GRANT HENRY HILL (born October 5, 1972) is an American retired
basketball player and a sports show host on
NBA TV 's NBA Inside Stuff
. Hill played for four teams in his professional career in the
Basketball Association (NBA); the
Detroit Pistons , Orlando
Phoenix Suns , and
Los Angeles Clippers .
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
Jason Kidd ),
and his father in the NFL with the
Dallas Cowboys in 1969.
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
All-NBA selection, and
three-time winner of the
NBA Sportsmanship Award .
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
Atlanta Hawks on June
24, 2015 for an estimated $730 million – $850 million.
* 1 College
* 2 NBA career and Team USA (1994–2013)
Detroit Pistons (1994–2000)
Orlando Magic (2000–2007)
Phoenix Suns (2007–2012)
Los Angeles Clippers (2012–2013)
* 2.5 Retirement (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
Christian Laettner (in 1992) and
Bobby Hurley (who both
went on to play in the NBA with Hill and Laettner later becoming
teammates on the
Detroit Pistons), Hill led Duke to the championship
game once again in 1994 , but lost to Arkansas Razorbacks . Hill won
Henry Iba Corinthian Award as the nation's top defensive player in
1993, and in 1994 he was the ACC Player of the Year. During his
collegiate career, 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. As a result of his successful college career,
he became the eighth player in Duke history to have his jersey number
(33) retired. After his freshman season at Duke, Hill played on the
bronze medal-winning U.S. team at the 1991
Pan American Games
Pan American Games , held
Havana , Cuba.
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
NBA CAREER AND TEAM USA (1994–2013)
DETROIT PISTONS (1994–2000)
Grant Hill was drafted by the
Detroit Pistons with the third pick in
NBA draft after graduating from Duke in 1994. In his first season,
he averaged 19.9 points, 6.4 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 1.77 steals per
game, and became the first Pistons rookie since
Isiah Thomas in
1981–82 to score 1000 points. Hill ended up sharing NBA Rookie of
the Year Award honors with
Jason Kidd of the
Dallas Mavericks ,
becoming the first Piston since
Dave Bing in 1966–67 to win the
award. Hill also won the
Sporting News Rookie of the Year Award. He
was named to the all-NBA First Team in 1997, and all-NBA Second Teams
in 1996, 1998, 1999 and 2000. Hill also regularly played in the NBA
All-Star Game , where he made history by being the first rookie to
lead an NBA All-Star fan balloting in (1994–95 ) with 1,289,585
votes, narrowly defeating Shaquille O\'Neal . In addition, he became
the first rookie in any of the four major professional sports leagues
to lead all-star fan voting.
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
Atlanta as a member of the U.S. men\'s basketball team ,
where he had the team's fifth highest scoring average (9.7) and led
the team in steals (18). In 1996–97 season , Hill averaged 21.4
points, 9.0 rebounds, 7.3 assists and 1.8 steals per game. He became
the first player since
Larry Bird in 1989–90 to average 20 points, 9
rebounds and 7 assists in a season, an accomplishment that had not
been duplicated until
Russell Westbrook averaged a triple-double in
2016-17 NBA season . Once again, Hill led the league in
triple-doubles, where his 13 triple-doubles represented 35 percent of
the league's triple-double total that season. He was the league's
Player of the Month for January and was also awarded NBA's
IBM Award ,
given to the player with the biggest statistical contributions to his
team. He finished third in MVP voting, behind
Karl Malone and Michael
Scottie Pippen with the Bulls , Hill assumed the role of a
"point forward " in Detroit, running the Pistons' offense. As a
result, between the 1995–96 and 1998–99 NBA seasons , Hill was the
league leader in assists per game among non-guards all four seasons.
In the lockout-shortened 1999 season , as he led his team in points,
rebounds and assists for the third time, Hill joined Wilt Chamberlain
Elgin Baylor as the only players in NBA history to lead their
teams in scoring, rebounding and assists more than once. Hill and
Chamberlain are the only two players in league history to lead their
teams in points, rebounds and assists per game three times. Hill was
selected to play in the
1998 FIBA World Championship
1998 FIBA World Championship , but in the end
no NBA players played in this tournament due to the lockout .
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
Detroit received at least some compensation for losing him. The
Pistons traded Hill to Orlando for
Chucky Atkins and
Ben Wallace . The
Magic hoped he would team up with 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 ever since his arrival in Orlando, 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 ). Meanwhile, the Pistons, who had defeated the
Magic in the 2003 Playoffs , but ended up losing to the New Jersey
Nets in the Eastern Conference Finals, won the championship the
following year in 2004 .
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
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
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
Detroit Pistons , in the first round. The Pistons' vast
playoff experience would prevail over the inexperienced Magic, who had
not seen significant post-season action for some years, and despite
having some close games, the series would end with a 4–0 Pistons
sweep, leaving Hill undecided on whether to return for the 2007–08
season with the Magic, sign with another team, or retire.
