From 2003 – 2009, Phil Hubbard was an assistant for the Washington Wizards, and a key member of a staff that had ranked as the longest-tenured unit in the Eastern Conference. In 2005, Hubbard coached a pair of All-Star performers in Gilbert Arenas and Antwan Jamison and Gilbert Arenas repeated as an All-Star and All-NBA performer in 2006. In addition, during the 2005 and 2006 seasons, Hubbard’s guidance helped the Wizards reach the playoffs in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 1988. Having previously worked as an assistant in Golden State and with the Atlanta Hawks, where he helped coach Lenny Wilkens become the winningest coach in NBA history, Hubbard’s long career in the NBA has him amongst the most well-known assistants in league circles.
Hubbard played in the NBA for 10 seasons with the Detroit Pistons and Cleveland Cavaliers and averaged 10.9 points per game during his career. He averaged a career-high 15.8 points per game with Cleveland during the 1984-85 season.
A graduate of the University of Michigan with a degree in education, Hubbard enjoyed a standout collegiate career. He led the Wolverines run to the 1976 NCAA Championship Game, and remains as only one of four Michigan players to have his number (35) retired. He was also a member of the United States 1976 Olympic Basketball team that won the gold medal in Montreal.
He and his wife, Jackie, are the parents of two children, Whitney and Maurice.
Some of the players that Phil Hubbard has developed during his NBA coaching career:
Jason Terry, NBA Sixth Man of the Year (2008-09)
Antwan Jamison, Two-time NBA All-Star (2005, 2008)
Gilbert Arenas, Three-time NBA All-Star (2005-07)
Caron Butler, Two-time NBA All-Star (2007, 2008)
Dikembe Mutombo, Eight-time NBA All-Star (1992, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002)