Larry Hughes : NBA, Career & Net Worth

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In 1989, St. Louis newspaper readers came upon a black-and-white picture of a 10-year-old boy, Larry Hughes, dribbling a basketball.

Most people probably skimmed over the story, unaware that the boy would become one of the city’s most prominent basketball players in the years to come.

Fast forward to 2022, Larry Hughes is one of the most prolific shooting guards in the history of the NBA. His versatility, adaptability, and defensive ability have made him a household name in the industry.

NBA player Larry Hughes
NBA player Larry Hughes (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Though Larry was overshadowed by his batchmates, including Gilbert Arenas, Michael Jordan, and Lebron James, he shined on his own.

But, where is the NBA veteran now, and what is he doing after retirement? Read on to find out.

In addition, this article will uncover Larry Hughes’s early life, professional career, net worth, and personal life in detail.

But, before that, let’s know him quickly with his quick facts.

Quick Facts

Full Name Larry Darnell Hughes
Name Larry Hughes
Nick Name Smooth
Date of Birth January 23, 1979
Age years old
Birth Place St. Louis, Missouri
Nationality American
Ethnicity Black
Zodiac Sign  Aquarius
Height 6 ft 5 inch (1.96 m)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg)
Hair Color Black
Eye Color Brown
Mother’s Name Vanessa Hughes
Father’s Name Not available
Siblings Late brother, Justin Hughes
High School Christian Brothers College High School 
Education Graduate
University St. Louis University
Marital Status Married
Wife  Carrie Hughes
Marriage Year 2004
Children Four; Lyric Hughes, Larry Hughes II, Lauryn Hughes, Landys Hughes
Profession Former NBA Player
Position Shooting guard
Leagues   National Basketball Association (NBA)
NBA Draft The first round of the 1998 NBA draft by the Philadelphia 76er
Debut Year  1998
Retirement 2012
Playing Teams
  • Philadelphia 76ers (1998–2000)
  • Golden State Warriors (2000–2002)
  • Washington Wizards (2002–2005)
  • Cleveland Cavaliers (2005–2008)
  • Chicago Bulls (2008–2009)
  • New York Knicks (2009–2010)
  • Charlotte Bobcats (2010)
  • Orlando Magic (2011–2012)
Awards and achievements
  • NBA All-Defensive First Team (2005)
  • NBA steals leader (2005)
  • USBWA National Freshman of the Year (1998)
  • First-team All-Conference USA (1998)
  • McDonald’s All-American (1997)
  • Second-team Parade All-American (1997)
  • Mr. Show-Me Basketball (1997)
Affiliation  Larry Hughes Basketball Academy
Net Worth   $45 million
Social Media Instagram, Twitter 
Merch Jersey
Last Update  May 2024

Larry Hughes | Early Life

Larry Darnell Hughes Sr. was born on January 23, 1979, in St. Louis, Missouri. He is the son of Vanessa Hughes (mother). Unfortunately, his father’s whereabouts are unknown.

In addition, Hughes had a brother Justin Hughes who died in 2006 due to heart failure at the age of 20. But, Larry’s brother was born with a heart defect and had heart transplantation.

When Hughes was 12 years old, his mother enrolled him in organized basketball at the St. Alphonsus Liguori Church. The team was called The Rock, and her mother enrolled him as part of the extra circular activity.

Larry learned the basketball on his own, but his skills were god-gifted. He realized then that he was good at basketball and wanted to make a career. That’s when his NBA dream started.

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Age, Height & Weight

Larry was born on January 23, 1979, making him 45 years old. People born on January 23 are Aquarius, Larry being optimistic, self-reliant, and overall exception fits well with his birth sign. 

Furthermore, Larry was born in St. Louis, Missouri, and identifies as an American of black ethnicity. He has black hair and black eyes.

Also, Hughes is 6 ft 5 inches (1.96 m) tall and weighs around 185 lb (84 kg). 

Larry Hughes | Early Career

NBA Career (Teams) Years
Philadelphia 76ers (1998-2000)
Golden State Warrior (2000-2002)
Washington Wizards (2002-2005)
Cleaveland Cavaliers (2005-2008)
Chicago Bulls (2008-2009)
New York Knicks (2009-2010)
Sacramento Kings (2010)
Charlotte Bobcats (2010)
Orlando Magic (2011-2012)

Larry attended Christian Brothers College High School (CBC) and was part of its basketball team. He was one of the key members to led his school to win the state title in 1997.

After a stellar high school career, Larry left his college imprints. He enrolled at St. Louis University. He guided the St. Louis Eagles to the AAU National Championship. 

In his college career, he had groundbreaking records and wins. Thus, Larry is widely considered one of the greatest St. Louis basketball players of all time. 

Larry Hughes | Professional Career

After a stellar college career, Larry enrolled in the 1998 NBA draft. He embarked on his NBA journey after he was picked in the first round by the Philadelphia 76ers. He played for them for two years before playing for the Golden State Warriors.

