September 24, 2007
Troy Hudson has averaged 9.1 points and 3.4 assists during his 10-year NBA career.
Hudson, 31, appeared in 34 games last season with the Minnesota Timberwolves, averaging 5.9 points and 2.1 assists in 16.3 minutes per game. He scored a season-high 26 points at Boston on March 4, one of three 20-plus point outings (also 22 at Phoenix on January 21, and 20 vs. New Orleans on November 18). Additionally, his three-point field goal percentage (.350) marked the fifth time in the last six seasons in which he shot at least 35% from behind the arch.
“We’re excited to add a player of Troy’s caliber to our team,” said Mullin. “He’s had a productive NBA career and, most importantly, will provide us with additional depth in the backcourt. He has the ability to run a team and some of his other strengths – such as three-point shooting – will fit in well with our style of play.”
The 10-year NBA veteran has spent the last five seasons in Minnesota, where he enjoyed his most productive campaign in 2002-03, registering career-high averages in scoring (14.2) and assists (5.7). He ranked second that season in the NBA in free throw percentage (90.0) and 16th in assists (5.7), highlighted by a career-best 15 vs. Cleveland on February 28, 2003. Later that season, the 6’1” guard averaged 23.5 points and 5.5 assists during the Timberwolves’ First Round series against the L.A. Lakers in the 2003 NBA Playoffs.
Hudson, who has played for four teams during his decade-long career (Utah, L.A. Clippers, Orlando and Minnesota), enters the 2007-08 season having averaged 9.1 points, 3.4 assists and 1.7 rebounds in 508 regular-season contests overall. He finished fifth in voting for the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year award following the 2001-02 campaign, when he averaged 11.7 points and 3.1 assists in 22.9 minutes with the Orlando Magic. Additionally, he has shot at least 81% from the free throw line eight times in the last nine years and has averaged 14.9 points and 3.4 assists in 14 post-season appearances.
Hudson will wear uniform No. 6.