Mike Bibby

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Mike Bibby
MikeBibbyMiamiHeat.jpg
Bibby with the Heat in 2011
Free agent
Point guard
Personal information
Born (1978-05-13) May 13, 1978 (age 36)
Cherry Hill, New Jersey
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Listed weight 195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school Shadow Mountain (Phoenix, Arizona)
College Arizona (1996–1998)
NBA draft 1998 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2nd overall
Selected by the Vancouver Grizzlies
Pro career 1998–2012
Career history
19982001 Vancouver Grizzlies
20012008 Sacramento Kings
20082011 Atlanta Hawks
2011 Washington Wizards
2011 Miami Heat
2011–2012 New York Knicks
Career highlights and awards

Michael "Mike" Bibby (born May 13, 1978) is a retired American professional basketball player who last played with the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is 6'2" and attended Shadow Mountain High School in Phoenix, Arizona. He played collegiately at the University of Arizona. In 1998, he was drafted by the Vancouver Grizzlies. He has played for that team as well as the Sacramento Kings, Atlanta Hawks, Washington Wizards and Miami Heat. He is the son of former NBA point guard Henry Bibby. Bibby has not played in an NBA game since 2012.

College career[edit]

As a freshman at Arizona, Bibby helped lead the Wildcats to the NCAA championship in 1997,[1] scoring 19 points in the 84-79 NCAA Championship Game win versus the University of Kentucky and finished third in the voting for the 1998 Wooden Award. Bibby was selected to the ’97 All-Final Four Team, after also being named Pac-10 Freshman of the Year after posting averages of 13.5 ppg, 5.2 apg and 3.2 rpg.

His sophomore year was just as impressive, as he was named Pac-10 Player of the Year (1997–98), after averaging 17.2 ppg, 5.7 apg and 3.0 rpg (.464 FG%, .387 3FG%, .755 FT%). He started all 69 games during his Wildcat career and earned First-Team All-America honors after his sophomore campaign.

Following his sophomore season, Bibby entered the 1998 NBA Draft and was selected by the Vancouver Grizzlies with the second overall pick.[2]

NBA career[edit]

Vancouver Grizzlies (1998–2001)[edit]

In his first season with the Grizzlies, Bibby averaged 13.2 points, 6.5 assists and 2.7 rebounds per game earning NBA All-Rookie honors during the season which was abbreviated by a labor dispute.[3] He improved those numbers in his next two seasons with the team, averaging 14.5 and 15.9 points per game,[4] but the Grizzlies continued to struggle. On June 27, 2001, just after the Grizzlies had re-located to Memphis, Bibby and Brent Price were traded to the Sacramento Kings for Jason Williams and Nick Anderson.[5]

Sacramento Kings (2001–2008)[edit]

In his first season with Sacramento, Bibby formed one of the league's best duos alongside Chris Webber. The two of them guided the Kings to a NBA best-record at 61–21, and a Pacific division title over the Los Angeles Lakers, who at the time were the two-time defending NBA Champions. In the first two rounds of the playoffs, they easily defeated the Dallas Mavericks and Utah Jazz, setting up a Western Conference Finals match-up against Lakers.[6] The 2002 Western Conference Final between the Sacramento Kings and Los Angeles Lakers was one of the most memorable in league history. The popular (though small-market) Kings led the two-time defending NBA champion Lakers three games to two heading into Game 6 at Staples Center, a game which would prove to be the most infamous of the series. The game, which the Lakers won by four, featured several disputable calls, including a late-game no-call foul on Bibby—after he was bleeding from being elbowed in the nose by Kobe Bryant. This game was the epitome of the major issue in the series. Both teams complained about the officiating at different points in the series (the Kings in Game 6 and the Lakers in Games 2 and 5).

Former NBA referee Tim Donaghy filed in court papers in 2008 said that Game 6 was fixed by the NBA. NBA Commissioner David Stern denied Donaghy's allegations. Lawrence Pedowitz, who led a review of the league's officiating following the outbreak of the scandal, concluded that while Game 6 was poorly officiated, no concrete evidence existed of it having been fixed.[7][8] The Lakers won the series in game 7, and would go on to win their third NBA championship in a row.

Bibby's performance during the series, perhaps most memorably his Game 5 game winner,[9] earned him a reputation as a clutch performer, and as a reward, he was granted a 7-year, $80.5 million contract.[10]

During the 2002–03 season, Bibby was hampered by injuries, playing in only 55 games, but still averaged a respectable 15.9 points per game with the Kings going 59–23 and securing second seed in the West, as well as a second-consecutive division title.[11] They faced the Utah Jazz and Dallas Mavericks in the first two rounds respectively for the second consecutive playoffs, but after defeating the Jazz soundly 4–1, lost to the Mavericks in seven games. The Kings had lost Chris Webber to season-ending injury in game 2 against Dallas, but still forced the series to seven games.

