GRANT HENRY HILL (born October 5, 1972) is an American retired
basketball player and a sports show host on
Hill's parents are retired NFL Pro Bowl running back
Calvin Hill and
Janet Hill. He and his father were Rookies of the Year in their
respective sports; Hill in the NBA in 1995 (shared with
While playing college basketball at Duke , he was the 1994 ACC Player
of the Year , a two-time NCAA All-American , and a two-time NCAA
champion . As a professional he was the 1995 NBA co-Rookie of the Year
, and was a seven-time NBA All-Star , five-time
Throughout his college career and early in his years with the Detroit
Pistons, Hill was widely considered to be one of the best all-around
players in the game, often leading his team in points, rebounds and
assists . Touted as one of the best players in Duke history, many went
as far as to say that he was one of the greatest collegiate basketball
players in his era. After his first six seasons with the Pistons, in
which he averaged 21.6 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 6.3 assists, his next
twelve seasons were mostly injury plagued, as he averaged just 13.1
points, 4.7 rebounds, and 2.6 assists per game. On June 1, 2013, after
19 years in the league, Hill announced his retirement from the NBA.
Tony Ressler officially purchased the
* 1 College
* 2 NBA career and Team USA (1994–2013)
* 3 Post-NBA career * 4 Sponsorships and paid endorsements * 5 In television and film
* 6 Personal life
* 6.1 Charitable activities * 6.2 Other interests
* 7 NBA career statistics
* 7.1 Regular season * 7.2 Playoffs
* 8 See also * 9 References * 10 External links
When the time came to choose a college, Hill's mother told the Fox
Beyond the Glory , that she wanted him to attend
Georgetown , while his father preferred the University of North
Carolina . Hill decided to attend
Duke University , playing four years
with the Blue Devils , winning national titles in 1991 and 1992 . Duke
became the first Division I program to win consecutive titles since
UCLA in 1973 . Despite losing two of the biggest contributors on the
Hill also is widely known for his role in a desperation play in an NCAA tournament regional final against Kentucky in 1992, which is considered by many to be one of the greatest college basketball games of all time . With Duke down 103–102 in overtime and 2.1 seconds remaining after Kentucky's Sean Woods hit a floater, an unguarded Hill heaved the in-bounds pass 75 feet across the court into the hands of Laettner, who dribbled once and spun before pulling up to make the game-winning jumper from just outside the free-throw line as time expired.
NBA CAREER AND TEAM USA (1994–2013)
DETROIT PISTONS (1994–2000)
In his second season (1995–96 ), he once again led the All-Star fan
balloting, this time edging
Michael Jordan (Jordan's first All-Star
game after returning since retiring in 1993). During the 1995–96
season, Hill showcased his all-round abilities by leading the NBA in
triple-doubles (10). He also won a gold medal at the 1996 Summer
In 1999–2000 season , Hill averaged 25.8 points while shooting 49% from the field, the season's third highest scoring average, behind MVP Shaquille O\'Neal and Allen Iverson . He averaged 6.6 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game. However, despite Hill's individual accomplishments in Detroit, the Pistons never made it far in the playoffs, either losing in the first round (1996 , 1997 and 1999 ), or missing the playoffs entirely in the 1994–95 and 1997–98 seasons . The 2000 playoffs would be no different. On April 15, 2000, 7 days before the start of the playoffs, Hill sprained his left ankle in a game against the Philadelphia 76ers . He continued to play until the first round playoff series against the Miami Heat , in which his injured ankle got worse and Hill was forced to leave halfway through game 2. Eventually, the Heat swept the Pistons 3–0. Hill was initially selected for the 2000 Olympics U.S. team, but could not play due to his ankle injury, which would prove to be a major liability for many years to come.
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.
ORLANDO MAGIC (2000–2007)
As an unrestricted free agent, Hill had planned to sign with the
Orlando Magic . On August 3, 2000, however, a sign and trade deal
allowed Hill to receive a slightly more lucrative contract while
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 2004–05 season saw a return to the "old" Grant Hill, who was so popular earlier in his career. Hill, though hampered by a bruised left shin that caused him to miss several games, started and played 67 games for the Magic, well over the combined amount of games he played for the Magic the previous four seasons. He was named the Eastern Conference player of the week for the week between November 15–21, 2004. Over the season, Hill averaged 19.7 points per game on a .509 field goal percentage. Fans voted him an All-Star starter again, and he led the Eastern Conference All-Star Team to a victory over the West. In addition, at the conclusion of the season, Hill was awarded the Joe Dumars Trophy presented to the NBA Sportsmanship Award Winner.
