Grant Hill retires after 19 seasons

Set Text Size SmallSet Text Size MediumSet Text Size LargeSet Text Size X-Large
Updated: 6/01/2013 8:41 pm

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Longtime NBA forward Grant Hill announced his retirement Saturday after a 19-year career in which he was named an All- Star seven times.

Hill, who also shared the league's Rookie of the Year Award with Jason Kidd for the 1994-95 season, averaged double-figure points in every season but this past one, when the 40-year-old contributed 3.2 points per game over 29 contests with the Los Angeles Clippers.

The former Duke great broke into the league with Detroit as the third overall selection in the 1994 draft and averaged 21.6 points, 7.9 rebounds and 6.3 assists over six stellar seasons with the Pistons. Hill then joined the Orlando Magic in a sign-and-trade prior to the 2000-01 campaign, but played in only four games that season due to a chronic ankle injury that affected him for a significant portion of his career.

During his seven seasons with the Magic, Hill participated in more than 29 games just twice over that span and was forced to sit out the entire 2003-04 schedule after undergoing major ankle surgery.

Hill did enjoy better health after signing with the Phoenix Suns in 2007, playing in a total of 313 games while averaging 12.4 points during a four-year stretch. He spent five seasons total with the Suns before joining the Clippers as a free agent, but missed the first three months of 2012-13 after suffering a bone bruise in his right knee during the preseason.

For his career, Hill averaged 16.7 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.1 assists over a combined 1,026 games. He was named to the All-NBA team five times and won the league's Sportsmanship Award on three occasions, the most of any player since the honor was instituted in 1995.

"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 also won a pair of NCAA national championships while at Duke and was part of the United States' gold medal-winning squad at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

Latest Sports Photos
Latest Sports Photos
0 Votes
a skydiver was injured when attempting to land in a pre game show at the Lookouts opening game on 4/3/2014

0 Votes
SEC Champions Alabama created by artist Ben Teeter S/N C.O.A. available for the dedicated Alabama fan!

1 Vote
first catch of the season looks like a good year

0 Votes
Gina McLeroy Spring City, TN

0 Votes
Our Son Brandon McLeroy MTSU Football 2011 Gina McLeroy Spring City TN

1 Vote
this is James Howard telling Gracie what to do.

0 Votes
Riverbend fun!

0 Votes
I nees a four letter word for the outside layer of a tree.

0 Votes
Cameron is a rising athlete. He has a God given talent for the game of football. This picture is of him stopping the ball carrier in our game in the ...

1 Vote
Our Lookout Valley 9/10 year old team went to a tournament in Knoxville called The Battle of the Rocky Top. They went throught the tournament undefeated and won the championship ...
Featured Partners
Experience Baylor summer camp - a 70 year tradition of summer fun and adventure. What are you waiting for? Make the most of summer by signing up today!
Get started at $79.99 a month for 12 months. Plus, get a $75 VISA® Prepaid card.
Register now for St. Nicholas summer camp whose mission & purpose is to provide a fun learning experience for children, developing physical, cultural, social and intellectual abilities.
Click here to enter for your chance to win a Bojangles Breakfast Combo. Then, watch WDEF News 12 This Morning for daily winner announcements!
Supermarket Guru
From The Archives
Scenic City Roots
Through Irish Eyes
Brand News
Prime Mashup
What's Trending
Stay Connected with WDEF News 12
Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.