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What happened after 'The Last Dance'? A look back at the 1999 Bulls without Jordan, Pippen and Jackson.

Jamal Collier, Chicago Tribune on

Published in Basketball

1997-98: Started 52 games and was the team's third-leading scorer.

1998-99: Led the Bulls in points (18.8), rebounds (7.0) and assists (5.3).

When Jerry Krause first started pursuing Toni Kukoc to come from Europe to the Bulls, he thought about Kukoc as someone who not only could play alongside Jordan and Pippen, but also could lead the team once they moved on. Kukoc was thrust into the leading role in '99 after most of the core moved on. Although he was the team's best player, he wasn't able to carry a team on its own.

Ron Harper

1997-98: Starting point guard averaged 9.3 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.9 assists.

1998-99: Starting shooting guard averaged 11.2 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.3 assists.

 

Ron Harper joined Toni Kukoc as the only returning starters for the Bulls, starting 35 games in '99 and finishing second on the team in scoring with 11.2 points per game. However, at 35 and in his 13th season in the league, his days of being a go-to option had faded.

Dickey Simpkins

1997-98: Played 21 games off the bench.

1998-99: Played all 50 games (35 starts).

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