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58. Ron Harper

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58. Ron Harper
Ron Harper was a great basketball player who knew what it took to win.  The greatest player ever to come from the Miami of Ohio, Harper was drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers and was the perfect complimentary player on some sensational professional teams.  Unlike most complimentary players, Harper was once a superstar.  He averaged 24 points and 11 rebounds in his collegiate career and was second in Rookie of the Year voting.  Injuries cut back on his skill but Harper did not give in and became a huge part of the Bulls teams in the late 90’s.  He then followed Coach Phil Jackson to Los Angeles to the Lakers and won two more titles.  13,000 career NBA points tells you he could play and five rings tell you he was a winner.  What more do you need?



Should Ron Harper be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 60.9%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 20.5%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 12.2%
No opinion. - 1.9%
No way! - 4.5%

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Dayton, Ohio, U.S.A.
  • Eligible Since: Monday, 01 January 2007
  • Position: Shooting Guard
  • Played For: Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers
  • College: Miami (Ohio)
  • Drafted: 1st Round, 8th Overall in 1986
  • Major Accolades and Awards: NBA First Team All-Rookie (1987)
    NBA Championship (5) (Chicago Bulls, 1995-96, 1996-97 & 1997-98 Los Angeles Lakers, 1999-2000 & 2000-01)
    Second Team All-American (1) (1986)
    MAC Player of the Year (2) (1985 & 1986)
    First Team All-MAC (3) (1984, 1985 & 1986)
  • Other Points of Note: Top Ten Finishes: Steals (3) (1986-87, 1988-89 & 1992-93)
    Top Ten Finishes: Steals per Game (2) (1986-87, 1988-89 & 1992-93)
    Top Ten Finishes: Field Goal Attempts (1) (1986-87)
    Top Ten Finishes: 2-Point Field Goal Attempts (1) (1986-87)
    Top Ten FInishes: Free Throw Attempts (1) (1986-87)
    Top Ten Finishes: Minutes Played (2) (1986-87 & 1991-92)
    Top Ten Finishes: Minutes per Game (1) (1993-94)
    Top Ten Finishes: Defensive Win Shares (1) (1988-89)
    Top Ten Finishes: Box Plus/Minus (1) (1988-89)
    Top Ten Finishes: Defensive Box Plus/Minus (4) (1988-89, 1995-96, 1996-97 & 1997-98)
    Top Ten Finishes: VORP (1) (1988-89)
    Top Ten Finishes: Defensive Rating (1) (1988-89)
    Top Ten Finishes: Usage Rating (1) (1986-87)
    Top Ten Finishes: Steal Percentage (5) (1986-87, 1987-88, 1988-89, 1994-95 & 1995-96)
  • Notable All-time Rankings: 26.  Steals: 1,716
    38.  Steal Percentage: 2.8
    45.  Steals per Game: 1.7
    72.  Defensive Box Plus/Minus: 1.4
    77.  Defensive Win Shares: 44.1

Should Ron Harper be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 60.9%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 20.5%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 12.2%
No opinion. - 1.9%
No way! - 4.5%