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Larry Hughes
Guard
Personal information
Date of birth January 23, 1979 (1979-01-23) (age 31)
Place of birth St. Louis, Missouri
Nationality American
High school Christian Brothers College
Listed height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight 185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
College Saint Louis University
NBA Draft 1998 / Round: 1 / Pick: 8
Selected by the Philadelphia 76ers
Pro career 1998–present
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • All-Defensive First Team (2005)

Larry Darnell Hughes (born January 23, 1979 in St. Louis, Missouri) is an American professional basketball player who most recently played for the Orlando Magic. He is a 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) and 185 lb (84 kg) shooting guard.

Early years

Hughes started his basketball career at Christian Brothers College High School, winning the Missouri state championship in 1997. He was a childhood friend of rapper Nelly.[1]

Hughes played 1 season of college basketball at Saint Louis University. He finished the 1997–98 season with per game averages of 20.9 points, 5.1 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and 2.16 steals. He led the Billikens to the NCAA Tournament that year, making it to the second round after a win over University of Massachusetts.

NBA career

Hughes has played for the Philadelphia 76ers, Golden State Warriors, Washington Wizards, Cleveland Cavaliers, Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks and Sacramento Kings . He was drafted by Philadelphia in the 1st round of the 1998 NBA Draft out of Saint Louis University, where he was named Freshman of the Year.[2] He is known for being a versatile and athletic guard with strong defensive abilities, and was selected to the 2004–05 NBA All-Defensive 1st Team as a member of the Wizards. He led the league in steals per game with 2.89 in 2004–05.[2]

Larry participated in the 2000 Slam Dunk Contest in Oracle Arena (home of the Golden State Warriors) in Oakland, California. He is notable for not completing a dunk in the time limit.

Hughes signed a five-year $70 million contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers as a free agent in the summer of 2005.[3] He was brought into Cleveland to provide assistance to young superstar LeBron James, the Cavs' first overall draft pick in 2003.[2] In the 2005–06 season he helped LeBron and the Cavs to an 18–10 record before requiring surgery on his broken finger. His last performance before the injury came in a 97–84 home upset of the Detroit Pistons, in which he scored 16 points on 7–10 shooting to go with two steals, five rebounds and three assists.

Prior to injuries in 2005, he averaged 16.2 points, and 37.6 minutes per game. Both of those statistics were the second best on the team, to LeBron James. He has an ongoing rivalry with former backcourt partner Gilbert Arenas, with whom he played with for three seasons, two in Washington and one in Golden State.

On May 2, 2006 Hughes was recipient of the inaugural Austin Carr Good Guy Award, designed to recognize the Cavaliers player who is cooperative and understanding of the media, the community and the public.

On February 21, 2008, Hughes was traded to the Chicago Bulls, in a three-team trade, along with Drew Gooden, Cedric Simmons and Shannon Brown in exchange for Ben Wallace and Joe Smith.[4]

On February 19, 2009 just before the trade deadline, Hughes was traded from the Bulls to the New York Knicks for Tim Thomas, Jerome James, and Anthony Roberson.[5]

On February 18, 2010, Hughes was traded to the Sacramento Kings in a three team deal that also moved Tracy McGrady to the Knicks.[6] He was waived by the Kings on February 23, 2010.[7] On March 13, 2010, he signed with the Charlotte Bobcats for the rest of the season.[8]

NBA career statistics

Legend
GP Games played GS Games started MPG Minutes per game
FG% Field-goal percentage 3P% 3-point field-goal percentage FT% Free-throw percentage
RPG Rebounds per game APG Assists per game SPG Steals per game
BPG Blocks per game PPG Points per game Bold Career high

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1998–99 Philadelphia 50 1 19.8 .411 .154 .709 3.8 1.5 .9 .3 9.1
1999–00 Philadelphia 50 5 20.4 .416 .216 .746 3.2 1.5 1.1 .2 10.0
1999–00 Golden State 32 32 40.8 .389 .243 .736 5.9 4.1 1.9 .5 22.7
2000–01 Golden State 50 45 36.9 .383 .187 .766 5.5 4.5 1.9 .6 16.5
2001–02 Golden State 73 56 28.1 .423 .194 .737 3.4 4.3 1.5 .3 12.3
2002–03 Washington 67 56 31.9 .467 .367 .731 4.6 3.1 1.3 .4 12.8
2003–04 Washington 61 61 33.8 .397 .341 .797 5.3 2.4 1.6 .4 18.8
2004–05 Washington 61 61 38.7 .430 .282 .777 6.3 4.7 2.9 .3 22.0
2005–06 Cleveland 36 31 35.6 .409 .368 .756 4.5 3.6 1.5 .6 15.5
2006–07 Cleveland 70 68 37.1 .400 .333 .676 3.8 3.7 1.3 .4 14.9
2007–08 Cleveland 40 32 30.3 .377 .341 .815 3.6 2.4 1.5 .3 12.3
2007–08 Chicago 28 25 28.9 .387 .353 .775 3.1 3.1 1.4 .2 12.0
2008–09 Chicago 30 6 26.4 .412 .392 .817 3.1 2.0 1.2 .3 12.0
2008–09 New York 25 14 27.5 .390 .385 .794 2.6 2.4 1.4 .2 11.2
2009-10 New York 31 14 26.5 .366 .289 .823 3.5 3.5 1.3 .4 9.6
2009–10 Charlotte 14 2 21.1 .327 .357 .853 2.3 2.0 .9 .3 8.1
Career 718 509 31.0 .407 .310 .757 4.2 3.2 1.5 .4 14.2

[edit] Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1998–99 Philadelphia 8 2 24.8 .403 .000 .833 4.6 2.0 1.9 1.1 10.3
2004–05 Washington 10 10 .401 .376 .212 .831 7.1 3.7 2.0 .7 20.7
2005–06 Cleveland 9 8 37.3 .319 .278 .742 3.0 4.0 2.2 .1 11.1
2006–07 Cleveland 18 18 35.5 .347 .352 .746 3.9 2.4 1.4 .4 11.3
2009–10 Charlotte 4 0 14.5 .471 .400 .571 3.3 1.5 .0 .0 6.0
Career 49 38 33.3 .361 .287 .782 4.5 2.8 1.6 .5 12.6

Career highs

Statistical category Number Date Opponent
Points 44 4/09/00 Denver Nuggets
Field Goals Made 17 1/10/04 Philadelphia 76ers
Field Goals Attempted 32 4/13/00 Sacramento Kings
3 Point Field Goals 6 12/31/04 Boston Celtics
3 Point FG Attempted 9 1/30/04 Phoenix Suns
Free Throws Made 14 12/16/03 Utah Jazz
Free Throws Attempted 17 3/29/04 Phoenix Suns
Offensive Rebounds 6 2 Times N/A
Defensive Rebounds 12 3/25/04 Los Angeles Clippers
Total Rebounds 13 2 Times N/A
Assists 13 2/19/02 New Jersey Nets
Steals 7 2 Times N/A
Blocks 4 1/05/01 Boston Celtics
Minutes Played 52 11/28/04 Toronto Raptors

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