Lindsey Hunter, Jr.
- Alcorn State University
- Jackson State University
Lindsey Benson Hunter, Jr. is a former professional basketball player and a native of Jackson, Mississippi. After playing basketball at Murrah High School and winning two state championships with the Mustangs, Hunter enrolled at Alcorn State University and was named SWAC Freshmen of the Year. He transferred to Jackson State University after his freshman year and became arguably the school's highest-profile athlete since the days of Walter Payton and Jackie Slater. He led Jackson State to an upset of UConn in the 1993 Postseason NIT. Hunter was named SWAC Player of the Year at the end of his senior season.
Hunter was drafted as the 10th overall pick in the 1993 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons. He played for Detroit from 1993 to 2000 before spending a year with the Milwaukee Bucks and the Los Angeles Lakers. He won his first NBA title playing for the Lakers in 2001-02. Hunter then played for the Toronto Raptors for a year before returning to the Pistons from 2003-08, winning his second NBA title in 2003-04. He concluded his playing career for the Chicago Bulls from 2008-10. He played in 937 games over his NBA career and 147 playoff games as he reached the postseason in 12 of his seasons. During his 17-year NBA career, Hunter recorded 7,956 points, 2,021 rebounds, and 2,506 assists. In 2012, Hunter signed with the Phoenix Suns as an assistant coach for player development. After a coaching change during the 2012-13 season, Hunter was named interim head coach of the Suns for the remainder of the year, leading Phoenix for 41 games. He moved on to become an assistant for the Golden State Warriors during the 2013-14 season.
During the 2016-17 season, Hunter served as an assistant coach on the University of Buffalo coaching staff. In his only season on the UB coaching staff, the Bulls went 17-15 while earning the number three seed in the Mid-American Conference Tournament. Hunter helped guide a pair of individual award winners as Dontay Caruthers was named the MAC Defensive Player of the Year and Nick Perkins was named Sixth Man of the Year. Blake Hamilton was also named to the All-MAC Second Team and CJ Massinburg was an Honorable Mention selection.
Lindsey Hunter is entering his third season as Mississippi Valley State’s head men’s basketball coach. MVSU named Hunter their 11th head men’s basketball coach on April 20, 2019. Hunter was inducted into the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame in 2021.