Originally Posted by 97 bulls
I think Jordan was a better man defender than Pippen, but Pip was a better overall defender and more impactful.
I agree! Major elements of defense include man defense, team defense, and defensive versatility. Some people in this post are underestimating defensive versatility for some reason. Pip is close to MJ's level in terms of man defense and team defense. But Pip's defensive versatility is arguably the best of all time. That versatility is ENOUGH to give Pip the edge on MJ in terms of overall defense.
For example as great a defender as Chris Paul is, he can only defend PG's and some SG's. In comparison to Lebron who can defend PG, SG, SF, PF, and some centers. So even if CP3 is a better man defender, Bron is the more VALUABLE defender because of his versatility. That versatility gives his teams more flexiblity.
As we have seen, bigger perimeter guys like Magic and Bird gave MJ the most trouble in my opinion. A freak athlete like Pippen had the size and athletic ability to guard them more effectively. So once again, defensive versatility can be used as a tiebreaker if the other elements are close.