Grant Hill was supposed to be the next Michael Jordan when he entered the NBA back in 1994. Before even playing a single NBA game, Hill was one of the most famous young athletes after having a spectacular college career at Duke. Early on in his career, he faced many great players who played similar positions, and Hill picked up from them as much as he could to improve and learn about the game.
Even though many guards looked to emulate their game similar to Michael Jordan, Hill looked at Scottie Pippen as someone he looked up to as a young player. Pippen also played at the small forward position, and both of them had a very similar physical appearance. On the other hand, Hill’s game was a bit more polished than Pippen’s, but their versatility and ability to dominate both ends of the floor were unmatched.
“Early on, it was Scottie Pippen. Pippen was a small forward; he was older than me; he was kind of a big brother of sorts. I got to meet him a few times, play with him in the 96 Olympics. He was the barometer, and I was fortunate to have some really good moments against Scottie at the time and also not have some good moments, but that’s what happens when you play against great players.”
Pippen and Hill had their share of battles in the eastern conference throughout the years. Often, both Pippen and Jordan would take turns to try and shut down Grant Hill. Sometimes they succeeded, but sometimes Hill got the best out of them. Nevertheless, he learned the game from the best, and Scottie Pippen is someone you want to observe and learn from to pattern your game around as much as possible.