In Chicago, Steve Kerr provided the resurging Chicago Bulls led by 1994 NBA All-Star game MVP Scottie Pippen, with the same package he did for the Cleveland Cavaliers on the turn of the decade – instant offense from the bench. Of course, the stakes changed after Michael Jordan decided to return to the Game in March of 1995. While quietly emerging as one of the leaders of the Bulls second unit, alongside Croatian Sensation Toni Kukoc, power forward Jason Caffey and center Bill Wennington, Kerr’s game reached new heights in the period between 1993-94 and 1997-98. During the 1993-94 season, Kerr posted his new career-high with 8.6 points per game.
NBA changed the rules, just before the 1994-95 season, and it greatly affected the magnitude and longevity of Kerr’s overall playing career. To make the game more effective and closer to international FIBA
rules, the league decided to shorten the three-point line distance from (7.24m) to (6.75m). Kerr fully embraced the new distance and throughout the next three seasons (from 1994-95 until 1996-97) took full advantage of the new three-point arc.
In 1994-95 Kerr led the league in the category of three-point field goal efficiency while hitting an outstanding 52.4% of his shots from beyond the arc and making a total of 89 triples in the regular season. The second-best on the 1994-95 list and the only player who managed to shoot better than 50% that season was the Sonics forward Detlef Schrempf, who hit 93 triples with 51.4% accuracy.
Next season (1995-96), Kerr made a career-high 122 triples with 51.5 percent from the field in the regular season and was the only player to shot better than 50% from beyond the arc other than the league leader Tim Legler (Washington Bullets; 52.2%). Kerr played an instrumental role for 1996-1998 NBA Champions Chicago Bulls, providing the contender
not only with his long-distance shooting but also with his great mix of experience and leadership.
So, it’s no surprise that during the last huddle the 1997 NBA finals game 6 in Chicago, on June 13th, 1997, Michael Jordan agreed to pass the ball to the wide-open Kerr on a perimeter for a final shot. Moments later, MJ was doubled, and Kerr did just he was asked to do – sank a game-winning shot!
During his last season with the late 1997-98 Chicago Bulls, which is featured in the documentary ‘The Last Dance,’ Kerr hit 57 triples with 43.8% accuracy during the regular season. But then, in the postseason,
Kerr went to another level by hitting 19 triples out of 41 tries, which accounts for 46.3% accuracy.
After Chicago, Kerr had career stops in San Antonio and Portland. While providing those two elite teams with his shooting expertise and veteran experience he managed to win his fourth and fifth NBA
championship ring, respectively, with 1998-99 and 2002-03 San Antonio Spurs teams.