Kim Hughes (basketball)

Kim Hughes (born June 4, 1952) is an American former basketball player and coach. He played professional basketball in the American Basketball Association (ABA) and the National Basketball Association (NBA) with the New York / New Jersey Nets, Denver Nuggets, and Milwaukee Bucks between 1975 and 1981. Hughes served as the interim head coach for the Los Angeles Clippers for 33 games in 2010. On July 4, 2015, he was fired from his position as an assistant coach with the Portland Trail Blazers.

Kim Hughes
Innocenti Milano v Mobilquattro Milano (1974–75) - Kim Hughes (cropped).jpg
Hughes with Olimpia Milano in the 1974–75 season
Personal information
Born (1952-06-04) June 4, 1952 (age 68)
Freeport, Illinois
Listed height6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
Listed weight220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High schoolFreeport (Freeport, Illinois)
CollegeWisconsin (1971–1974)
NBA draft1974 / Round: 3 / Pick: 45th overall
Selected by the Buffalo Braves
Playing career1974–1989
Number35, 12, 44, 3
Career history
As player:
1974–1975Olimpia Milano
19751978New York / New Jersey Nets
19781980Denver Nuggets
1980–1981Cleveland Cavaliers
1981–1983Virtus Roma
1983–1988Viola Reggio Calabria
1988–1989Basket Brescia
As coach:
19982003Denver Nuggets (assistant)
20032010Los Angeles Clippers (assistant)
2010Los Angeles Clippers (interim)
2012–2015Portland Trail Blazers (assistant)
2015–2016Viola Reggio Calabria (assistant)
Career highlights and awards
Career ABA and NBA statistics
Points1,624 (3.8 ppg)
Rebounds2,367 (5.6 rpg)
Blocks502 (1.2 bpg)
Stats at

Playing careerEdit

The 6-foot-11 Hughes played college basketball at the University of Wisconsin from 1971 to 1974, averaging 15 points and 11 rebounds as a senior. His identical twin, Kerry, also 6-11, was also a starter on the Badgers.[1] Hughes was selected by the Buffalo Braves in the third round (ninth pick) of the 1974 NBA draft; immediately, he played professionally in Italy during the 1974–75 season for Olimpia Milano. He spent the 1975–76 season with the New York Nets of the American Basketball Association (ABA), where he averaged eight points and nine rebounds and was named to the First Team ABA All-Rookie Team. The 1976 Nets team, which featured Julius Erving, Swen Nater, Larry Kenon and Brian Taylor, won the ABA championship.

Hughes spent two more seasons with the Nets after the franchise moved to the National Basketball Association (NBA). In July 1978, Hughes signed with the Denver Nuggets, where he played for two full seasons. Eight games into the 1980–81 NBA season, Hughes was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers. He retired from the NBA at the end of the 1981 season, but continued to play professionally in Italy until 1989. During his ABA and NBA career, Hughes averaged 3.8 points and 5.6 rebounds per game, and had field goal and free throw percentages of 49.7% and 39.7%, respectively

Coaching careerEdit

Hughes has worked as a scout and assistant coach with the NBA's Denver Nuggets, Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Clippers, and Portland Trail Blazers.

In 2004, Hughes was diagnosed with prostate cancer, but the Clippers and Donald Sterling refused to cover the cost of his surgery. Several Clippers players, including Corey Maggette, Chris Kaman, Marko Jarić and Elton Brand, chipped in to pay for Hughes' treatment. It turned out that the cancer was more advanced than previously thought and about to metastasize. The cost of the surgery was estimated by Hughes to be at least $70,000.[2]

On February 4, 2010, Hughes replaced Mike Dunleavy, Sr. as the head coach of the Los Angeles Clippers.[3] On April 15, 2010, Hughes was released from his duties as interim head coach after going 8–25.[4] On August 17, 2012, Hughes was named as an assistant coach for the Portland Trail Blazers.[5] On July 4, 2015, it was reported that Kim Hughes was relieved of his duties as assistant coach of the Portland Trail Blazers due to circumstances related to media statements and free agency.[6]

Head coaching recordEdit

Regular season G Games coached W Games won L Games lost W–L % Win–loss %
Playoffs PG Playoff games PW Playoff wins PL Playoff losses PW–L % Playoff win–loss %
Team Year G W L W–L% Finish PG PW PL PW–L% Result
L.A. Clippers 2009–10 33 8 25 .242 3rd in Pacific Missed playoffs
Career 33 8 25 .242    


  1. ^ Gary, Alex (2010-02-10). "College Stars: Hughes lifted Freeport in late 1960s". Rockford Register Star. Retrieved 2018-07-06.
  2. ^ Woelfel, Gary (2011-03-14). "Maggette steps up big in crisis". The Journal Times. Retrieved 2011-03-16.
  3. ^ Stein, Marc; Adande, J.A. (4 February 2010). "Dunleavy out as Clippers coach". ESPN. Retrieved 5 February 2010.
  4. ^ Shelburne, Ramona (2010-04-15). "Clippers fire interim coach Hughes". ESPN. Retrieved 2010-04-15.
  5. ^ "Head Coach Terry Stotts Adds Three Coaches To His Staff". August 17, 2012. Archived from the original on August 19, 2012. Retrieved August 17, 2012.
  6. ^ "Sekou Smith's Hangtime Blog". Retrieved 2015-07-04.

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