Grant Hill
American basketball player
Grant Hill
Grant Henry Hill is an American professional basketball player who plays for the Los Angeles Clippers of the NBA. As a collegian with Duke University and early in his professional career 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. His time in the league has been hampered by career-threatening injuries, notably during the prime of his career.
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Mike Krzyzewski: 'I’m Recruiting More And More Intensely Than At Any Other Time In My Career'
Huffington Post - 2 months
With over 1,000 wins to his name, Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski is the winningest coach in NCAA Division I history. He has won five national championships ― most recently in 2015 ― and is both an inductee of the Naismith Memorial and College Basketball Halls of Fame. And, at 69 years old, the West Point graduate is hardly slowing down either. Following a recent knee replacement surgery, this season Coach K has arguably his most talented team yet, with legitimate hopes of capturing a sixth title. Krzyzewski caught up with The Huffington Post to discuss guiding Team USA to three consecutive gold medals, the hardest part about keeping his program small and why recruiting today is more demanding than ever before. This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.  You’ve joined forces with Hit Play, which promotes joint replacement surgery as a way to avoid living in constant pain. Just how bad and how much pain were you in before your hip replacement surgery? I’m ...
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Don't Expect The Warriors' Rocky Stretch To Define Their Year
Huffington Post - 4 months
Draymond Green is the positionless, mercurial All-NBA selection for the Golden State Warriors. And in case you haven’t heard, he isn’t one to mince words. So when he tells reporters that “teams are trying to punk” the Warriors, he means it. But whether or not Green appreciates the fact, there’s a good chance that such treatment will only accelerate the team’s growth. That’s what happens when the NBA’s all-time winningest single-season team goes out and poaches Kevin Durant, creating an embarrassment of riches the rest of the world can only envy. During the Warriors’ 106-100 defeat of Phoenix last week, Suns guard Brandon Knight knocked over Stephen Curry after he made a 3-pointer. It was a blatant foul, but officials didn’t call it as such. Curry retaliated, shoving Knight into the stands and receiving a personal foul. In sports, one year can make all the difference, and the Golden State of today compared to last season is a perfect example. As Jerry West ― w ...
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Inside Obama's Star-Studded Blowout Birthday Bash
ABC News - 7 months
Guests included Ellen DeGeneres, Magic Johnson and Grant Hill.
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'Sense8' Trailer Previews Netflix's Most Mysterious Show Yet
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
Not much is known about "Sense8," Netflix's new series from The Wachowskis ("The Matrix," "Cloud Atlas"), J. Michael Straczynski and Grant Hill. But with a new trailer and photos, we can begin to piece together what may unfold in the 12 episodes available on June 5. Per Netflix, "'Sense8' is a gripping story of eight people from around the world whose lives are suddenly and inexplicably connected in a fight for their own survival." That doesn't reveal much, but in an interview with Buzzfeed News, Straczynski described "Sense8" like this: “It’s a global story told on a planetary scale about human transcendence and what it ultimately means to be human in a contemporary society.” The show will follow eight strangers -- Will (Brian J. Smith), Riley (Tuppence Middleton), Capheus (Aml Ameen), Sun (Bae Doona), Lito (Miguel Angel Silvestre), Kala (Tina Desai), Wolfgang (Max Riemelt) and Nomi (Jamie Clayton) -- living in different parts of the world as they find out that they're connected ...
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Hawks sold to Antony Ressler-Grant Hill group
USA Today - almost 2 years
Ressler, minority owner of Milwaukee Brewers, tried to buy L.A. Clippers a year ago           
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Raftery brings 'Onions!' to Final Four broadcast crew
Yahoo News - almost 2 years
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The voice was always unmistakable to Grant Hill, whether he was watching a game on television or listening over the radio during his formative years in suburban Washington, D.C.