For the 2003–04 season, Bibby posted some of the best numbers of his career, scoring 1,506 points (18.4 per game) and helping the Kings reach the playoffs.[12] Bibby helped to lift the Kings over the Dallas Mavericks in the first round, scoring a career playoff-best 36 points in the clinching Game 5.[13] They would go on to lose in the second round for the second consecutive year, this time to the Minnesota Timberwolves 4–3.

The next two seasons would see Sacramento taking yet another step backwards, losing in the opening round of the playoffs in both years. During the 2005–06 season, Bibby started all 82 games, and averaged a career-high 21.1 points per game. They would lose in the first round of the playoffs to the defending-champion Spurs 4–2, in what remains Sacramento's most recent playoff appearance.

Atlanta Hawks (2008–2011)[edit]

Bibby with the Hawks in the 2008 NBA Playoffs

On February 16, 2008 the Atlanta Hawks acquired Bibby in exchange for Shelden Williams, Anthony Johnson, Tyronn Lue, Lorenzen Wright and a 2008 second-round draft pick.[14][15]

Even though he battled through thumb, heel and quad injuries, and was joining a Hawks team that was 22–28, Bibby put up 14.1 points and 6.6 assists per game while working in an unfamiliar offense to lead the Hawks to their first playoff berth in almost ten years. Despite being the eighth seed and expected to be swept out of the first round, Bibby helped the Hawks force an improbable seven-game series against Boston, who went on to win the NBA Championship.

The next season, Bibby averaged 15 points, 5 assists and over one steal per game to help the Hawks win their first playoff series since 1999, against the Miami Heat. The Hawks would go on to lose in the next round against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Bibby was also selected as a participant for the Three Point Shooting Competition. On July 7, 2009, Bibby and the Hawks agreed to a three-year deal worth about $18 million.

Washington Wizards (2011)[edit]

On February 23, 2011, Atlanta traded Bibby to the Washington Wizards, along with Jordan Crawford, Maurice Evans and a first round pick in the 2011 draft, in exchange for Kirk Hinrich and Hilton Armstrong.[16] On February 28, 2011, after playing two games for Washington, Bibby agreed to a contract buyout.[17][18] He gave up his following year's entire $6.2 million salary in hopes of joining a contending team, such as the Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics, San Antonio Spurs or Miami Heat, all of whom expressed interest in Bibby.[19]

Miami Heat (2011)[edit]

On March 2, 2011, the Miami Heat signed Bibby after he cleared waivers.[20] He appeared in the first NBA Finals appearance of his career, playing against the Dallas Mavericks, who defeated the Heat 4 games to 2 to capture their first NBA title.

New York Knicks (2011–2012)[edit]

Bibby with the Knicks

On December 11, 2011, Bibby signed a one-year contract with the New York Knicks, the team that drafted his father, Henry.[21] At season's end his contract expired, and he was deemed unlikely to return to the team.[22] As of 2014, he is not retired from the NBA, however.

Personal life[edit]

Bibby is the son of Henry Bibby, a former NBA and UCLA player and former USC basketball coach. Mike's mother, Virginia, is a native of Trinidad and Tobago.[23] Mike Bibby is the nephew of former Major League Baseball player Jim Bibby and the brother-in-law of former Miami Heat teammate Eddie House, who was also his Sacramento Kings teammate during the 2004–05 season.[24] Mike also has two cousins in sports: Real Salt Lake forward Robbie Findley and wide receiver Shaun McDonald, formerly of the NFL's Pittsburgh Steelers.[3] Bibby and his wife, Darcy, have four children.[25]

He returned to his alma mater, Shadow Mountain High School, in 2013 as an assistant basketball coach, working alongside his former high school coach Jerry Connor. His son Michael Jr. is the starting point guard for the Matadors varsity basketball team.[26]

NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1998–99 Vancouver 50 50 35.2 .430 .203 .751 2.7 6.5 1.6 .1 13.2
1999–00 Vancouver 82 82 38.5 .445 .363 .780 3.7 8.1 1.6 .2 14.5
2000–01 Vancouver 82 82 38.9 .454 .379 .761 3.7 8.4 1.3 .1 15.9
2001–02 Sacramento 80 80 33.2 .453 .370 .803 2.8 5.0 1.1 .2 13.7
2002–03 Sacramento 55 55 33.4 .470 .409 .861 2.7 5.2 1.3 .1 15.9
2003–04 Sacramento 82 82 36.3 .450 .392 .815 3.4 5.4 1.4 .2 18.4
2004–05 Sacramento 80 80 38.6 .443 .360 .775 4.2 6.8 1.6 .4 19.6
2005–06 Sacramento 82 82 38.6 .432 .386 .849 2.9 5.4 1.0 .1 21.1
2006–07 Sacramento 82 82 34.0 .404 .360 .830 3.2 4.7 1.1 .1 17.1
2007–08 Sacramento 15 12 31.5 .406 .393 .742 3.7 5.0 1.3 .1 13.5
2007–08 Atlanta 33 32 33.3 .414 .369 .797 3.2 6.5 1.1 .1 14.1
2008–09 Atlanta 79 79 34.7 .435 .390 .789 3.5 5.0 1.2 .1 14.9
2009–10 Atlanta 80 80 27.4 .416 .389 .861 2.3 3.9 .8 .0 9.1
2010–11 Atlanta 56 56 29.9 .435 .441 .630 2.6 3.6 .7 .1 9.4
2010–11 Washington 2 0 14.5 .111 .000 .000 1.5 4.0 .5 .0 1.0
2010–11 Miami 22 12 26.5 .437 .455 .625 2.2 2.5 .5 .1 7.3
2011–12 New York 39 4 14.3 .282 .318 .750 1.5 2.1 .5 .1 2.6
Career 1,001 950 33.9 .436 .379 .802 3.1 5.5 1.2 .1 14.7

