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Michael Finley was a standout basketball player at Proviso East High School in Maywood, Illinois, outside of Chicago. His teammates at Proviso East included future NBA draft picks Sherrell Ford (University of Illinois-Chicago) and Donnie Boyce (University of Colorado). As a high school senior, he won a television contest. The prize? A one-on-one game versus 'Jordan, Michael', who was so impressed by Finley that he told him that perhaps they would meet again in a few years on the professional stage. Perhaps Jordan was only being polite, but he did nevertheless prove to be prophetic. Finley chose to hone his craft with the University of Wisconsin, where he majored in business. (This should not have been considered a surprising scholastic choice; in the summer of 1992, Finley worked as a clerk at the Chicago Board of Trade.) He averaged over 20 points per game during his final three years as a Badger, ending his career with over 2,100 points. He was a four-year starter and was twice named a first-team All-Big Ten player. Finley was drafted in the first round of the 1995 NBA Draft by the Phoenix Suns, at the #21 slot. He was then named to the first team All-Rookie squad following his first year in the desert, a just reward after averaging 15.0 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game. Also during that initial season, Finley was the runner-up in the NBA Slam Dunk Competition held during All-Star weekend in San Antonio. Despite his success in Phoenix, Finley was traded to the Dallas Mavericks towards the middle of his second year in the league. Finley did not let the trade distract him, and he has gone on to become one of the premier talents in the National Basketball Association. He has led the league in minutes played three times and has twice been named to the All-Star team. He also finished in the league's top-20 in scoring and assists for the 1999-2000 season and has averaged 20 points per game in 38 career playoff contests. He was named co-captain of the Mavericks during the 2000-2001 season and purchases a block of season tickets every year, which he donates to nonprofit organizations in the Dallas area. As for Jordan's prophecy, not only did Jordan and Finley meet several times as NBA competitors, but in 1997, Jordan selected Finley to wear a line of Jordan's athletic apparel.
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