Thursday, September 30th, 2010 at 10:40 am  |  29 responses

For Old Time’s Sake: Michael Finley

Back in the day Michael Finley was one of the best dunkers and most feared matchups in the league. Standing 6’7″ tall, he could penetrate the lane ferociously but also had one of the smoothest step back Js. Finley averaged 15 pts, 4.6 rbs and 3.5 asts in his rookie season with Phoenix in ’95 and was then traded to Dallas in ’96 in a multi-player deal that landed Jason Kidd in Phoenix. He quickly became Dallas’ best player and in the late 90s welcomed Steve Nash and Dirk Nowitzki to the Mavs, forming one of the most efficient trios in the NBA. After almost a decade in Dallas, Finley transitioned into a backup role behind Manu in San Antonio where he won a Title in ’07. His best season statistically came in ’99-00 with the Mavs when he averaged 22.6 pts, 6.3 rbs, and 5. asts. Finley is also a 2x All Star. Shout out to Yinka Dare for the mix.


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  • http://Myspace Shanoooooo


  • http://Myspace Shanoooooo

    And didn’t Yinka Dare pass away ???

  • http://thekobebeef.wordpress.com LDR4

    I have to admit that I was happy when he left the Mavericks. He should have retired then. Unfortunately he went to the Spurs. It will take years for me to appreciate his game ever again. Haha, I remember when he was considered the Mavericks best defender in the Nellie years. It is nice seeing footage in Reunion Arena again though.

  • http://www.boogiewilliams.com Boing Dynasty

    Horrace Grant and Michael Finley highlight reels? Can you say “reaching”…stay tuned for Vashon Lenard.

  • bambe

    My favourite player ever. Thanks a lot.

  • TXLA


    Michael Finley was the man back then, but like my man stated above I had to cut him off when we went to the Spurs!

  • hammer

    Was watching the 96 and 97 dunk contest on nbatv the other day. He had sum pretty good dunks. I had 4gotten all bout those dunks. But I never 4got that cartwheel dunk. I was cracking up like it was 97 all over again. S**t was funny!

  • JuicyM

    Wow I never realized that he was that type of player, I always think of Finley as a quiet laid back guy who can shoot…my memory only goes as far back as 2001 unfortunately, wish I could have experienced 90′s basketball…

  • Elvis Freshly

    Back then him and Ray were totally different players… ferocious dunks.. crazy crossovers and opps… ahhh the 90s

  • Overtime

    Underrated, he was a big time player

  • http://Mrjones21901@aol.com Run’n'Gun219

    Fin doggy dogg- he use to get me hype when i use to watch them suns and mavs games. He carried dirk and Steve”i dindnt deserve 2 MVP” Nash for about 2 years. then he lost his athletism and became a stright shooter. We need a young Ray Allen FOTS.

  • http://www.djpatlok.com PL

    One of my favorite players as a teenager. Ferocious slasher and wicked defender.

  • Martey

    Explosive and Clutch

  • http://klatschendom.wordpress.com/ speedy

    With him, Steve and Dirk Dallas would have been NBA Champions at least once.

  • Joe_Sixpack

    Mike Fin ome of my favorite players back in the the early 2000s, its easy to forget the player that he once was; but after he left Dallas and went to the Spurs where he played a more reserved role in winning a chip I lost all respect for him, but I still have great memories of him though.

  • Elvis Freshly

    Co-sign Run’n'Gun…. DO DAT!

  • Saku 39

    Any video of Finley breaking the rim after a dunk during the Goodwill Games?

  • http://djysonline.com DJ YS

    Big props for this, Finley is my fave player of all-time. His dunks on Utah>>>>

  • PlanetAsia14

    Dang, didn’t know he had ups like that, haha.

  • http://www.michaelcho.com M Cho

    I remember watching Finley in his prime and he could hold his own with any 2 guard out there. Great to see this mix of him dunking on dudes.

  • http://www.michaelcho.com M Cho

    Plus, I remember when Slam did a writeup on him and titled the feature “MF DOOM”. Classic!

  • Thegfunk

    Props to schneezy. This section is definately giving me insight into classic pastimes. Didn’t know finley was so vicious at the rim

  • sheesh12

    One of chi-town’s finest… all-time leading scorer at wisconsin… ’nuff said

  • JTaylor21

    Wasn’t there supposed to be a video of him getting all in MJ’s a**; the so-called goat, please.

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    i clearly remember multiple MONSTER dunks vs dallas in 06 playoffs, what a heartbreaker for him to watch his former team make it to the finals, but they lost, and a year later he got a ring, hooray. finley and van exel were the real clutch guys for dallas

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ The Promise

    Wow, I forgot he was that good..

  • C-Mac

    Nice mix, when these vets get older people forget that they used to be the young guns in the league.
    How about Desmond Mason in the next FOTS?

  • Josh

    I love how he jumps like he is hopping on to a spring box. Nasty.

  • http://slamonline lakerslegend