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Kevin Durant's prudent waiting game
ABC News - almost 2 years
While the news that Kevin Durant needs bone graft surgery and won't play basketball is depressing for anyone who cares about pro basketball, it isn't the worst possible development. Durant attempting a heroic court comeback this season to push the Oklahoma City Thunder into the playoffs could have been a short-term inspiring story with hazardous long-term implications for both his feet and his footsteps. Yeah, that would be much worse. It's another sign that the league is swinging from the legend of Michael Jordan to the lessons of Grant Hill. It's been a process four decades in the making, from the glorification of Willis Reed limping out of the tunnel for Game 7 to the appreciation for the way managed minutes and strategic sit-outs enabled Tim Duncan??to be in position to win another championship at age 38. Maybe it's accelerated recently, if you compare the angst for Derrick Rose to come back in the 2013 playoffs to the...
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Raftery, Grant Hill to call Final Four in place of Anthony
Yahoo News - about 2 years
NEW YORK (AP) — Bill Raftery called the regional final when Grant Hill led Duke to the 1994 Final Four. The All-American couldn't help but greet him with one of the announcer's signature phrases — simply because it's fun to say "with a kiss" even when no bank shot is involved.
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Hometown hero Jabari Parker lands monster Grant Hill-esque dunk
USA Today - over 3 years
Alley-oop dunk in signature Duke form.
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Hill believes Rose will return to elite level
Chicago Times - over 3 years
Multiple NBA All-Star who suffered severe ankle injury admires long-term approach Bulls guard took in rehab Grant Hill kept emphasizing two points. He didn't want to speak for Derrick Rose. And he doesn't consider himself an expert on comebacks.     
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Grant Hill 'fired up' for 'Inside Stuff' debut
USA Today - over 3 years
NBA Inside Stuff returns after eight years with Grant Hill as the host
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Grant Hill will host TV's NBA Inside Stuff
USA Today - over 3 years
The original show ran from 1990 to 2005, and Hill had been on a few times
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Tim Koechlin: The NBA All Same-Last-Name-as-a-U.S.-President Team
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
On long drives, I sometimes amuse myself by creating off-beat all-star teams. Here is an example: the best NBA players (and coaches) who have the same last name as a U.S. President. My mother once said (in jest, I think): "If you'd put that mind to good use, you could do great things." This all-star team is the sort of thing that might have provoked that comment. If only American had been ready for a Barbara Jordan presidency in 1976! The All Same-Last-Name-as-a-U.S.-President Team (NBA) Coaches: Phil Jackson, Avery Johnson, Chris Ford Teams 1-5 Magic Johnson Earl Monroe Elvin Hayes Paul Pierce Gus Johnson Kevin Johnson Dennis Johnson Al Jefferson Vince Carter Marques Johnson Norm Nixon Joe Johnson Alvin Adams Larry Johnson Eddie Johnson Mark Jackson Ricky Pierce Steve Johnson Horace Grant Richard Jefferson Phil Ford Eddie Johnson Kermit Washington Mickey Johnson Jimmy Jackson Hoping for a 10 day contract: Brian Taylor ...
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1990 Things From The 90s (Seriously)
Huffington Post - over 3 years
It's been more than a decade since the 1990s ended, yet the Internet can't seem to go a day without a reminder of the neon slap bracelets that may have been banned from your school. Yes, we get it. Times are tough and there's comfort in reflection, but enough is enough. Below, a final goodbye to the 90s to end the nostalgia once and for all. (We're not kidding. There are 1990 items below.) 1. Scrunchies 2. "The Wild Thornberries" 3. Dawson and Joey 4. "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys" 5. Mr. Feeny 7. MTV playing music videos 8. Snick 9. The premiere of "Freaks and Geeks" 10. Levar Burton 11. "Daria" 12. "Arthur" 13. "The Powerpuff Girls" 14. "Smart Guy" 15. Comedy Central globe logo with buildings 16. "The X-Files" 17. Rosie O'Donnell 18. Bill Nye 19. "Dawson's Creek" 20. The Mighty Ducks" 21. "Are You Afraid of the Dark" 22. Cornholio 23. Rachel Green 24. Tim Allen 25. "All That" 26. "Beverl ...
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Suzan McDowell: Heat vs. Spurs: Who Cares?
