Louis Clyde Hudson also known as "Sweet Lou" was born July 11, 1944 in Greensboro, North Carolina. He graduated from Dudley High School in Greensboro and went on to play basketball at the University of Minnesota. The legend of Lou Hudson began to spread when scouts saw him score 30 points in a game with a broken hand during his senior year of college.
At 6'5" and 215 pounds, Hudson was selected fourth overall in the 1966 NBA Draft by the St. Louis Hawks. In his rookie year, "Sweet Lou" averaged 18.4 points per game and was named to the NBA All Rookie Team. In the 1968-69 season, the Hawks moved to Atlanta and in that year Hudson would go on to average 21.9 points per game.
Hudson would go on to be a six time NBA All Star. He shares a Hawks franchise record of most points in a single game (57) with Dominique Wilkins and Bob Pettit (ironically enough two others that we will profile for Hawks Greats). Hudson finished his career with an average of 20.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game over the course of 13 seasons.
Lou Hudson has had his jersey retired by the Hawks franchise as well as by the University of Minnesota and in 2002, he was inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame.
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