The Last Dance

Who is Scott Burrell? Fast facts on the reserve small forward of 'The Last Dance' Chicago Bulls

Scott Burrell, currently the associate head coach at Southern Connecticut State, played eight of his 13-year professional seasons in the NBA.

So who is Burrell? Here are some fast facts on the 6-foot-7 forward.


Scott David Burrell was born on Jan. 12, 1971 in New Haven, Connecticut.

He attended Hamden High School in Connecticut before playing college basketball for four years (1989-93) at the University of Connecticut.

Burrell was drafted by MLB franchises twice - once by the Seattle Mariners during his senior year at high school and the second time by the Toronto Blue Jays after his freshman year at college - but Burrell chose to continue with basketball.

NBA career

The Charlotte Hornets selected Burrell with the 20th overall pick in the 1993 NBA Draft.

He played out the first 3.5 seasons of his career with the Hornets, highlighted by his third-place finish in the Most Improved Player voting in the 1994-95 season. Midway through the 1996-97 season, he was traded to the Golden State Warriors, where he played out the rest of the season before being traded in the 1997 offseason to the Chicago Bulls.

For the 1997-98 season, Burrell averaged 5.2 points and 2.5 rebounds in 13.7 minutes across 80 games played for the Bulls. He won his first and only NBA Championship with Chicago that season.

His season-high of 24 points (8-13 FGs, 5-7 3PTs) came in the penultimate game before the All-Star break, as the Bulls blew out the Nuggets in Denver by 39. However, he did have a standout game in the playoffs, where he erupted for 23 points (9-11 FGs, 3-5 3PTs) in 24 minutes in the closeout game of the first round against the New Jersey Nets.

After the title run, he played two seasons in New Jersey for the Nets before returning to Charlotte in 2001 for what would be his final season in the league. After his time in the NBA, Burrell played professional basketball for another five years with stops in countries like China, the Philippines and Japan.

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