His peak career was with Washington Wizards. While playing with the Wizards, he became renowned as a versatile and athletic guard with great defensive ability. Thus, Larry was named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team in 2004–05.

Larry Hughes playing for Cleveland (Source Closeup360)
Larry playing for Cleveland (Source Closeup360)

However, he later signed to the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2005. Hughes received the first Austin Carr Good Guy Award on May 2, 2006, given to the Cavaliers player with an excellent public image.

Before retiring as an NFL player, he briefly played with Chicago Bulls, the New York Knicks, the Sacramento Kings, the Charlotte Bobcats, and the Orlando Magic.

In the summer of 2017, Hughes was chosen to play for Ice Cube’s BIG3 League club, the “Killer 3s.”

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Larry Hughes| Awards and Achievements

  • NBA All-Defensive First Team (2005)
  • NBA steals leader (2005)
  • USBWA National Freshman of the Year (1998)
  • First-team All-Conference USA (1998)
  • McDonald’s All-American (1997)
  • Second-team Parade All-American (1997)
  • Mr. Show-Me Basketball (1997)

Larry Hughes Basketball Academy 

Hughes established a Larry Hughes Basketball Academy in 2014, where he coaches NBA aspirants and basketball lovers. It is located in Chesterfield, Missouri.

The academy was Larry’s long-term vision. He wanted to establish an academy and ensure that the students left with the skillsets they needed to be exceptional personalities both on and off the court after leaving the academy. 

It particularly aims to improve students’ shooting, defense, ball handling, and basketball IQ, and develop leadership skills, confidence, and work ethic.

Larry Hughes | Wife and Children

Larry Hughes is married to his long-time girlfriend, Carrie Hughes. The couple started dating in 1996.

The couple married in 2004 and had four children; Lyric Hughes, Larry Hughes II, Lauryn Hughes, and Landys Hughes.

Their first child, Lauryn Hughes, was born in 1999. After two years, their second daughter, Landys, was born. Their son, Larry, was born in 2004, and their youngest daughter, Lyric, was born in 2009.

NBA player Larry Hughes with his wife and children (Source Bloximages)
NBA player  with his wife and children (Source: Bloximages)

Daughter From Another Relation

Larry also has a daughter named Kennedy Carter from his relationship with Sundy Carter. Sundy is a model and was dating Larry, unknown to the fact that he was already married.

Kennedy was born in July 2007. Larry initially declined to be her father, but Sundy sought legal counsel and forced a paternity test which proved him to be Kennedy’s father.

After that, Larry agreed to child support but has been inconsistent. They had several legal feuds over payments, health care, and Kennedy’s trust fund. 

However, Larry has a good relationship with his daughter Kennedy and often meets with her on Sundays.

Social Media Presence 

Hughes is active on various social media platforms. You can keep up with his personal and professional life by following him on following social media handles:

Larry Hughes | Net Worth and Salary

The net worth of Larry is estimated to be $45 million. His net worth is derived from his primary profession as an NBA player.

The athlete signed a rookie deal with the Philadelphia 76ers for $1,330,000. Furthermore, Hughes signed his career’s most expensive deal with Cleveland Cavalier worth $70 million in 2005.

Thus, the player earned millions of dollars being an NBA player playing for different teams. 

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Larry Hughes Foundation

Larry has founded a non-profit organization with his mother to provide the funds and tools to improve the quality of life of economically struggling people.

The former NBA player’s mother had to go through a financial struggle to fund the medical expenses for Larry’s brother, Justin, who went through heart transplantation. She established this organization to help others going through the same situation.

Larry Hughes | Lifestyle

Most NBA players tend to hide their lifestyle from the media. But, the former NBA player is open about his lifestyle and evidently lives a lavish life.

He has a big mansion with modern facilities, including a home theatre, swimming pool, and gym. On top of that, he has ten luxurious cars, including Lamborghini, which he rides often. 

Former NBA star with his tatoo (Source Ikilo blog)
Larry Hughes with his tattoo (Source: Ikilo blog)

In addition, Larry is a tattoo lover and has over 20 tattoos inked all over his body. When asked if the tattoos have a specific meaning, he says he randomly inks the tattoo.

Also, Larry often travels abroad with his family and eats at fancy restaurants. But he is always down for Mcdonald’s french fries, his favorite.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS)

What are the overall NBA statistics of Larry Hughes?

In his NBA career, Larry  Hughes played 727 games with an average of 4.2 rebounds,1.6 steals, 3.1 assists, 0.5 blocks, and 14.1 points per game.

In addition, he scored 10,242 points, 3,039 rebounds, and 2,290 assists.

Is Larry Hughes a Hall of Famer?

Yes, Larry Hughes was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in 2021. He was inducted for his remarkable contribution to the NBA and basketball.

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