Grant Hill

Grant Henry Hill ( born October 5, 1972 in Dallas, Texas ) is a former American professional basketball player. He played from 1994 to 2013 in the U.S. professional league NBA, most recently at the Los Angeles Clippers. Hill has long been considered a " heritage " Michael Jordan and was one of the most popular advertising medium 90. In the years from 2000 to 2006, he sat out much of the seasons because of injuries.


Grant Hill is the son of Calvin Hill, a former NFL running back, and Janet Hill, a diplomat in the Ministry of Defense of the United States. Although born in Dallas (Texas), Hill therefore spent much of his childhood in the vicinity of Washington, DC Among the friends of the Hill family were there, Bill and Hillary Clinton.

Since July 24, 1999 Hill is married to the Canadian R & B singer Tamia. With her ​​he had a daughter, Myla Grace, who was born on 23 January 2002.


In order to protect him from the pressure too high expectations, forbade Calvin Hill his son to play football. Grant therefore opted for basketball, where he soon got the attention of numerous college coaches by his extraordinary talent. Impressed by the trainer personality Mike Hill Krzyzewskis be decided in 1990 to accept the athletic scholarship at Duke University. On the side of Christian Laettner and Bobby Hurley Hill won with Duke the NCAA Championships in 1991 and 1992. After four years of studying political science joined Hill in 1994 in the NBA.

Detroit Pistons (1994-2000)

The Detroit Pistons have chosen an extremely talented applicable Grant Hill in the 1994 NBA Draft in third place. In his first year in the NBA, he scored 19.9 points, 6.4 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 1.77 steals per game and became the first Detroit Pistons rookie since Isiah Thomas, who scored more than 1,000 points in a season. He was also the first rookie to ever All-Star Game was able to record the highest number of votes among all players for themselves the fan voting for the NBA. Along with Jason Kidd of the Dallas Mavericks Hill was awarded at the end of the season as the NBA Rookie of the Year. Thus, both led together the NBA All - Rookie First Team in 1995.

In his second NBA season (1995 /96) he again took the fan voting for the All -Star Game. He was even more votes to chalk up as a super star Michael Jordan, who was again entered the service of the Chicago Bulls after a year off. Grant Hill led the league in this season with 10 triple- doubles and was part of the national basketball team of the United States, which was able to secure the gold medal at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. In the following season, Hill was his average to 21.4 points, 9.0 rebounds, 7.3 assists and 1.8 steals lift per game. He thus became the first player since Larry Bird 1989-1990 who scored over 20 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists in a season-long average. Although his individual performances were outstanding and he finished third in the poll for Most Valuable Player, his team played relatively unsuccessful. In the following two seasons, Hill again led to his team in both points and rebounds and assists in and was so beside Wilt Chamberlain is the only player who managed this feat three seasons in a row.

In the NBA season 1999/2000 Grant Hill showed with 25.8 points per game and a hit rate of 49%, that he might be one of the most dominant points scorer in the NBA really. Only Shaquille O'Neal and Allen Iverson could achieve more points on average than the star of the Detroit Pistons. Despite all the individual performances, it never succeeded Hill to 2000, to reach the second round of the NBA playoffs. After his first six years in the NBA, Grant Hill had 9,393 points, 3,417 rebounds and 2,720 assists in his account. Only Oscar Robertson, Larry Bird, and LeBron James were better in their first six NBA years.

Orlando Magic (2000-2007)

Before the season 2000/ 01 he moved to a so-called sign- and- trade to the Orlando Magic. The Magic were hopeful that Hill harmonize on the field well with their other new signing Tracy McGrady and the Magic would lead to one (or more ) NBA title. However, Hill was monitored continuously from his ankle injury. Between 2000 and 2004, he played only 47 of 328 possible games for the Magic. Only in the 2004/05 season he managed a respectable comeback with 19.7 points on average and a hit rate of almost 51%. The fans thanked him with a further choice to the NBA All-Star Game. In the following season, however, it was plagued by injuries again and he could deny only 21 games in the first half of the season. He underwent surgery to promote the healing process.

In the season 2006/ 07 Hill returned again. He continued to be plagued by injuries, but he could deny 65 games. At the end of the season he came to 14.4 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game. It was also the first year in which Grant Hill was with the Orlando Magic in the playoffs. Their opponents in the first round were Hills old team, which also quickly threw Detroit Pistons, Orlando after four games out of the tournament.

Phoenix Suns (2007-2012)

On 11 July 2007 Hill signed as a free agent a two -year contract with the Phoenix Suns. He was able to quickly adapt to the high tempo of the Suns and finished the season with 13.1 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game. In the second year at the Sun Hill played for the first time in his career in all 82 games with his team, scoring 12.0 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game.

After expiration of the contract he decided, despite numerous offers, among other things, the Boston Celtics and the New York Knicks, for another year in Phoenix. Moreover Hills new contract included a player option for a further year at the Phoenix Suns. 2010 was the year in which the Sun is passing up in the Western Conference semifinals managed the San Antonio Spurs, and thus the first time that Grant Hill was able to bring a playoff series victory behind. The Suns Los Angeles Lakers were beaten. After the 2010 season, Hill has exercised his player option. After the expiration of the contract he extended his contract in Phoenix again for another year.

Los Angeles Clippers (2012-2013)

After his contract expired in the summer of 2012, to Hill decided to leave the Phoenix Suns after 5 years. He justified this with the departure of Steve Nash to the Los Angeles Lakers. Hill received offers from many clubs and eventually joined the Los Angeles Clippers for point guard Chris Paul. Hill started following a new, albeit minor injury, delay to the season. After the end of the season, which ended the Clippers in the first playoff round, Hill announced the end of his active career.


As the first active NBA player ever Grant Hill was appointed on April 20, 2011 in the Board of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The appointment is for a period of three years.

Grant Hill has next to Jason Kidd as so far the only winners being awarded the NBA Sportsmanship Award received several (2005, 2008, 2010 ).