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Mike Bibby's Dad - Henry Bibby

Mike Bibby New York Knicks
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Mike Bibby was a 6'1" point guard that played in the NBA for 14 years for six teams: the Vancouver Grizzlies, Sacramento Kings, Atlanta Hawks, Washington Wizards, Miami Heat, and New York Knicks. Bibby started his career with the Grizzlies when they chose him with the second pick in the 1998 NBA draft. Although he did not live up to those expectations, Bibby would probably go fourth or fifth if we were to redraft the 1998 NBA draft.

Crazily enough, for how good he is, Bibby's only award is being a part of the All-Rookie First Team. He's one of the best players not to be an All-Star, averaging 18/3/5 (points, rebounds, assists) throughout his seven seasons with the Kings and almost won a championship with the Miami Heat in the 2010-11 NBA season.

However, Mike Bibby was not the first to step onto the NBA hardcourt. His father, Henry Bibby, was also an NBA player. Like Mike, Henry Bibby was also a 6'1" point guard. He was drafted by the New York Knicks as the 58th pick in the 1972 NBA draft and played in the NBA for nine seasons for four teams: the Knicks, New Orleans Jazz, Philadelphia 76ers, and San Diego Clippers.

Henry Bibby was nowhere near as good as his son, averaging a career 9/2/3 while shooting 42.3% from the field and 78.2% from the free-throw line, but he was still a decent backup point guard that had some great highlights throughout his nine seasons in the NBA.


UCLA (1969-72)

Henry Bibby UCLA
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Usually, I would not mention their college career for a player who had a long NBA career, but Henry Bibby's three seasons with the UCLA Bruins were impressive. He won the NCAA and Regular Season Championship every season, and in his last season, he was selected as a Consensus All-American and to the Second-Team All-Pac-8.

Henry Bibby's success was not only because of how good he was (which we'll talk about later) but also due to the surrounding cast. He was coached by undoubtedly, the best coach in NCAA history, John Wooden. To emphasize how good Wooden was, he has won:

  • 10x NCAA Championships

  • 5x AP College Coach of the Year

  • 7x Henry Iba Award

  • 5x NABC Coach of the Year

  • Presidential Medal of Freedom

The Player of the Year award, the NCAA equivalent of the MVP award, is even named after Wooden. The award is known as the John R. Wooden award!

In addition to being one of the best coaches in basketball history, Bibby has always had a future NBA/ABA All-Star or Hall of Famer on his team:

  • 1969-71: Sidney Wicks (4x All-Star) and Curtis Rowe (1x All-Star)

  • 1971-72: Bill Walton (Hall of Famer), Jamaal Wilkes (Hall of Famer), and Swen Nater (2x All-Star)

As for Henry Bibby, he immediately had an impact on the team. In his first season with the UCLA Bruins, he averaged 16 points and four rebounds while shooting 50.1% from the field and 83.3% from the free-throw line. He was already the team's third-best player. In addition, for most of the NCAA tournament, Bibby played amazingly. In the first three games, he averaged 18/5/3 while shooting 57.6% from the field and 85.9% from the free-throw line.