Hudson in 2013 with the Los Angeles Lakers
|No. 14 – Liaoning Flying Leopards|
|Position||Point guard / Shooting guard|
|League||Chinese Basketball Association|
August 7, 1984 |
|Listed height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Listed weight||190 lb (86 kg)|
|High school||Central (Memphis, Tennessee)|
|NBA draft||2009 / Round: 2 / Pick: 58th overall|
|Selected by the Boston Celtics|
|2009||→Maine Red Claws|
|2011||Guangdong Southern Tigers|
|2013–2014||Xinjiang Flying Tigers|
|2014–2015||Liaoning Flying Leopards|
|2015||Los Angeles Clippers|
|2015–present||Liaoning Flying Leopards|
|Career highlights and awards|
Lester Hudson III (born August 7, 1984) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Liaoning Flying Leopards of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA). In the 2007–08 season, Hudson recorded the only quadruple-double in NCAA Division I men's basketball history. 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 signed by the Memphis Grizzlies. Hudson later played for the Washington Wizards and Cleveland Cavaliers before returning to the Grizzlies in April 2012.
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 on November 13, 2007. (Counting Ann Meyers' 1978 quadruple-double for UCLA, at a time when women's college sports were governed by the AIAW instead of the NCAA, five women have recorded quadruple-doubles in NCAA Division I women's play, the most recent being Shakyla Hill of Grambling State on January 3, 2018.)
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.
Over the first few months of the 2009–10 season, Hudson split time between the Celtics and their NBADL 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, but he was claimed by the Memphis Grizzlies two days later. The Grizzlies assigned him to the Dakota Wizards of the D-League on February 28, 2010.
Hudson was waived on July 1, 2010 by the Grizzlies.
Hudson was invited to Wizards' training camp for the 2010–11 NBA season and made the team. After playing six games for them, he was waived on November 23, 2010. He was re-signed on December 20, 2010, but waived again on January 5, 2011.
On March 30, 2012, Hudson was signed by the Cleveland Cavaliers to the first of two 10-day contracts. 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. On April 20, 2012, after his second 10-day contract expired, he joined the Memphis Grizzlies for the remainder of the 2011–12 season.
On September 13, 2015, Hudson returned to the Liaoning Flying Leopards, signing a new three-year deal with the club.
NBA career statistics
|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|
- Eric Prisbell (December 15, 2007). "A Drive From Obscurity". The Washington Post. pp. E01. Retrieved 2008-05-25.
- "UTM's Hudson posts rare quadruple-double". The Pacer. University of Tennessee at Martin. November 13, 2007. Archived from the original on March 17, 2011. Retrieved June 11, 2009.
- "Central Baptist Coll 74, Tennessee-Martin 116 Boxscore". ESPN.com. ESPN Internet Ventures. November 13, 2007. Retrieved June 11, 2009.
- "Grambling State's Shakyla Hill records fourth Division I women's quadruple-double". ESPN.com. January 4, 2018. Retrieved January 4, 2018.
- "Celtics waive Lester Hudson". NBA.com. 2010-01-06. Retrieved 2012-04-21.
- "Grizzlies claim Lester Hudson off waivers". NBA.com. 2010-01-08. Retrieved 2012-04-21.
- Grizzlies opt Hudson to developmental league
- "Grizzlies waive Lester Hudson". NBA.com. 2010-07-01. Retrieved 2012-04-21.
- Wizards Invite Hudson, Martin To Camp
- "Wizards Sign Swingman Alonzo Gee". NBA.com. 2010-11-23. Retrieved 2012-04-21.
- "Wizards Bring Back Point Guard Lester Hudson". NBA.com. 2010-12-20. Retrieved 2012-04-21.
- "Wizards Waive Hudson". NBA.com. 2011-01-05. Retrieved 2012-04-21.
- 广东裁掉扣篮王新援哈德森火速上位次轮登场 Archived 2011-01-18 at the Wayback Machine. (in Chinese)
- "Cavs Sign Lester Hudson to 10-Day Contract". NBA.com. 2012-03-30. Retrieved 2012-04-21.
- Tom Reed (April 11, 2012). "Cleveland Cavaliers get more heroics from Lester Hudson, but fall in OT to Indiana". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved September 2, 2012.
- "Grizzlies sign Lester Hudson". NBA.com. 2012-04-20. Retrieved 2012-04-21.
- Lester Hudson inks with Dongguan
- The Austin Toros Acquire (G) Lester Hudson
- Jazz Signs Lester Hudson
- Utah Jazz waive Brian Cook, Dominic McGuire, Justin Holiday, Lester Hudson and Scott Machado
- "Lester Hudson signs in China". Sportando.net. Retrieved 10 November 2013.
- "CBA MVP Hudson joins Liaoning Hengye club". xinhuanet.com. October 14, 2014. Retrieved March 29, 2015.
- "Clippers Sign Lester Hudson to 10-day Contract". NBA.com. March 29, 2015. Retrieved March 29, 2015.
- "Clippers Sign Lester Hudson". NBA.com. April 11, 2015. Retrieved April 11, 2015.
- "Clippers waive guard Lester Hudson". NBA.com. July 16, 2015. Retrieved July 16, 2015.
- "Lester Hudson back to China: extends with Liaoning until 2018". Sportando.com. September 13, 2015. Retrieved September 13, 2015.