Michael Finley
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Michael Finley

Michael Finley
Michael Finley 2009.jpg
Finley with the Spurs in 2009
Dallas Mavericks
PositionVice President of Basketball Operations
LeagueNBA
Personal information
Born (1973-03-06) March 6, 1973 (age 47)
Melrose Park, Illinois
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High schoolProviso East (Maywood, Illinois)
CollegeWisconsin (1991-1995)
NBA draft1995 / Round: 1 / Pick: 21st overall
Selected by the Phoenix Suns
Playing career1995-2010
PositionSmall forward / Shooting guard
Number4, 40
Career history
1995-1996Phoenix Suns
1996-2005Dallas Mavericks
2005-2010San Antonio Spurs
2010Boston Celtics
Career highlights and awards
Career statistics
Points17,306 (15.8 ppg)
Rebounds4,804 (4.4 rpg)
Assists3,245 (2.9 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Michael Howard Finley (born March 6, 1973) is an American former professional basketball player who is the Vice President of Basketball Operations for the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played 15 seasons in the NBA, predominantly with the Mavericks but also for the Phoenix Suns (who drafted him in 1995), the San Antonio Spurs and the Boston Celtics. He was a two-time NBA All-Star and won an NBA championship with the Spurs in 2007.

High school career

Finley attended Proviso East High School in Maywood, Illinois, graduating in 1991. In Finley's senior season, Proviso East won the 1991 IHSA class AA boys basketball tournament,[1] and Finley was named to the all-tournament team. Finley's teammates, known collectively as the "Three Amigos", included future NBA draftees Sherrell Ford and Donnie Boyce.

In 2007, Finley was voted one of the "100 Legends of the IHSA Boys Basketball Tournament".[2]

College career

The 6' 7" shooting guard/small forward was originally drafted out of University of Wisconsin-Madison by the Phoenix Suns as the 21st overall pick of the 1995 NBA draft. Finley held the all-time scoring record at Wisconsin for eleven years before being passed by Alando Tucker on March 10, 2007.[3]

College Career Statistics

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1991-92 Wisconsin 31 28 29.7 .453 .361 .742 4.9 2.7 0.9 0.8 12.3
1992-93 Wisconsin 28 28 35.0 .467 .364 .771 5.8 3.1 1.8 0.6 22.1
1993-94 Wisconsin 29 29 36.1 .466 .363 .786 6.7 3.2 1.4 0.7 20.4
1994-95 Wisconsin 27 27 37.0 .379 .284 .773 5.2 4.0 1.9 0.6 20.5
Career[4] 128 96 35.1 .577 .321 .689 12.3 2.3 .5 3.8 16.5

NBA career

Phoenix Suns (1995-1996)

Finley was named to the 1995-96 NBA All-Rookie First Team and finished third in Rookie of the Year voting after averaging fifteen points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game. He became only the third rookie in Suns history to score over 1,000 points in a season. Despite playing all 82 games in his rookie season, Finley was injured on the final day of regular season and did not play in the playoffs. He was traded by the Suns on December 26, 1996[5] to the Dallas Mavericks along with Sam Cassell, A. C. Green and a second-round draft pick for Jason Kidd, Tony Dumas and Loren Meyer.

Dallas Mavericks (1996-2005)

In his first season with the Mavericks, Finley led the team in scoring, assists and steals. Along with point guard Steve Nash and forward Dirk Nowitzki, he became an integral part of the Mavericks' late '90s "run and gun" offense.

In 2000, he was selected to represent the Western Conference in the 2000 All-Star Game, in which he scored eleven points. On January 23, 2001, Finley tied an NBA record by recording eight steals in one half of a game.[6] In 2001, he was again selected to represent the Western Conference on All-Star weekend. He played for the US national team in the 2002 FIBA World Championship,[7] which lost a record-three games and failed to win a championship for the first time in a major competition since FIBA opened international competitions to NBA players.

While Finley began to play more of a supporting role (small forward) as he aged and teammate Dirk Nowitzki blossomed, he remained a clutch player for the Mavericks. In 2005, he was waived by Dallas to avoid luxury taxes (as part of the league's new labor agreement) on his 51.8 million US$ salary over the next three years. Finley became an unrestricted free agent and after being pursued by Detroit, Miami, Minnesota, and Phoenix, he elected to remain in Texas with the San Antonio Spurs.

San Antonio Spurs (2005-2010; First NBA title)

In San Antonio he adapted well to a secondary role as Manu Ginóbili's backup, developing and emphasizing his outside shooting. The Spurs were knocked out of the 2006 NBA Playoffs by his former team one year after he made the switch. During the series, Finley was punched below the belt by former teammate Jason Terry during Game 5, which earned Terry a suspension for the next game of the series and the suspension decision irritated Cuban, the Mavericks'boss.[8] but the Spurs lost Game 7 after an overtime.

In the fifth and final game of San Antonio's first-round series against Denver in 2007, Finley set the Spurs' record for three-point field goals in a playoff game, making eight of nine attempts. He eclipsed the previous record of seven set by teammate Bruce Bowen in 2003. Finley won his only NBA championship in 2007 with the San Antonio Spurs in his 12th NBA season.

At Finley's request, the Spurs bought out the final year of his contract and waived him on March 1, 2010, freeing him to sign with another team.

Boston Celtics (2010)

On March 4, 2010, Finley reached a verbal agreement with the Boston Celtics to join the team for the remainder of the 2009-10 season.[9] He signed with the Celtics on March 6, 2010.[10] The Celtics would reach the 2010 NBA Finals, but would lose to the Los Angeles Lakers in seven games. At the end of the season, Finley announced he would retire.

