Phil Hubbard

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Phil Hubbard
Personal information
Born (1956-12-13) December 13, 1956 (age 62)
Canton, Ohio
Listed height6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High schoolCanton McKinley (Canton, Ohio)
CollegeMichigan (1975–1979)
NBA draft1979 / Round: 1 / Pick: 15th overall
Selected by the Detroit Pistons
Playing career1979–1989
PositionPower forward / Center
Career history
As player:
19791982Detroit Pistons
19821989Cleveland Cavaliers
As coach:
19972000Atlanta Hawks (assistant)
20002003Golden State Warriors (assistant)
20032009Washington Wizards (assistant)
2011Dominican Republic
2011–2013Los Angeles D-Fenders (assistant)
2013–2014Santa Cruz Warriors (assistant)
2014–2015Los Angeles D-Fenders
2015–2018Jeonju KCC Egis (assistant)
Career highlights and awards
Career NBA statistics
Points7,228 (10.9 ppg)
Rebounds3,538 (5.3 rpg)
Assists857 (1.3 apg)
Stats at

Philip Gregory Hubbard (born December 13, 1956) is an American former professional basketball player and current coach. He won a Gold Medal in the 1976 Summer Olympics and after graduating from the University of Michigan, played for the Detroit Pistons and Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association (NBA) from 1979 to 1989. Hubbard later served as an assistant coach for the Washington Wizards from 2003–2009 and as the head coach of the Los Angeles D-Fenders in 2014–15.[1]

Amateur career[edit]

Hubbard played high school basketball at Canton McKinley High School in Canton, Ohio. He was named Ohio player of the year in 1975 while at McKinley.[2]

Michigan Wolverines[edit]

He played college basketball at the University of Michigan under Coach Johnny Orr.

As a freshman at Michigan, he helped lead the Wolverines to the 1976 NCAA Championship Game against Indiana University. Hubbard averaged 15.1 points and 11.0 rebounds, playing alongside Rickey Green as the Wolverines had the second-place finish at the 1976 NCAA Championship.[3]

Phil Hubbard, 1976. University of Michigan Yearbook.

Hubbard was an All-American in 1977, leading the Wolverines (26-4) to the Big Ten championship. Hubbard averaged 19.5 points and 13.0 rebounds. His 389 total rebounds in the 1976-77 season remains the single season record at Michigan.[3][2]

A serious knee injury, suffered in the World University Games, required surgery and forced Hubbard to miss his entire junior year at Michigan, The knee injury would affect the rest of his career.[4][2]

In 88 career games at Michigan (1975-1979), Hubbard averaged a double-double of 16.5 points and 11.1 rebounds on 53% shooting from the floor and 63% from the line.[5]

1976 Olympic Team[edit]

Hubbard was a member of the Team USA,the 1976 United States men's Olympic basketball team that won the Gold medal in the 1976 Olympic Games under Coach Dean Smith. Hubbard averaged 4.7 points and 3.8 rebounds on 52% shooting from the floor and 100% from the line during the Olympics. Hubbard had 10 points in the Gold Medal game against Yugoslavia.[6][7]

NBA career[edit]

Detroit (1979-1982)[edit]

Hubbard was selected by the Detroit Pistons in the 1st round (15th overall) in the 1979 NBA Draft. Despite having a year of NCAA eligibility remaining due to his injury, Hubbard had declared himself for the NBA Draft.[8]

Hubbard played in 196 games with the Pistons over 3 seasons, averaging 11.6 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 23 minutes.[9]

Cleveland Cavaliers (1982-1989)[edit]

On February 16, 1982, Hubbard was traded by the Detroit Pistons with Paul Mokeski, a 1982 1st round draft pick (John Bagley was later selected) and a 1982 2nd round draft pick (Dave Magley was later selected) to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Kenny Carr and Bill Laimbeer.[9]

In 8 seasons and 469 games with the Cavaliers, Hubbard averaged 10.6 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 24 minutes.[9]

Overall, Hubbard averaged 10.9 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 665 career NBA games.[9]

Coaching career[edit]

After first serving as an NBA scout after his playing career ended, Hubbard became an assistant coach in the NBA. From 1997-2009 Hubbard was an assistant coach with the Atlanta Hawks (1997-2000), Golden State Warriors (2000-2003) and Washington Wizards (2003-2009).[10][11]

Phil Hubbard, assistant coach Washington Wizards, 2008

From 2011-2014, Hubbard coached in the NBA G League as an assistant coach with the Los Angeles D-Fenders and Santa Cruz Warriors and before becoming Head Coach of the Los Angeles D-Fenders/South Bay Lakers in 2014-2015.[12][11]

In 2015, Hubbard was hired as an assistant coach for Jeonju KCC Egis in the Korean Basketball League in South Korea.[13]


Hubbard graduated in 1979 from Michigan with a degree in Education.[8]

Hubbard's son, Maurice, is a basketball player at the University of South Carolina at Aiken and played high school basketball at Westfield High School in Chantilly, Virginia, a suburb of Washington, D.C.[14]

Hubbard's daughter, Whitney, is a graduate of Hampton University and played high school volleyball also for Westfield High School.[15]


  • In 1992, Hubbard was inducted into the University of Michigan Hall of Honor.[8]
  • Hubbard's #35 jersey was retired by the University of Michigan in 2004.[16]
  • Hubbard was inducted into the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Los Angeles D-Fenders name Phil Hubbard Head Coach". South Bay Lakers.
  2. ^ a b c d "Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame : Hall of Fame : Inductees : 2008 : Phil Hubbard".
  3. ^ a b "Men's Basketball Statistic Archive Query Page". University of Michigan. Archived from the original on 2010-04-18.
  4. ^ "20 Second Timeout: Phil Hubbard: Playing Within Limits".
  5. ^ "Phil Hubbard College Stats". College Basketball at
  6. ^ "1976 United States Men's Olympic Basketball".
  7. ^ "Games of the XXIst Olympiad -- 1976".
  8. ^ a b c "Phil Hubbard (1992) - University of Michigan Hall of Honor". University of Michigan Athletics.
  9. ^ a b c d "Phil Hubbard Stats".
  10. ^ "Phil Hubbard".
  11. ^ a b Schlosser, Keith (8 September 2014). "Coach Phil Hubbard Ready to Thrive With D-Fenders". Ridiculous Upside.
  12. ^ "2016-17 Los Angeles D-Fenders Stats".
  13. ^ "Basketball Buddha - KCC Egis name ex-NBA player Phil Hubbard assistant coach". Basketball Buddha. 26 July 2015.
  14. ^ Koubaroulis, B.J (2007-12-06). "His Father's Son, Westfield's Hubbard Shows His Versatility". Washington Post. Retrieved 2007-12-11.
  15. ^ Thomas St. Myer. "His own man". Star Press. January 31, 2010.
  16. ^ "Alumni Spotlight: Phil Hubbard". University of Michigan Athletics.

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