Ex-Pistons great Grant Hill can't attend 2019 Michigan Sports Hall of Fame ceremony

Tony Paul
The Detroit News
Former Pistons All-Star Grant Hill is part of the 10-person Michigan Sports Hall of Fame class for 2019.

Detroit — Arguably the biggest name in the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame's Class of 2019, Grant Hill won't be part of the Class of 2019, after all.

Hill, the former Detroit Pistons great, is unable to attend the induction ceremony on Oct. 5, so he will be enshrined with the Class of 2020.

This is the second notable absence in four years for the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame, which had to induct Yankees great and Kalamazoo native Derek Jeter in 2016 after plane troubles caused him to miss the 2015 ceremony.

Still, the show will go on for the induction ceremony at MotorCity Casino, with the inductees including longtime Michigan sportswriters Harry Atkins and Mike O'Hara, the later formerly of The Detroit News; former Farmington Hills Mercy and University of Michigan basketball standout Diane Dietz; former Clarkston boys basketball coach Dan Fife; Red Wings legend Vladimir Konstantinov; former Flint, Michigan State and NBA star Morris Peterson; Olympic gold-medalist swimmer Allison Schmitt; executive Tom Wilson; and Michigan Heisman Trophy winner and NFL star Charles Woodson.

Hill, 46, played for the Pistons from 1994-2000, after Detroit selected him third overall in the 1994 NBA Draft out of Duke.

Hill had a legendary first six seasons with the Pistons, putting up 9,393 points, 3,417 rebounds and 2,720 assists. Ankle injuries plagued the latter part of his Detroit career, and after the 1999-2000 season, he was part of a sign-and-trade that shipped Hill to Orlando for Ben Wallace and Chucky Atkins. Hill played with Orlando until 2007, then with Phoenix until 2012, and then spent one season with the Los Angeles Clippers.

Hill was a seven-time All-Star, including five times with the Pistons. He was co-rookie of the year in 1995, and also won gold at the 1996 Olympics while with the Pistons.

He's now an analyst for NBA TV, and a member of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.

Tickets for the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame induction, which includes a silent auction, remain available, starting at $25. They are available at mshof.org.


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