Michael Finley enjoyed a successful NBA career. Finley played an essential role on the teams he played for throughout his career. After his NBA career, Finley continues to be involved in the NBA and he also spends time producing films.
Even though he’s not playing anymore, he continues to keep himself busy and wants to keep making an impact.
Michael Finley’s career in the NBA
Finley’s NBA career began with the Phoenix Suns. He had a successful rookie season. Finley averaged 15 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 3.5 assists. As a rookie, he played in 82 games and started in 72 of them. He was named to the All-Rookie First Team, and he finished third in the Rookie of the Year voting. Even though he wasn’t in Phoenix for long, he became the third Rookie in Suns history to score over 1,000 points in a season.
Finley started the 1996-97 season with the Suns but was then traded to the Dallas Mavericks early on in the season. He had a good career in Dallas and was a member of the team for nine years. Finley led the league in minutes played three times during his time in Dallas. The 1999-00 season was one of Finley’s best seasons. He made the all-star team for the first time in his career, and he finished the season averaging a career-high 22.6 points per game.
Finley’s career was starting to take off. He served as a good compliment to his teammate Dirk Nowitzki. Finley continued to serve as a top player for the Mavericks throughout the remainder of his time in Dallas.
Michael Finley winning his first NBA championship
After a successful career in Dallas, he stayed in Texas and signed with the San Antonio Spurs. He spent five seasons in San Antonio, and he took more of a reserved role when he joined the team. In his second season with the Spurs, he won his first and only NBA championship during the 2006-07 season.
After starting the 2009-10 seasons with the Spurs, Finley spent the final portion of his last NBA season playing for the Boston Celtics. In 21 games, he averaged 5.2 points. The Celtics made it to the NBA Finals and ended up losing to the Los Angeles Lakers. Finley ended his career averaging 15.7 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 2.9 assists per game.
Michael Finley becoming a film producer and vice president of an NBA team
After his playing career, Finley continued to stay involved in the game of basketball. He currently serves as the Vice President of Basketball Operations for the Mavericks. Not only does Finley serve in a vice president role, but he also has a career in the movie industry.
He has produced and co-produced numerous films since 2011. Finley tapped into an area that he had an interest in and wanted to go all-in with it. The former NBA all-star has executive produced movies like The Birth of a Nation and Lee Daniels’ The Butler. You can see that Finley keeps himself busy, but he finds time to get the job down, no matter if he’s dealing with the Mavericks or dealing with movies.