Lindsey Benson Hunter Jr. (born December 3, 1970) is an American former professional basketball player and coach. He played in the National Basketball Association (NBA) from 1993 to 2010, spending most of his career with Detroit Pistons. He was also the interim head coach of the Phoenix Suns in 2013.
|Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils|
|League||Southwestern Athletic Conference|
|Born||December 3, 1970|
|Listed height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Listed weight||195 lb (88 kg)|
|High school||Murrah (Jackson, Mississippi)|
|NBA draft||1993 / Round: 1 / Pick: 10th overall|
|Selected by the Detroit Pistons|
|Number||1, 11, 10|
|2001–2002||Los Angeles Lakers|
|2012–2013||Phoenix Suns (assistant)|
|2013||Phoenix Suns (interim HC)|
|2013–2014||Golden State Warriors (assistant)|
|2019–||Mississippi Valley State|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Points||7,956 (8.5 ppg)|
|Rebounds||2,021 (2.2 rpg)|
|Assists||2,506 (2.7 apg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
After playing basketball at Murrah High School in Jackson, Mississippi, alongside phenom James Robinson, Hunter enrolled at Alcorn State University, then transferred to Jackson State University after his freshman year. While playing for the Jackson State Tigers, he became arguably the school's highest profile athlete since the days of Walter Payton and Jackie Slater.
The Detroit Pistons had two first-round picks in the 1993 NBA draft. They selected Hunter with the 10th pick and chose Tennessee guard Allan Houston with the 11th. Hunter spent most of his professional career playing with the Pistons organization. His first stint in Detroit lasted from 1993 to 2000 when he was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks for Billy Owens. He played with the Bucks for one season, before being sent to the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for Greg Foster. Hunter was a contributor on the Lakers team that won the NBA championship in 2001–02.
Following that season, Hunter was dealt again (on draft night 2002), this time to the Toronto Raptors, along with the rights to Chris Jefferies, for Tracy Murray and Kareem Rush. In August 2003, the Pistons re-acquired Hunter by sending Michael Curry to the Raptors. He was traded to the Boston Celtics in February 2004 along with Chucky Atkins and Detroit's 2004 first-round draft pick for Mike James, in order to make the salary cap figures work out for the trade that brought Rasheed Wallace to the Pistons. Hunter never played a game for the Celtics; he was immediately released and re-signed by Detroit a week later. Hunter and the Pistons went on to win the 2003–04 NBA championship. Hunter and the Pistons went back to the Finals in 2004–2005, but Detroit lost the series in seven games to the San Antonio Spurs.
Hunter signed a one-year nonguaranteed contract with the Chicago Bulls on November 13, 2008. On July 13, 2009, Hunter re-signed with the Bulls for the veteran minimum of $1.3 million. At age 39, Hunter was the oldest player active during the 2009–2010 NBA season—until the Bulls waived him on March 3, 2010 (to make room for Chris Richard). Two days later, the Bulls hired him as a player development assistant.
On August 28, 2012, Hunter signed with the Phoenix Suns as an assistant coach for player development. After the Suns opened the season with a 13–28 record, Hunter was named Phoenix's interim head coach, replacing Alvin Gentry on January 20, 2013. In his head coaching debut, Hunter led the Suns to a 106–96 victory over the Sacramento Kings. In May 2013, Hunter was replaced by Jeff Hornacek. On September 18, 2013, Hunter joined the Golden State Warriors as an assistant coach.
NBA career statisticsEdit
|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|
|†||Denotes seasons in which Hunter won an NBA championship|
|Led the league|
Head coaching recordEdit
|Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils (Southwestern Athletic Conference) (2019–present)|
|2019–20||Mississippi Valley State||0–0||0–0|
|Mississippi Valley State:||0–0 (–)||0–0 (–)|
Postseason invitational champion
|Regular season||G||Games coached||W||Games won||L||Games lost||W–L %||Win–loss %|
|Playoffs||PG||Playoff games||PW||Playoff wins||PL||Playoff losses||PW–L %||Playoff win–loss %|
|Phoenix||2012–13||41||12||29||.293||5th in Pacific||—||—||—||—||Missed Playoffs|
- Lakers sign 20th pick Rush to contract
- Pistons Acquire Guard Lindsey Hunter From Toronto for Michael Curry
- Detroit Pistons Transactions 2003–04
- ESPN – Hunter suspended after testing positive for phentermine – NBA
- Bulls agree to nonguaranteed contract with D specialist Hunter
- Richard signed; Hunter waived
- Bulls name Lindsey Hunter Player Development Assistant
- Chicago Bulls hire Lindsey Hunter as a player development assistant – ESPN Chicago
- "Suns Name Hunter Interim Head Coach". NBA.com. Retrieved January 20, 2013.
- Warriors Add Lindsey Hunter to Coaching Staff
- Gaughan, Mark (June 13, 2016). "UB hires 17-year NBA vet Lindsey Hunter as assistant basketball coach". Campus Watch. Buffalo News. Retrieved June 13, 2016.