Grant Hill retires from the NBA
Grant Hill who at one point was supposed to be the next coming of Michael Jordan, has decided to hang it up after 19 seasons in the NBA. Hill as a bench player for the Los Angeles Clippers didn’t see much time this season. At age 40, Hill was at the end of the line and hinted at retiring this summer several times.
Grant Hill came out of Duke with high expectations. Hill won Rookie of the Year along with Jason Kidd and appeared to be on track for a fantastic career. Then ankle injures hit the former Duke star and he was never the same player. Somehow Hill hung on and played for four teams over 19 NBA seasons.
Right before Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat, Hill made the announcement that he is retiring.
“I’m glad to say I’m done,” Hill said. “I’m officially retired, moving on from playing. I had a great run. I’m announcing it now. … I’ve been hinting at it the last few years. You get to a point where you just don’t want to do it anymore but I’ve enjoyed it. I’ve loved it.”
“The entire Clippers organization wants to congratulate Grant on an incredible career,” Clippers vice president of basketball operations Gary Sacks said. “For 19 years, Grant has always been the embodiment of class, a true professional and not only one of the best players — but one of the finest individuals I have been around. We were fortunate to have Grant with us last season, and we wish him all the best in his next endeavor.”
Hill finishes his career with averages of 16.7 points, 6.0 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 1.2 steals in 33.9 minutes per game. Hill played in 1,026 total NBA games (972 starts) and connected on 48.3 percent of his field goals, 31.4 percent from behind the 3-point line and 76 percent of his free throws over his career.