it with Pippen's versatility being far more important.