Lindsey Hunter

Position Point Guard
Born Dec 3, 1970
Nationality United States United States
Team History
Chicago Bulls Chicago Bulls 2008 - 2010
Detroit Pistons Detroit Pistons 2003 - 2008
Toronto Raptors Toronto Raptors 2002 - 2003

Lindsey Benson Hunter Jr. Is a professional basketball player from the United States of America and plays as a point guard. A strong defensive player from the outset, Hunter instantly stood out of the crowd at the Murrah High School. He went on to play for the Jackson State University where he succeeded Walter Payton and Jackie Slater as the most highly rated basketball player on their team.

At the 1993 NBA Draft, Hunter was picked at 10th overall, right in front of Allan Houston, the Detroit Piston’s two draft picks in the first round that year. Hunter played all 82 games in his first season in the NBA and averaging 26.5 minutes per game, he scored at 10.3 points per game with 4.8 assists. His performance dropped over the next two years as his scoring dropped to 7.5 points per game in 1994-95 and then rose, only by a little, to 8.5 points per game in 1995-96. He dropped numbers in the assists category as well, first dropping to 3.8 and then to 2.4 over the two seasons.

In 1996-97, Hunter worked on his shooting game and raised his performance to a career-high 14.2 points per game. His passing game dropped even further as he just managed 1.9 assists per game. Over the next three years with the Pistons, Hunter had average seasons scoring at 12.1, 11.9 and 12.7 over the next three years. His assists category rose to 3.2 in 1997-98, then to 3.9 and then to 4.0 by the end of his tenure with the Pistons. At a time, in the 1998-99 season, when Hunter looked like he would be making up a lot of lost ground in his career and was starting every game, injury struck and after just 49 games (and 49 starts), he was forced to miss most of the season.

In 2000, the Pistons decided to trade Hunter out to the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for Billy Owens. Although Hunter was part of every game for the Bucks, he started only 5 of them and scored at 10.1 points per game with 2.7 assists and 1.2 steals per game. At the end of the season, the Bucks decided to send him to the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for Greg Foster.

Hunter got his maiden NBA Championship title and was a minor contributor, playing all 82 games that season. Although he played just about 19 minutes per game, he was scoring at 5.8 points per game. He also made 18 appearances for the Lakers in the playoffs, although averaging just 7.3 minutes per game. Not impressed by his performance and ability, the Lakers traded Hunter out to the Toronto Raptors for the 2002-03 season.

Hunter never got a decent look-in with the Raptors, scoring at just 9.7 points per game in the 29 games he played. At the end of the season, it was back to his old team, the Detroit Pistons, for Hunter and hopefully better playing days. After 33 games for the Pistons, Hunter was traded out to the Boston Celtics but never played a game. At the end of the season, he was released and the Pistons got him back. Hunter was initially sent to Boston to allow the Pistons to make the salary cap work after acquiring Rasheed Wallace. Chucky Atkins and Mike James were also victims of this Wallace-trade. With the Pistons, Hunter would win his second NBA Championship title in the 2004-05 season. Playing just 15.1 minutes over 76 games saw Hunter score at just 3.8 points per game.

Two more poor seasons later, Hinrich tested positive for phentermine, a banned substance, and was banned for 10 games in March, 2007.

At the end of the 2007-08 season, Hunter was traded out to the Chicago Bulls, with whom he signed a single year contract. After playing just 28 games in the first season with the Bulls, Hunter was offered a $1.3 million veterans’ contract.

Today, Hunter is the oldest player still playing in the NBA.

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