During the 2005–06 season Hill was once again injured frequently as nagging groin injuries kept him sidelined for much of the first half of the season, limiting him to 21 games. He got a sports hernia that was caused by an uneven pressure on Hill's feet while he was running, due to concerns that he could re-aggravate the injury on his left ankle if it got too much pressure. Hill underwent surgery for the hernia and stated that he would consider retirement if he had to get another surgery.
In the 2006–07 season Hill returned from injuries despite numerous
rumors surrounding his retirement. Hill received ankle rotation
therapy from specialists in Vancouver, BC during the off-season and
stated that he had regained much motion in his left ankle. Hill
returned to the Magic lineup, starting at the shooting guard position.
Despite having problems with injuries to his left knee and a tendon in
his left ankle, Hill managed to play 65 games, two short of the
highest number of games he played over a single season as a member of
the Magic. He finished the season with averages of 14.4 points, 3.6
rebounds and 2.1 assists per game. This season would see Hill return
to the playoffs for the first time since 2000, his first playoff
appearance with the Magic. The 8th seed Magic would meet Hill's old
PHOENIX SUNS (2007–2012)
Hill became an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2007. On July 5 Hill's agent, Lon Babby , said Hill intended to sign with the Phoenix Suns on July 11 (the first day free agents can officially sign contracts). Hill earned $1.83 million for 2007–08 with a $1.97 million player option for the next year. Hill was named captain along with Steve Nash . Hill was given permission by Suns Ring of Honor member, Alvan Adams , to wear his familiar No. 33 with the Suns. Hill adapted well to the Suns' up-tempo style, averaging double figures in points as a key role player for Phoenix in the early months of the 2007–08 season. He played in the team's first 34 games before an emergency appendectomy on January 9, 2008, sidelined him for two weeks. Despite being bothered by multiple injuries throughout the season, Hill had his first 70-game season since leaving Detroit, averaging 13.1 ppg, 5.0 rpg and 2.9 apg in the process.
Playing for the Phoenix Suns in the 2008–2009 season, Hill appeared in all 82 games for the first time in his career and averaged 12.0 ppg, 4.90 rpg, and 2.3 apg, scoring 27 points and 10 rebounds in the Suns' season finale.
On July 10, 2009, the
In 2010 the Phoenix Suns advanced to the Western Conference Semifinals, marking Hill's first playoff series victory, and making him the first NBA player in history to win his first playoff series after 15 years in the league. After sweeping the San Antonio Spurs 4–0, the Suns then moved to the Western Conference Finals to face the Los Angeles Lakers , but lost in six games (4-2).
In 2010, he was chosen as the tenth-smartest athlete in sports by Sporting News .
On June 8 Hill exercised his option for the 2010–11 season . The
Suns underwent two major roster changes in 2010–11. During the
pre-season teammate Amar\'e Stoudemire left for New York while Hedo
Josh Childress and
On December 9, 2011, Hill decided to stay with the Phoenix Suns for one year, accepting a $6.5 million contract. By the end of the 2011–12 season , Hill had reached 17,000 career points, ending the season 78th on the all-time NBA scoring list (82nd NBA/ABA), 79th in career assists (83rd), and 66th in career steals (71st).
LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS (2012–2013)
After his contract with the Suns expired, Hill was pursued by multiple contenders, including the Los Angeles Lakers , Miami Heat , New York Knicks , Portland Trail Blazers , and the Oklahoma City Thunder . On July 18, 2012, Hill signed a contract with the Clippers. Hill suffered a bruised bone in his right knee in the preseason which kept him out for three months. He then made his debut with the Clippers on January 12, 2013 against the Orlando Magic . During the 2012–13 season, he played only 29 games, averaging 3.2 ppg and 1.7 rpg in 15.1 mpg. The Clippers finished 56-26, fourth best in the Western Conference, and won the Pacific Division for the first time in franchise history. However, the Clippers fell to the Memphis Grizzlies in a six-game series in the first round.
On June 1, 2013, Hill announced his retirement from professional basketball after 19 seasons in the NBA. Hill would later join NBA TV to become an analyst.
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* ^ Brodess, Doug (October 24, 2011). "Duke Basketball: Top 10 Blue
Devils of All Time".