Personal life

Finley began playing basketball in elementary school. His favorite player was Michael Jordan and he would occasionally go to Chicago Bulls games.[11] He majored in business management at Wisconsin.[5] Finley attended the same high school as current Philadelphia 76ers head coach Doc Rivers.

Other work

Basketball

He works in the front office as the Vice President of Basketball Operations for the Dallas Mavericks.[12][13]

Film

Finley was one of the producers of the films Lee Daniels' The Butler and The Birth of a Nation.[14]

NBA career statistics

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1995-96 Phoenix 82 72 39.2 .476 .328 .749 4.6 3.5 1.0 .4 15.0
1996-97 Phoenix 27 18 29.5 .475 .255 .812 4.4 2.5 .7 .1 13.0
1996-97 Dallas 56 36 35.6 .432 .387 .807 4.5 2.8 .9 .4 16.0
1997-98 Dallas 82 82 41.4* .449 .357 .784 5.3 4.9 1.6 .4 21.5
1998-99 Dallas 50 50 41.0 .444 .331 .823 5.3 4.4 1.3 .3 20.2
1999-2000 Dallas 82 82 42.2 .457 .401 .820 6.3 5.3 1.3 .4 22.6
2000-01 Dallas 82 82 42.0* .458 .346 .775 5.2 4.4 1.4 .4 21.5
2001-02 Dallas 69 69 39.9* .463 .339 .837 5.2 3.3 .9 .4 20.6
2002-03 Dallas 69 69 38.3 .425 .370 .861 5.8 3.0 1.1 .3 19.3
2003-04 Dallas 72 72 38.6 .443 .405 .850 4.5 2.9 1.2 .5 18.6
2004-05 Dallas 64 64 36.8 .427 .407 .831 4.1 2.6 .8 .3 15.7
2005-06 San Antonio 77 18 26.5 .412 .394 .852 3.2 1.5 .5 .1 10.1
2006-07+ San Antonio 82 16 22.2 .412 .364 .918 2.7 1.3 .4 .2 9.0
2007-08 San Antonio 82 61 26.9 .414 .370 .800 3.1 1.4 .4 .1 10.1
2008-09 San Antonio 81 77 28.8 .437 .411 .823 3.3 1.4 .5 .2 9.7
2009-10 San Antonio 25 6 15.8 .381 .317 .667 1.5 0.8 .2 .2 3.7
2009-10 Boston 21 1 15.0 .506 .463 .333 1.6 1.1 .2 .1 5.2
Career 1103 875 34.5 .440 .390 .813 4.1 2.9 .9 .3 15.7
All-Star 2 0 14.5 .476 .250 1,000 2.0 2.5 .0 .0 11.5

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2001 Dallas 10 10 43.4 .360 .362 .818 5.3 4.4 1.2 .2 19.7
2002 Dallas 8 8 46.6 .466 .378 .900 6.3 2.3 1.5 .5 24.6
2003 Dallas 20 20 41.1 .435 .412 .864 5.8 3.0 1.3 .6 18.3
2004 Dallas 5 5 69 .382 .269 .600 3.2 2.6 .8 .6 13.0
2005 Dallas 13 13 37.8 .425 .393 .889 4.3 2.2 1.3 .0 13.1
2006 San Antonio 13 4 31.6 .476 .383 .900 3.8 1.4 .6 .2 10.5
2007+ San Antonio 20 20 26.9 .410 .419 .897 2.9 1.1 .6 .2 11.3
2008 San Antonio 17 11 23.0 .402 .365 1.000 1.9 1.0 .3 .2 6.7
2009 San Antonio 5 5 28.6 .441 .467 .750 3.0 1.0 .2 .2 8.0
2010 Boston 18 0 6.0 .250 .273 1.000 .6 .2 .2 .0 .8
Career 129 96 30.3 .418 .388 .866 3.5 1.8 .8 .2 11.8

Finals

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2007+ San Antonio 4 4 18.5 .261 .083 .667 2.0 .8 1.3 .0 3.8
2010 Boston 2 0 2.5 .000 .000 .000 .0 .0 .0 .0 .0
Career 6 4 13.2 .250 .077 .667 1.3 .5 .7 .0 2.5

See also

References

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on January 17, 2007. Retrieved 2006.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ IHSA - Legends of Boys Basketball
  3. ^ Illinois Fighting Illini vs. Wisconsin Badgers - Recap - March 10, 2007 - ESPN
  4. ^ "Michael Finley College Stats". College Basketball at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 2020.
  5. ^ a b NBA.com : Michael Finley Bio Page
  6. ^ "Regular Season Records: Steals". Archived from the original on April 20, 2007. Retrieved 2013.
  7. ^ 2002 USA Basketball Archived July 14, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ "NBA suspends Terry for Game 6 | CBC Sports". CBC. Retrieved 2020.
  9. ^ Stein, Marc (March 4, 2010). "Michael Finley says he has agreement to join Boston Celtics". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2010.
  10. ^ "Celtics sign Michael Finley". NBA.com. March 6, 2010. Retrieved 2010.
  11. ^ "Michael Finley". JockBio.com. Retrieved 2013.
  12. ^ http://www.star-telegram.com/sports/nba/dallas-mavericks/article106006812.html
  13. ^ Asher Low (April 10, 2020). "Where are they now: Michael Finley". USA Today. Retrieved 2020.
  14. ^ https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1186828/

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