Lester Hudson

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Lester Hudson
Lester Hudson Lakers Summer League.jpg
Hudson in 2013 with the Los Angeles Lakers
Xinjiang Flying Tigers
Position Guard
League Chinese Basketball Association
Personal information
Born (1984-08-07) August 7, 1984 (age 29)
Memphis, Tennessee
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight 190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school Central (Memphis, Tennessee)
College Southwest Tennessee CC (2005–2007)
Tennessee–Martin (2007–2009)
NBA draft 2009 / Round: 2 / Pick: 58th overall
Selected by the Boston Celtics
Pro playing career 2009–present
Career history
2009–2010 Boston Celtics
2009 Maine Red Claws (D-League)
2010 Memphis Grizzlies
2010 Dakota Wizards (D-League)
2010–2011 Washington Wizards
2011 Guangdong Southern Tigers (China)
2011–2012 Qingdao DoubleStar (China)
2012 Austin Toros (D-League)
2012 Cleveland Cavaliers
2012 Memphis Grizzlies
2012–2013 Dongguan Leopards (China)
2013 Austin Toros (D-League)
2013–present Xinjiang Flying Tigers (China)
Career highlights and awards

Lester Hudson (born August 7, 1984) is an American professional basketball player. In the 2007–08 season, Hudson recorded the only quadruple-double in NCAA Division I men's basketball history.[1] At the conclusion of the season, he declared himself for the 2008 NBA Draft, but later withdrew. Hudson was drafted by the Boston Celtics with the 58th pick of the 2009 NBA Draft, but was later waived. He was then claimed by the Memphis Grizzlies. Hudson later played for the Washington Wizards and Cleveland Cavaliers before returning to the Grizzlies in April 2012.

College career[edit]

Hudson put together one of the best all-around seasons in Ohio Valley Conference history in 2007–08 and helped UT Martin make a six-game improvement in its league record from the previous year. The Skyhawks were picked last (11th) in a preseason poll but finished fourth and qualified for the OVC Tournament.

Hudson made school, conference and NCAA history during the season, including becoming the first Division I men's player to record a quadruple-double (25 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists and 10 steals vs. Central Baptist College) in a college game.

He also had a triple-double, eight additional double-doubles and cracked the 30-point plateau 11 times during his rookie season in the league. He finished the season ranked fifth nationally in points per game (25.7); fourth in steals (2.8) and tenth in 3-pointers made per game (3.8). He also ranked among the top 90 nationally in each rebounding (79th, 7.8/game), assists (88th, 4.5/game), 3-point percentage (72nd, 38.8%) and free throw percentage (67th, 83.4%).

A Memphis, Tennessee native who transferred from Southwest Tennessee Community College, Hudson is the first UT Martin player to receive the OVC Player of the Year award. He was again honored in the 2008–09 season, the first back to back win since Murray State University's Marcus Brown won in the 1994-1995 and 1995-1996 seasons. He was also named to the OVC All-Newcomer squad, became just the fourth Skyhawk ever named to the All-OVC first-team (2007–2008 and 2008–2009,) and was named UT Martin's Bob Carroll Male Athlete of the Year.

With All-American honors from the Associated Press and Collegeinsider.com, Hudson became the first player in UT Martin history to claim the honors since the school started playing in Division I.

Professional career[edit]

Over the first few months of the 2009–10 season, Hudson split time between the Celtics and their NBDL affiliate, the Maine Red Claws. On January 2, an injury ravaged Celtics team turned to Hudson during a game against the Toronto Raptors. On January 6, 2010, Hudson was waived by the Celtics,[2] but he was claimed by the Memphis Grizzlies two days later.[3] The Grizzlies assigned him to the Dakota Wizards of the D-League on February 28, 2010.[4]

Hudson was waived on July 1, 2010 by the Grizzlies.[5]

He played for the Washington Wizards during the NBA's 2010 summer league.

Hudson was invited to Washington Wizards training camp for the 2010–11 NBA season[6] and made the team. After playing six games for the Wizards, he was waived on November 23, 2010.[7] He was re-signed on December 20, 2010,[8] but waived again on January 5, 2011.[9]

In January 2011 he signed with the Guangdong Southern Tigers in China.[10] He joined Qingdao DoubleStar in November 2011.[11]

On March 30, 2012, Hudson was signed by the Cleveland Cavaliers to the first of two 10-day contracts.[12] He quickly established himself, scoring at least 23 points in three consecutive games from April 6 to April 10. He also hit two last-second shots to force two games into overtime.[13] On April 20, 2012, after his second 10-day contract expired, he joined the Memphis Grizzlies for the remainder of the 2011–12 season.[14]

On October 12, 2012, he signed with the Dongguan Leopards of China.[15] On March 15, 2013, he was acquired by the Austin Toros of the NBA D-League.[16]

On October 1, 2013, he signed with the Utah Jazz.[17] He was later waived by the Jazz on October 26.[18] In November 2013, he signed with Xinjiang Flying Tigers.[19]

NBA career statistics[edit]

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[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2009–10 Boston 16 0 4.4 .389 .600 .833 .5 .5 .2 .1 1.4
2009–10 Memphis 9 0 6.8 .400 .182 .857 1.1 .6 .6 .1 4.0
2010–11 Washington 11 0 6.6 .250 .267 .500 .5 1.5 .4 .1 1.6
2011–12 Cleveland 13 0 24.2 .391 .246 .842 3.5 2.7 1.1 .2 12.7
2011–12 Memphis 3 0 6.7 .273 .333 .667 .0 .3 .0 .0 3.0
Career 52 0 10.3 .372 .264 .810 1.3 1.3 .5 .1 4.8

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