Mike Bibby came into the NBA as a highly-rated prospect out of college. He enjoyed a successful college career at Arizona and looked to have that same success in the NBA.
When he came into the league, he was a part of a talented Sacramento Kings team that was one of the top teams in the Western Conference. After his playing career, Bibby decided to stay in basketball as a coach.
Mike Bibby was a talented point guard in the NBA
After two years at Arizona, Bibby decided to pursue an NBA career. The Vancouver Grizzlies selected Bibby with the second overall pick in the 1998 NBA draft. Bibby had an impressive rookie season with the Grizzlies. He averaged 13.2 points, 6.5 assists, and 2.7 rebounds per game. Bibby was named to the All-Rookie First Team.
His numbers continued to improve over the next two seasons while he was playing for the Grizzlies. In his final season with the Grizzlies, he averaged 15.9 points and 8.4 assists. He averaged the most assists for his career that season. After three seasons in Vancouver, the Grizzlies traded Bibby to the Sacramento Kings. When Bibby joined the Kings, the team had a lot of success. Bibby and his teammate Chris Webber formed one of the best duos when Bibby first joined the team.
In his seven seasons with the Kings, Bibby helped lead the team to five playoff appearances. During those years, they were one of the best teams in the NBA. The Kings made some deep postseason runs but never made it to the finals when Bibby was a part of the team. In his seven seasons with the Kings, he averaged 17.6 points, 5.4 assists, and 3.2 rebounds.
After his career with the Kings finished, he joined the Atlanta Hawks. Bibby joined a struggling Hawks team and would help them reach the playoffs for the first time in eight years. Bibby averaged 14.1 points and 6.6 assists per game in his first stint with the team. The Hawks went into the 2008 NBA playoffs as an eighth seed and matched up against the Boston Celtics, who were the top seed. The Hawks took the Celtics to seven games but would end up losing in the first round. Bibby would play three more seasons in Atlanta and then finished his career playing for the Washington Wizards, Miami Heat and New York Knicks.
Mike Bibby made a nice amount of money during his career
Throughout his NBA career, Bibby made a lot of money as a player. He made over $100 million during his time playing. Though Bibby never made an all-star team or won any individual awards, he still got paid. Bibby’s performance on the court allowed him to receive a good amount of money.
When he joined the Kings, he made over $50 million. Bibby was a point guard that teams wanted, especially early on in his career. They were willing to pay him for him to perform at a high level, and he did that for a good portion of his career.
Mike Bibby made all that money and decided to coach high school basketball
After his playing career, Bibby got into coaching. He coached his son Michael Jr. on the AAU club Team Bibby. Bibby then returned to his alma mater, Shadow Mountain High School, as an assistant coach.
As an assistant coach, Bibby helped lead the team to a high school state championship. He then took over as the head coach at Shadow Mountain for five years. After his time coaching at his alma mater, Bibby went on to coach at basketball powerhouse Hillcrest Prep for the 2019 seasons. Just 10 games into the 2019 seasons, Bibby was done coaching at Hillcrest Prep.
Bibby did not want to walk away from the game entirely after he retired. He used his experience and basketball knowledge to help give back to the younger generation.