Where Are They Now? Greg Hubbard

When you ask Wollongong Hawks fans to name the top 5 Australian players to wear a Hawks jersey, almost every person will name Wagga Wagga junior Greg Hubbard in that 5.

Hubbard burst onto the national stage in 1987 with the Illawarra Hawks, taking out the NBL rookie of the year (the first Hawk to do so), averaging 11.4 ppg, 2 apg and 1 spg along the way.

Greg’s best season as a Hawk? Well you could toss up between his 1989 season when he averaged 20 ppg, 6.7 apg, 4.2 rpg and 2.1 spg. This included a game against the Newcastle Falcons when he dropped 40 points, 7 assists and shot a blazing 17/23 from the field. Or his 1992 season when he joined future NBA player Doug Overton to lead the Hawks back to the playoffs, averaging 19 ppg, 6 rpg, 3.7 apg and 2.4 spg.

After the 1992 season Hubbard headed up the highway to play with the Sydney Kings. Whilst playing for the Kings Hubbard had perhaps his best year as a pro. He was named to the 1994 NBL All-Star team and was selected to represent Australia at the 1994 World Championships. In game 1 of the 1994 semi-finals against the North Melbourne Giants Hubbard put on a shooting display for the ages, going 8/9 from downtown and scoring 32 points in 28 minutes.

Greg played 3 seasons with the Kings until he returned to the Illawarra to play for the Hawks for one last season in 1996.

In 10 seasons Hubbard owns career averages of 14.9 ppg, 3.7 apg, 3.2 rpg and shot the ball at 37% from three, making 497 three-pointers for his career.

We caught up with Greg briefly to find out what he’s been up to since retiring from basketball.

You first joined the Hawks in 1987, winning the NBL rookie of the year. What was it like playing in the NBL back then? Was it a full time job?

GH: In 1987 the NBL was exciting and very competitive. At the hawks most players had jobs.

In 1992 you teamed up with Doug Overton to form one of the best backcourts in Hawks history. Was he the best player you ever played with?

GH: Doug Overton was a great player and a great guy but I think Melvin Thomas was the best player I played with also a great guy.

The next season you signed with the Kings, do you remember why you left the Hawks?

GH: I joined the kings because I thought we had a team that could go all the way… we ended up finishing 11th… Oops

You retired in 1996, do you still keep in touch with what’s happening in the NBL? Do you still go to games?

GH: I still follow the Hawks .I wish them well and would like to see Gordon win a championship because he deserves it.

Do you still play or coach? What have you been up to since retiring?

GH: I don’t play or coach now I’m way too busy raising a family and working. I now work as a stevedore on the wharf at Port Kembla and am fortunate to work with some great people .