PHOENIX SUNS (2007–2012)
Hill became an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2007. On July 5
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
Steve Nash . Hill was given permission by Suns Ring of Honor
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
Associated Press reported that Hill decided to
re-sign with the
Phoenix Suns for a 2-year deal, despite an offer from
the New York Knicks for the full mid-level exception and the Boston
Celtics offering Hill the bi-annual exception. The first year of the
contract is believed to be worth around $3 million with the second
year at Hill's option.
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
Hakim Warrick joined the Suns; within
a year they also were traded for three other players. Hill became one
of seven all-time NBA players to average 13 or more points at 38 years
of age or older. On January 15, 2011, Hill passed the 16,000 career
points milestone in a win over the Portland Trail Blazers .
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.
On June 24, 2015, a deal was approved by the NBA Board of Governors
to sell the
Atlanta Hawks franchise to a group led by
Tony Ressler ,
which included Hill, for $850 million.
SPONSORSHIPS AND PAID ENDORSEMENTS
* In the 1990s, one of the soft drink Sprite 's longest-running
advertising campaigns was "
Grant Hill Drinks Sprite" (overlapping its
"Obey Your Thirst" campaign), in which Hill's abilities, and Sprite's
importance in giving him his abilities, were humorously exaggerated.
* Hill was a spokesperson for McDonald\'s restaurant, watchmaker TAG
Heuer and sportswear companies Fila , and later
Adidas and Nike .
* As of 2014, Hill has also appeared in ads for ATborder:solid #aaa
Basketball Association portal
* List of National
Basketball Association career games played
* List of oldest and youngest National
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Devils of All Time".
Bleacher Report . Retrieved March 28, 2016.
Grant Hill announces retirement
* ^ Bloomberg: "NBA Governors Approve $730 Million Hawks Sale to
Ressler’s Group" By Scott Soshnick and Zeke Faux June 24, 2015
* ^ "
Atlanta Hawks Sold to Ares\' Ressler for $850 million, Group
Includes Sara Blakely and Grant Hill".
Atlanta Business Chronicle.
April 24, 2015. Retrieved January 27, 2016.
Atlanta Hawks Selling for $850 Million. The Wall Street
Journal. Ben Cohen. April 22, 2015. accessed February 9, 2016
* ^ "Hill\'s record 1,289,585 votes will go down in all-star
history. (Originated from Knight-Ridder Newspapers)". Knight
Ridder/Tribune News Service. January 26, 1995.
* ^ Beset by injuries in career, Hill considers retirement, updated
April 28, 2007
* ^ Hill to sign with Phoenix after agreeing to two-year deal July
* ^ Aldridge, David. "Loyalty to Suns keeps Hill in Phoenix",
NBA.com, 10 July 2009.
* ^ "SN names the 20 smartest athletes in sports". Sporting News.
September 27, 2010. Archived from the original on May 23, 2013.
* ^ A B "SN names the 20 smartest athletes in sports – MLB".
Sporting News. 2010-09-23. Archived from the original on 2013-05-23.
* ^ Schwartz, Michael (2010-06-08). "
Grant Hill swiftly exercises
option, sends message about keeping team together".
Grant Hill staying with Phoenix Suns
* ^ "CLIPPERS SIGN SEVEN-TIME ALL-STAR GRANT HILL". NBA.com.
2012-07-18. Retrieved 2012-07-18.
Grant Hill retires from NBA basketball
Grant Hill Among New Owners of
* ^ Sprite And It\'s Meaning - Video
* ^ A Better
Basketball Player?, AdvertisementAve.com
* ^ "
Grant Hill in New
AT&T Commercial". Chris Smith
Management / 21 Entertainment Group. Retrieved 21 May 2014.
* ^ "The Fab Five: Hating Duke".
ESPN . 2011-03-10. Archived from
the original on 2011-03-16. Retrieved 2011-03-18.
* ^ Reid, Jason (2011-03-13). "Jalen Rose\'s comments on race in
ESPN documentary are misguided".
The Washington Post
The Washington Post . Retrieved
* ^ Hill, Grant (2011-03-16). "Grant Hill\'s Response to Jalen
The New York Times
The New York Times . Retrieved 2011-03-17.
* ^ Everson, Darren (2011-03-16). "Fab Five Member Responds to
The Wall Street Journal
The Wall Street Journal . Retrieved 2011-03-18.
* ^ "Hill Takes Issue In Fab Five Flap".
MSNBC . 2011-03-16.
* ^ "Hill Takes Issue In Fab Five Flap".
Forbes . 2011-03-16.
Archived from the original on 2011-04-06. Retrieved 2011-03-17.
* ^ Chip Patterson (February 3, 2015). "2015 Final Four: Bill
Grant Hill picked as game analysts". CBS Sports. Retrieved
Grant Hill at Stop MRSA Now!
* ^ Stop MRSA Now!\'s official website
* ^ Eilerson, Nick (June 28, 2013). "
Grant Hill pursues life beyond
basketball Former South Lakes High star reflects back on roots in
Fairfax Times .
* ^ A B C D E Giving Back to the Community at Hill's official
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