Arguably one of the most accomplished collegiate and professional basketball players of his generation. Grant Hill was a well-rounded player with a dedication to his team and craft for 19 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Born in Dallas, TX, Grant Hill was the only child of Janet and Calvin Hill, who was an exceptional professional athlete as well. Growing up in the affluent suburbs of Washington D.C., Hill was a natural-born competitor, with strength and resilience he would need to overcome tremendous obstacles throughout this career. During his collegiate days, Hill would spend four years with the Duke University Blue Devils. They became the first Division I program to win consecutive championships (’91 ’92). Immediately, Hill’s leadership and dominance on the court would prove to play a key role in the program’s success. While at Duke, he would earn the Henry Ida Corinthian Award for the nation’s top defensive player (1993), the ACC Player of the Year award (1994). He was the first player in ACC history to collect more than 1,900 points, 400 assists, 200 steals, and 100 blocked shots at such a young age. Hill would graduate from Duke University and be drafted by the Detroit Pistons with the third overall pick in the 1994 NBA Draft. 

His ‘Hail Mary’ style of play would earn him the Rookie of the Year Award (shared with Jason Kidd of the Dallas Mavericks). Hill would be plagued with numerous injuries throughout the remainder of his career with the Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns, and Los Angeles Clippers. He would retire in 2013 with 17,000 career points, 79th in career assists, and 66th in career steals. In 2018, the game he had given his all to acknowledged his dedication and achievements and he was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. In retirement, Hill would find his second calling as a sports commentator and analyst co-hosting NBA Inside Stuff. Hill is also engaged in the celebration and collection of African American art, sponsoring Something All Our Own: The Grant Hill Collection of African American Art. A true champion of the people, Hill has made investments and charitable contributions by giving to education, healthcare, and his community. Hill has encouraged his peers to invest in creative avenues beyond sports and entertainment, providing opportunities for others.

 

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