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
If I'm honest, I'll admit I don't really care that much about sports. As a fiercely competitive alpha female, I probably should. So today, in Miami, known as the bandwagon fan capital of the sporting universe, you can add one more fair weather fan who's mainly in it for the bright lights and cocktails. Every year when we get to the NBA Finals, if the HEAT is in the mix, I get caught up in the excitement most of my friends have been feeding on since the regular season started. I invite myself to HEAT watch parties, when all I really want is to watch my friends watch the game while I sip on a vodka cran, eat cheese and pet the dog. Then all of sudden, I get caught in "it" and I find myself hashtagging #goheat, keeping track of final scores and trying to have intelligent conversations about how LeBron is not the next Jordan or Magic; he's both put together because he can score, pass and defend! Or how smart do I sound when I compliment Wade's lock down perimeter defens ...
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Grant Hill supports wife Tamia at NYC concert
Yahoo News - over 3 years
NEW YORK (AP) — A week after he retired from the NBA, Grant Hill celebrated with his wife as she performed for a feverish crowd in New York City on Saturday night.
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Kidd Walking Away
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
NEW YORK (AP) — Jason Kidd became one of the best by making others better. He turned around a longtime-losing franchise, guided another to a championship, and helped his last one to its first division title since the year he came into the NBA 19 years ago. Teammates loved him. The U.S. national team needed him. But he looked more burned out than brilliant in the final weeks of the season, and on Monday he decided to end one of the greatest careers for a point guard in league history. "My time in professional basketball has been an incredible journey, but one that must come to an end after 19 years," Kidd said in a statement released by the New York Knicks. "As I reflect on my time with the four teams I represented in the NBA, I look back fondly at every season and thank each and every one of my teammates and coaches that joined me on the court." Kidd won an NBA title and two Olympic gold medals, is ...
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J-Kidd Announces Retirement
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
Jason Kidd has retired from the NBA after 19 seasons, the New York Knicks announced on Monday. “My time in professional basketball has been an incredible journey, but one that must come to an end after 19 years,” Kidd said, per Sports Illustrated. “As I reflect on my time with the four teams I represented in the NBA, I look back fondly at every season and thank each every one of my teammates and coaches that joined me on the court.” Kidd played with the Mavericks, Suns, Nets, and Knicks during a standout career. He won Rookie of the Year for the 1994-95 season and was a 10-time All-Star. MORE FROM THE ASSOCIATED PRESS: NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Knicks say Jason Kidd has decided to retire from the NBA after 19 seasons. Kidd is one of the greatest point guards in league history but struggled in the playoffs shortly after turning 40. He had two years left on the deal he signed last summer. Kidd won an NBA title and two Olympic gold medals and is second on th ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Grant Hill
  • 2015
    Age 42
    Hill and Tony Ressler officially purchased the Atlanta Hawks on June 24, 2015 for estimated estimated $730 million – $850 million.
    More Details Hide Details When the time came to choose a college, Hill's mother told the Fox Sports documentary Beyond the Glory, that she wanted him to attend Georgetown, while his father preferred the University of North Carolina.
  • 2013
    Age 40
    On June 1, 2013, Hill announced his retirement from professional basketball after 19 seasons in the NBA.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
    On June 1, 2013, after 19 years in the league, Hill announced his retirement from the NBA.
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    He then made his debut with the Clippers on January 12, 2013 against the Orlando Magic.
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  • 2012
    Age 39
    During the 2012–13 season, he played only 29 games, averaging 3.2 ppg and 1.7 rpg in 15.1 mpg.
    More Details Hide Details 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 July 18, 2012, Hill signed a contract with the Clippers.
    More Details Hide Details Hill suffered a bruised bone in his right knee in the preseason which kept him out for three months.
  • 2011
    Age 38
    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).
    More Details Hide Details 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 December 9, 2011, Hill decided to stay with the Phoenix Suns for one year, accepting a $6.5 million contract.
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    On January 15, 2011, Hill passed the 16,000 career points milestone in a win over the Portland Trail Blazers.
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  • 2010
    Age 37
    On June 8 Hill exercised his option for the 2010–11 season.
