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Hall of Fame 2018 | Grant Hill

BIO

• Born: October 5, 1972, Dallas, Texas

• Height and weight: 6 ft 8 in, 225 lb

• Position: SF/SG

• HS: South Lakes (Reston, Virginia)

• College: Duke

• Draft: 1994 / Round: 1 / Pick: 3rd overall/ Drafted by the Detroit Pistons

• 1994-2000 Detroit Pistons

• 2000-2007 Orlando Magic

• 2007-2012 Phoenix Suns

• 2012-2014 Los Angeles Clippers

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• Career Highlights: 7x NBA All-Star, 1x All-NBA First Team, 4x All-NBA Second Team, NBA Co-Rookie of the Year, NBA All-Rookie First Team, 3x NBA Sportsmanship Award, 1x Olympic Champion, 2x NCAA champion, No. 33 retired by Duke

• Career Stats: 16. 7 ppg, 6 rpg, 4.1 apg

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STORY

Grant Hill began his basketball career at Duke University where he played for four years. He won the NCAA title two times (1991, 1992) and led the Blue Devils to the finals in 1994. Hill became the first player in ACC history to collect more than 1,900 points, 700 rebounds, 400 assists, 200 steals and 100 blocked shots. Hill is considered to be on of the best college players ever to play the game. After graduating from Duke with a double major in history and political science, he entered the NBA Draft in 1994 and was selected 3rd by the Detroit Pistons.

Hill’s best days were playing for the Pistons. As a rookie, he averaged 19.9 points, 6.4 rebounds and 5 assists per game. He ended up winning co-rookie with the player picked one spot ahead of him in the ’94 Draft, Jason Kidd. His popularity is best described by the fact Hill was the first rookie ever to lead in All-Star fan balloting getting 1,289,585 votes edging Shaquille O’Neal. In the following year, he once again led All-Star voting ahead of Michael Jordan. In his Pistons days he averaged 21.6 ppg, 6.3 ast and 7.9 rbd. April 15th, 2000 will prove to be the day that will in many ways mark his career. Hill sprained his ankle but continued to play on it until the playoff series with the Miami Heat. After the first six seasons of his career, before his ankle injury, Hill had a total of 9,393 points, 3,417 rebounds and 2,720 assists. Oscar Robertson, Bird, and LeBron James are the only three players in league history to eclipse these numbers after their first six seasons.

Before 2000 he agreed to a sign-and-trade to the Orlando Magic. The Magic hoped he would team up with a budding superstar, Tracy McGrady, who had been signed away from the Toronto Raptors at that time, to return Orlando among the NBA elite. But Hill was hampered by ankle injuries, playing in only four games in his first season with the Magic, 14 games in his second and 29 in his third. He was forced to sit out his entire fourth year with Orlando (2003–04). In March 2003, Hill underwent a major surgical procedure in which doctors re-fractured his ankle and realigned it with his leg bone. Five days after the surgery was performed, Hill developed a 104.5 °F (40.3 °C) fever and convulsions, and was rushed to a hospital. Doctors removed the splint around his ankle and discovered that Hill had contracted a potentially fatal methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection. He was hospitalized for a week and had to take intravenous antibiotics for six months The following three years in Orlando saw him return to more playing, but after so many issues with the ankle, Hill developed other nagging injuries such as a sports hernia and back issues. In his Magic days he averaged 16.4 ppg, 3.1 ast and 5 rbd.

His next destination was the Phoenix Suns where he played from 2007 – 2012. He was a part of the D’Antoni Suns, adapting to the high pace style of play alongside Steve Nash and Amar’e Stoudemire. He accepted a smaller role and by his own words, started to truly enjoy basketball again for the first time after his ankle injury. In his Suns days he averaged 12.1 ppg, 2.5 ast and 4.7 rbd.

His final NBA season was with the LA Clippers. He played a total of 29 games averaging 3.2 ppg and 1.7 rpg in 15.1 mpg. He officially retired from the NBA on June 1st, 2013 and on Friday, September 7th, 2018 he became a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

LIFE AFTER BASKETBALL

Hill became an analyst for NBA TV and in 2015. He was a part of the group led by Tony Ressler that purchased the Atlanta Hawks for $850 million.

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