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2002 Sacramento 16 16 41.3 .444 .424 .826 3.8 5.0 1.4 .2 20.3
2003 Sacramento 12 12 33.7 .422 .282 .794 2.6 5.0 1.2 .4 12.7
2004 Sacramento 12 12 41.4 .429 .436 .873 4.2 7.0 1.9 .4 20.0
2005 Sacramento 5 5 40.0 .391 .217 .778 4.4 6.6 1.4 .4 19.6
2006 Sacramento 6 6 42.5 .348 .346 .900 3.8 5.2 1.5 .0 16.7
2008 Atlanta 7 7 36.0 .338 .292 .656 3.1 3.1 .6 .3 10.3
2009 Atlanta 11 11 35.5 .462 .542 .955 3.4 4.2 .9 .2 13.2
2010 Atlanta 11 11 26.5 .450 .412 .700 2.5 2.5 .8 .0 8.5
2011 Miami 20 20 20.8 .281 .258 .500 1.8 1.1 .6 .3 3.6
2012 New York 5 1 23.6 .391 .412 .667 4.2 2.6 .2 .0 5.4
Career 105 101 33.2 .408 .371 .815 3.1 4.0 1.1 .2 12.6

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Nolan Smith and Kyle Singler and a Crystal Ball Oliver Purnell Pursuing Greener Pastures Roy Halladay Deal Good for Baseball?". ESPN.com. April 6, 2010. Archived from the original on January 23, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Hoopshype.com Players". Retrieved 2007-06-27. 
  4. ^ "Mike Bibby basketball-reference.com Profile". Retrieved 2007-06-27. 
  5. ^ "Mike Bibby usabasketball.com Profile". Archived from the original on 2006-12-31. Retrieved 2007-06-27. 
  6. ^ "Horry's buzzer-beater stuns Kings". CNN. 2002-05-26. Retrieved 2007-06-27. 
  7. ^ Report to the Board of Governors of the National Basketball Association
  8. ^ http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=3436401
  9. ^ "Season on the Brink". CNN. 2002-05-28. Retrieved 2007-06-27. 
  10. ^ "Kings sign Bibby to $80 million contract". 2002-08-16. Retrieved 2007-06-27. 
  11. ^ "NBA 2002–2003". Retrieved 2007-07-27. 
  12. ^ "#10: Mike Bibby PG". Retrieved 2007-07-27. 
  13. ^ "Bibby hits for 36, Nowitzki misses at the buzzer". 2004-04-29. Retrieved 2007-07-27. 
  14. ^ ESPN – King-size surprise: Hawks, not LeBron's Cavs, get Bibby – NBA
  15. ^ "Atlanta Hawks Acquire Mike Bibby From Kings". NBA.com. February 16, 2008. Retrieved March 2, 2011. 
  16. ^ "Hawks acquire Hinrich from Wizards for playoff run". NBA.com. Associated Press. February 23, 2011. Retrieved March 2, 2011. 
  17. ^ Wallace, Michael (March 1, 2011). "Heat expect to sign Mike Bibby". ESPN.com. Retrieved March 2, 2011. 
  18. ^ Broussard, Chris (March 1, 2011). "Source: Mike Bibby headed to Heat". ESPN.com. Retrieved March 2, 2011. 
  19. ^ Lee, Michael (March 1, 2011). "Mike Bibby reaches buyout agreement with Washington Wizards". The Washington Post. 
  20. ^ "Heat Signs Mike Bibby". NBA.com. March 2, 2011. 
  21. ^ "Knicks Sign Free Agent Mike Bibby". nba.com. December 11, 2011. 
  22. ^ Source: Bibby unlikely to return to Knicks - Knicks Blog - ESPN New York
  23. ^ Wulf, Steve. "Sonofagun, he's better". Time. April 14, 1997. Retrieved on October 22, 2009.
  24. ^ NBA.com: Eddie House Bio Page
  25. ^ Mike Bibby Bio Page, NBA.com.
  26. ^ It’s Mike Bibby’s team again at Shadow Mountain, and coaches, players buy in

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