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Larry Hughes (born January 23, 1979 in St. Louis, Missourimarker) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the National Basketball Association's New York Knicks. He is a , shooting guard.

Early years

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

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 previously played for the Philadelphia 76ers, Golden State Warriors, Washington Wizards, Cleveland Cavaliers, Chicago Bulls, and was drafted by Philadelphia in the 1st round of the 1998 NBA Draft out of Saint Louis Universitymarker, where he was named Freshman of the Year. He is known for being a versatile 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.

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. He was brought into Cleveland to provide assistance to young superstar LeBron James, the Cavs' first overall draft pick in 2003. 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.

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.

NBA career statistics

Regular season

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
Career
673 493 31.4 .409 .310 .754 4.3 3.2 1.5 .3 14.6

Playoffs

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 40.1 .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
Career
45 38 35.0 .358 .277 .790 4.6 3.0 1.8 .6 13.2

Career highs



Notes

  1. Larry Hughes - SI Vault. May 14, 2007. Retrieved on April 24, 2009.
  2. NBA.com : Larry Hughes Bio Page. National Basketball Association.


External links



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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