Report: Ex-Piston Grant Hill heading to Hall of Fame

Rod Beard
The Detroit News

Auburn Hills — With Grant Hill, so much of the conversation was what his career could have been if not for the myriad injuries.

What couldn’t be questioned are his accomplishments.

Now, Hill has reached the pinnacle — election to the Hall of Fame.

Hill, selected by the Pistons with the third overall pick in the 1994 draft, will be part of the 2018 Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame class, according to a report by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Hill will be joined by point guards Jason Kidd and Steve Nash, along with former Pistons coach Maurice Cheeks.

Hill was a five-time All-Star with the Pistons and in his 19 seasons, was a seven-time All-Star and was first-team All-NBA in 1997. He also was the co-Rookie of the Year in 1995 after a successful career with a pair of national championships at Duke.

Hill would become the first former Duke player to be elected to the Hall of Fame.

Despite his success, Hill’s career was marred by ankle injuries after a sign-and-trade deal with the Orlando Magic before the 2000-01 season. He played in just four games that season, only 14 in 2001-02 and 29 games in 2002-03 and missed all of the following season.

He helped change the game as a versatile 6-foot-8 forward who could play any of the wing positions.

At age 35, Hill moved to the Phoenix Suns, where he played five seasons, before finishing his career with the Los Angeles Clippers at age 40 in 2013.

In his Pistons career, Hill averaged 21.6 points, 7.9 rebounds and 6.3 assists; his career numbers were 16.7 points, 6 rebounds and 4.1 assists.

Hill currently is a part-owner of the Atlanta Hawks.