Currently, former NBA player Grant Hill, who played for the Detroit Pistons, Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns, and the Los Angeles Clippers during his professional career, hosts the NBA Inside Stuff of NBA TV.
After playing college basketball in Duke, Hill began his professional career in 1994 when he was drafted by the Detroit Pistons with the third pick in the 1994 NBA draft. After nineteen NBA seasons, the renowned basketball player announced his retirement from professional basketball on June 1, 2013.
Brief Bio – Age
Grant was born on 5 October 1972 in Texas as Grant Graham Hill. He is the only child of Calvin and Janet Hill. His father Calvin Hill is a retired NFL pro bowl running back, and his mother is a successful lawyer and consultant.
With a father who was an All-America footballer at Yale and won the Rookie of the Year award in 1969, it is not surprising that Hill grew up with a love of sports. As a child, he played both basketball and football, but his father did not allow him to play football until high school. When Grant Hill entered high school, he had already decided to play basketball.
As a freshman at South Lakes High School, Reston, he was asked to skip junior college and join the school team. Hill lived for basketball all his high school years when he wasn’t playing on the court, he was definitely in front of the TV watching NBA and college games. During his senior years, he averaged thirty points per game.
After high school, this promising player knew that he wanted to take his love and passion for the game one step further. Against his mother’s wish that he attend Georgetown University, and against his father’s wish that he attend the University of North Carolina, he went to Duke University.
At Duke University, he played with the Blue Devils for four years. He won national titles in 1991 and 1992 respectively, making Duke the first Division I program to win this title, in a row since 1973.
In 1993, he won the Henry Iba Corinthian Award for the nation’s best defensive player, and the following year he was named ACC Player of the Year. He was the first player in ACC history to record more than 700 rebounds, 400 assists, 200 steals, 1,900 points, and 100 blocked shots.
As a result of his successful college career, Grant Hill became the eighth player in the history of Duke University whose jersey number (33) was retired. He was part of the team representing the USA and won the bronze medal at the 1991 Pan American Games in Havana, Cuba.
After graduating from Duke University, his professional career began almost immediately when he was voted third by the Detroit Pistons in the first round of the 1994 NBA Draft. Grant Hill signed a $45 million eight-year contract and described his arrival in the NBA as the fulfillment of a dream.
At the end of the first season, he set another record by winning the NBA Rookie of the Year Award, which he shared with Jason Kidd of the Dallas Mavericks. Hill was the first Piston player to win this award after Dave Bing reclaimed it in the 1966-67 season.
He also won the Sporting News Rookie of the Year Award and was named All-All-NBA First Team in 1997 and All-NBA Second Team in 1996, 1998, 1999, and 2000. Hill soon became a regular player in the NBA All-Star Game, and in the 1994-1995 season, he made history as the first rookie to lead an NBA All-Star fan vote of 1,289,585 votes, defeating Shaquille O’Neal.
He stayed with the Detroit Pistons until 2000 when he signed a seven-year $92.8 million contract with Orlando Magic and in exchange for Ben Wallace and Chucky Atkins received the Joe Dumars trophy that is usually presented to the NBA Sportsmanship Award winner.
After the 2007/08 season, Hill Grant became an unrestricted free agent, but that didn’t last long as his agent, Lon Babby, soon signed him to the Phoenix Suns, where he remained until the end of the 2011/12 season. After his contract with the Suns expired, teams like the New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers, Oklahoma City Thunder, Portland Trail Blazers and Miami Heat came to sign him, but Hill chose the Clippers.
During the preseason, he suffered an injury to his right knee that put him out of action for three months. His first game with the Clippers took place in January 2013, in a match against his former team, the Orlando Magic. That season, the Clippers finished 56-26, finishing 4th in the Western Conference and winning the Pacific Division for the first time in the franchise’s history.
After 19 seasons in the NBA, Grant Hill announced his retirement from professional basketball on June 1, 2013, and moved to NBA TV as an analyst.
The retired NBA player is one of the highest-paid basketball players of all time. During his NBA career, which spanned 19 years, he earned a salary of $140 million in addition to his sponsorship contracts, which amounted to approximately $80 million.
Currently, his net worth is an estimated $180 million.
In 2015, Hill and Tony Ressler officially bought the Atlanta Hawks for an estimated sum of between $730 million and $850 million.
Grant Hill’s Wife, Kids, Family
Hill is happily married to the Canadian singer Tamia. The couple married in July 1999, after having been introduced by singer Anita Baker in Detroit, Michigan, a few years earlier.
The couple has two children together, their first daughter Myla Grace Hill was born on 23 January 2002, and their second daughter Lael Rose Hill was born five years later on 9 August 2007.
His Height and Other Body Measurements
The former NBA player and current NBA TV presenter stand at a height of 2.03 m, which is about 1.70 m and weighs 102 kg (225 lb). His other body measurements are unknown.