Larry Hughes

Drafted #8 in the 1998 NBA Draft by the 76ers
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)
Weight: 183 lbs (83 kg)
Position: SG
High School: Christian Brothers College High School (Missouri)
Hometown: St. Louis, MO
College: Saint Louis
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NBA Scouting Reports, Central Division (Part One)

Matt Williams
Matt Williams
Apr 24, 2008, 01:07 am
Overview: A veteran swingman who has had a difficult time replicating the success he experienced early in his career, before he got paid. Has all the things you look in an NBA shooting guard physically, but has serious durability problems, while his priorities and commitment to winning have been questioned. Missed 58 games during his first two years with the Cavaliers, but hasn’t lived up his contract even when he has been healthy. Doesn’t slash as effectively as he once did, and has seen his consistency from the perimeter disappear. Was a dominant collegiate player during his one season at St. Louis University. Brings some nice things to the table defensively despite his recent struggles on the offensive end. Didn’t fit the Cavaliers offense. May never regain the form that made him a household name with the Wizards during the 2004-2005 season, especially if he continues to refuse to be a team player.

Offense: Gets seventy percent of his touches from spot ups, pick and rolls, and isolations. Has a smooth stroke, but doesn’t always keep his elbow in resulting in inconsistency. Can play a little bit of point guard due to his ability to handle the ball. Good at handling pressure and initiating the offense. Doesn’t do a lot of driving and dishing, but finds the open man when defenders get out of position. Needs to be a feature player to put up good numbers. Not an efficient finisher at the rim despite his athleticism. Nowhere near as efficient as he was early in his career. Tends to try and get to the rim when he drives. Is becoming a very poor shooter percentage wise. Needs the ball in his hands constantly in order to make any kind of impact. Suffers from long cold spells from the perimeter. Is capable of putting up big numbers when he gets hot.

Defense: Takes risks to make plays. Can be taken advantage of by taller matchups. Moves his feet well and stays in front of his man. Doesn’t reach on crossovers, but will take chances in passing lanes more often than not. Will reach if he gets beat off the dribble. Doesn’t rebound the ball nearly as aggressively as he used to. Doesn’t show the intensity that he did early in his career. Does an admirable job of getting back in transition. Usually draws an opponent’s best offensive player. Needs to step up on the defensive end to compensate for his offensive shortcomings.


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