    More Details Hide Details The Suns underwent two major roster changes in 2010–11. During the pre-season teammate Amar'e Stoudemire left for New York while Hedo Türkoğlu, 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.
    In 2010, he was chosen as the tenth-smartest athlete in sports by Sporting News.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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).
  • 2009
    Age 36
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The first year of the contract is believed to be worth around $3 million with the second year at Hill's option.
  • 2008
    Age 35
    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. ppg, 4.90 rpg, and 2.3 apg, scoring 27 points and 10 rebounds in the Suns' season finale.
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    He played in the team's first 34 games before an emergency appendectomy on January 9, 2008, sidelined him for two weeks.
    More Details Hide Details Despite being bothered by multiple injuries throughout the season, Hill had his first 70-game season since leaving Detroit, averaging 13.1 ppg, 5. rpg and 2.9 apg in the process.
  • 2007
    Age 34
    On August 9, 2007, Tamia gave birth to their second daughter, Lael Rose Hill.
    More Details Hide Details In 2003, Hill contracted a life-threatening methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection, from which it took him six months to recover. He has since become an advocate for the awareness and prevention of MRSA and has appeared in public service announcements for Stop MRSA Now!, a non-profit organization. Grant Hill earned his bachelor's degree from Duke University with a double major in history and political science.
    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.
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    Hill earned $1.83 million for 2007–08 with a $1.97 million player option for the next year.
    More Details Hide Details 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 became an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2007.
    More Details Hide Details 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).
  • 2006
    Age 33
    In the 2006–07 season Hill returned from injuries despite numerous rumors surrounding his retirement.
    More Details Hide Details 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 team, the 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.
  • 2005
    Age 32
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
  • 2004
    Age 31
    He was named the Eastern Conference player of the week for the week between November 15–21, 2004.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
    The 2004–05 season saw a return to the "old" Grant Hill, who was so popular earlier in his career.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
  • 2003
    Age 30
    In March 2003, Hill underwent a major surgical procedure in which doctors re-fractured his ankle and realigned it with his leg bone.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
    Meanwhile, the Pistons, who had defeated the Magic in the 2003 Playoffs, but ended up losing to the New Jersey Nets in Eastern Conference Finals, won the championship the following year in 2004.
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  • 2000
    Age 27
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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).
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
    On April 15, 2000, 7 days before the start of the playoffs, Hill sprained his left ankle in a game against the Philadelphia 76ers.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
  • 1999
    Age 26
    In Detroit, Michigan, he was introduced to Canadian singer Tamia by Anita Baker. Hill and Tamia married on July 24, 1999.
    More Details Hide Details Their daughter, Myla Grace Hill, was born on January 23, 2002.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
  • 1998
    Age 25
    Hill was selected to play in the 1998 FIBA World Championship, but in the end no NBA players played in this tournament due to the lockout.
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  • 1996
    Age 23
    In 1996–97 season, Hill averaged 21.4 points, 9. rebounds, 7.3 assists and 1.8 steals per game.
    More Details Hide Details 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 has not been duplicated since. 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 Jordan. Much like 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 and 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.
    He also won a gold medal at the 1996 Summer Olympics in 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).
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  • 1995
    Age 22
    During the 1995–96 season, Hill showcased his all-round abilities by leading the NBA in triple-doubles (10).
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  • 1994
    Age 21
    Grant Hill was drafted by the Detroit Pistons with the third pick in the NBA draft after graduating from Duke in 1994.
    More Details Hide Details In his first season, he averaged 19.9 points, 6.4 rebounds, 5. 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.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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 NCAA history. 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.
  • 1992
    Age 19
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
  • 1991
    Age 18
    After his freshman season at Duke, Hill played on the bronze medal-winning U.S. team at the 1991 Pan American Games, held in Havana, Cuba.
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    Hill decided to attend Duke University, playing four years with the Blue Devils, winning national titles in 1991 and 1992.
    More Details Hide Details Duke became the first Division I program to win consecutive titles since UCLA in 1973. Despite losing two of the biggest contributors on the Blue Devils, 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 the 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.
  • 1972
    Born on October 5, 1972.
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