Ron Harper


Ron Harper

Infobox NBAretired



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caption=
position=Guard/Forward
number=9, 4
birthdate=birth date and age|1964|1|20
Dayton, Ohio, USA
debutyear=1986
finalyear=2001
draftyear=1986
draftround=1
draftpick=8
college=Miami University
teams=
*Cleveland Cavaliers (1986–1989)
*Los Angeles Clippers (1989–1994)
*Chicago Bulls (1994–1999)
*Los Angeles Lakers (1999–2001)
stat1label=Points
stat1value=13,910
stat2label=Rebounds
stat2value=4,309
stat3label=Steals
stat3value=1,716
bbr= harpero01
letter=h
highlights=
* 5x NBA Champion (1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001)
* 1986-87 NBA All-Rookie
HOF=

Ronald Harper (born January 20, 1964 in Dayton, Ohio) is a retired American professional basketball player whose career spanned from 1986 to 2001 with four teams in the NBA. At 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m), his position was shooting guard/point guard.

Harper starred at Miami University in Ohio, averaging 24.3 points per game, 11.2 rebounds per game, 3.2 steals per game, and 2.4 blocked shots per game. His playing style drew comparisons to Julius Erving. [http://vault.sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1064553/index.htm] After Harper's collegiate basketball career he was selected 8th overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 1986 NBA Draft. He averaged 22.9 points per game in his rookie season, placing second in Rookie of the Year balloting. After initially spending 3 seasons at the Cavaliers, he would later play for the Los Angeles Clippers, the Chicago Bulls, and Los Angeles Lakers, where he finished his career. He won five championships in his career, three with the Bulls and two with the Lakers.

While with the Clippers Harper sustained a knee injury which robbed him of much of his speed and jumping ability, though he averaged just under 2 steals per game which still remains a team record. In 1994, he signed a lucrative free agent deal with the Bulls, who were rebuilding following the initial retirement of Michael Jordan. After his first tumultuous season in Chicago, he reinvented himself as a defender and jump shooter. With the return of Jordan in late 1995, Harper remained a key component of the Bulls' perimeter defense and a third scoring option on offense. He became a fan favorite in Chicago. Although he suffered an injury late in the Bulls' record-setting 72-win season in 1996, he returned to the starting lineup for the final game of the 1996 NBA Finals.

He was a mainstay of five of Phil Jackson's last 6 championship teams, following Jackson to Los Angeles to win two more championships (after winning 3 with the bulls). Along with Harper, Dennis Rodman, John Salley, Steve Kerr and Robert Horry are the only players to win multiple NBA Championships with two different teams. [ [http://www.nba.com/finals2007/sprs_numbers_070606.html http://www.nba.com/finals2007/sprs_numbers_070606.html] . Retrieved 19 October 2007.] Interestingly, Rodman (Chicago Bulls 1996-1998), Salley (Chicago Bulls 1996 and Los Angeles Lakers 2000), Kerr (Chicago Bulls 1995-1998) and Horry (Los Angeles Lakers 1999-2001) were teammates of Harper.

In 2005, Harper signed as an assistant coach for the Detroit Pistons. [http://www.nba.com/pistons/news/harper_050926.html Pistons Finalize Coaching Staff] ] His two-year deal was not renewed in 2007. [ [http://pistonsnationblog.com/2007/06/29/pistons-add-curry/ Harper’s out, Curry’s in] ]

ee also

*List of college men's basketball players with 2000 points and 1000 rebounds

Notes

External links

* [http://www.nba.com/playerfile/ron_harper/ NBA.com player file]
* [http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/h/harpero01.html Career Statistics] at Basketball-Reference.com


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