The Last Dance

Who is Ron Harper? Fast facts on the starting point guard of 'The Last Dance' Chicago Bulls

Ronald Harper is a five-time NBA Champion who played 15 years in the league between 1986 to 2001. For more details on his career, here are some fast facts on the defensive guard:


Harper was born on January 20th, 1964 in Dayton, Ohio.

Growing up where he was born, Harper first attended high school at Belmont High School in Dayton and then transferred to Kiser High School in Dayton. Graduating from Kiser in 1982, he averaged 20.5 points, 13.4 rebounds, five assists, five steals and six blocked shots as a senior and was named first-team All-Ohio.

For collegiate basketball, Harper went to Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and played out his four years.

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Representing the Miami Redskins in the Mid-American Conference (MAC), he was named MAC Player of the year twice (1985, 86) and was named to three first-team All-MAC (1984-86). In the final three years of the four, he played a key role in the team earning a berth in the NCAA tournament.

Twice, he led the Redskins to MAC titles. His decorated college career, where he was the first men's player in MAC history to score 2,000 points and grab 1,000 rebounds in a career, he held Miami's all-time records for career scoring average (19.8), games started (118), minutes played (4,164), field goals (969), and blocked shots (173).

At his final home game, he became the first player in college history to have his jersey retired (34).

NBA career highlighted by Bulls' titles

Declaring for the NBA Draft in 1986, Harper was drafted eighth overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers.

He averaged 19.4 points, 5.1 assists, and 4.7 rebounds in 228 regular season games over 3.5 seasons before he was traded to the LA Clippers early on, in the 1989-90 season. With the Clippers, he averaged 19.3 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 4.8 assists in 304 regular season games until the end of the 1994 season.

Prior to the 1994-95 season, he signed with the Bulls and re-invented himself as a big guard defender, who can handle the ball and be an efficient mid-range scorer.

In his five seasons with the Bulls, which included the second 3-peat and 72-win season, Harper proved to be a key part of the Bulls rotations as he started 324 of the 350 games he played for the franchise.

Following the 3-peat, Harper played an extra season with the Bulls where they finished with a 13-37 record. However, he quickly reunited with Phil Jackson in Los Angeles by signing with the Lakers.

He was a member of the Lakers' two titles in 2000 and 2001 before he announced his retirement after playing 15 years in the league.

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