Larry Darnell Hughes (born January 23, 1979) is an American former professional basketball player. He is a 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) and 184 lb (83 kg) shooting guard. Hughes attended Saint Louis University and was the eighth pick in the 1998 NBA Draft, selected by the Philadelphia 76ers.
Hughes has played for the Philadelphia 76ers, Golden State Warriors, Washington Wizards, Cleveland Cavaliers, Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, Sacramento Kings, Charlotte Bobcats, and Orlando Magic. 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. 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.
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.
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.
On February 18, 2010, Hughes was traded to the Sacramento Kings in a three team deal that also moved Tracy McGrady to the Knicks.
On December 9, 2011, Hughes signed a non-guaranteed contract with the Orlando Magic. He was waived on February 1, 2012, after averaging 1.3 points in nine games.
Career highlights and awards
NBA All-Defensive First Team (2005)
NBA steals leader (2005)
USBWA National Freshman of the Year (1998)
First-team All-Conference USA (1998)