Lindsey Hunter had two very different stints with the Detroit Pistons during his 12-season career.
He was drafted by the Pistons in 1993 with the 10th overall pick in the draft and he stayed with the team until 2000.
During this run he started 374 of his 499 games and averaged 11.2 points, 3.4 assists and 1.5 steals per game.
He also shot 37 percent from the three-point line, which was scorching hot for the time.
These numbers are very solid, particularly his steals, however Hunter didn’t cement his spot as a great Pistons player until he returned to the team in 2003, after playing with the Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers and Toronto Raptors.
In this stint he only started 12 of his 215 games and averaged just 3.7 points, 1.9 assists and 0.8 steals in 14.5 minutes per game.
What was most impressive about Hunter’s return was his lockdown defence, most notably during the Pistons’ back-to-back trips to the NBA Finals in 2004 and 2005.
Hunter had a defensive win share of 3.3 across these two seasons as well as a defensive box plus/minus of 3.6.
The Pistons team of the mid to early 2000s were built on the back of relentlessly tough defence, and Hunter was a crucial part of this, with his lockdown abilities off the bench being vital.