Hughes started his basketball career at Christian Brothers College High School, winning state with his team in 1997.
Hughes has previously played for the Washington Wizards, Golden State Warriors and Philadelphia 76ers, and 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 led the Billikens to the NCAA Tournament that year, making it to the second round after a win over University of Massachusetts. He was selected to the 2004-05 NBA All-Defensive 1st Team as a member of the Wizards.
Hughes signed a five-year contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers as a free agent in the summer of 2005. He was brought into Cleveland to provide assistance to young superstar Lebron James, the Cavs' first overall draft pick in 2003. In the 2005/2006 season he helped Lebron and the Cavs to a 18-10 record before requiring surgery on his broken finger. His last performance before the injury came in a 97-84 home upset of the Detroit Pistons, in which he scored 16 points on 7-10 shooting to go with two steals, five rebounds and three assists.
The 6'5" 184 pound guard features a dynamic game that includes both offensive and defensive prowess. Prior to injuries in 2005, he averaged 16.2 points, and 37.6 minutes per game. Both of those statistics were the second best on the team, to Lebron James. He has an ongoing rivalry with former backcourt partner Gilbert Arenas, with whom he played with for three seasons, two in Washington and one in Golden State.
On May 2, 2006 Hughes was recipient of the inaugural Austin Carr Good Guy Award, designed to recognize the Cavaliers player who is cooperative and understanding of the media, the community and the public. He received the award in Cleveland, wearing a t-shirt bearing the picture of Vito Corleone from the Godfather movie series.
Hughes is friends with the rapper Nelly and appeared in the "Dilemma" music video.
Hughes name was mentioned in fellow St. Louis native Murphy Lee's song "What Da Hook Gon Be."
|Field Goals Made||17||1/10/04||Philadelphia 76ers|
|Field Goals Attempted||32||4/13/00||Sacramento Kings|
|3 Point Field Goals||6||12/31/04||Boston Celtics|
|3 Point FG Attempted||9||1/30/04||Phoenix Suns|
|Free Throws Made||14||12/16/03||Utah Jazz|
|Free Throws Attempted||17||3/29/04||Phoenix Suns|
|Offensive Rebounds||6||2 Times||N/A|
|Defensive Rebounds||12||3/25/04||Los Angeles Clippers|
|Total Rebounds||13||2 Times||N/A|
|Assists||13||2/19/02||New Jersey Nets|
|Minutes Played||52||11/28/04||Toronto Raptors|