Grant Henry Hill is an American former professional basketball player currently serving as a vice chair of the Board of the Atlanta Hawks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Hill published an autobiography titled ‘Game‘ on June 7, 2022.
Basketball is a team game that has gained immense popularity and is considered one of the major professional sports. It is a sport where only people who work hard shine, and one of those players happens to be Grant Hill.
He is a gifted all-rounder player who showcased his exceptional performance in 19 seasons of the NBA. His overall contribution to the game is continuously acknowledged.
He played for various teams during his professional NBA career, including Detroit Pistons, Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns, and the Los Angeles Clippers.
Besides, Grant Hill has hosted NBA Inside Stuff on NBA TV and worked as a CBS sports broadcaster.
Before diving into his life events, here are some interesting quick facts.
Grant Hill | Quick Facts
|Full name||Grant Henry Hill|
|Birthdate||October 5, 1972|
|Age||51 Years Old|
|Father’s name||Calvin Hill|
|Mother’s name||Janet Hill|
|High School||South Lakes High School|
|Children’s Name||Myla Grace Hill
Lael Rose Hill
|Weight||102 kg/225 lb.|
|Height||6’7″/2.03 m/203 cm|
|Wingspan||7’5″/2.26 m/226 cm|
|Eye Color||Dark Brown|
|Beard or Mustache||Both|
|League||National Basketball Association (NBA)|
|Played for||Detroit Pistons
Los Angeles Clippers
|Drafted Year||1994 Round: 1 Pick: 3rd Overall|
|Current Profession||Analyst for NBA TV|
|Net Worth||$250 Million|
|Social Media||Twitter, Instagram|
|Merch||Trading Cards, Jersey, Shoes|
|Last Update||November 2023|
Grant Hill | Early Life, Childhood, & Education
The NBA player Grant was born in Dallas, Texas, on the 5th of October in 1972. He was born to a football player at Yale University, Calvin Hill and Janet Hill.
His mother was a successful attorney and consultant, and Grant was the only child of his parents. So, we can assume that Hill grew up amidst wealth and privilege.
Later, when Calvin was traded to the Redskins, the family relocated to Washington, D.C. There, Hill grew up in Reston, Virginia, an upper-middle-class suburb.
The Hill house was a frequent destination for several well-known athletes, entertainers, and politicians.
Despite all the wealth and fame of his parents, Hill was never comfortable with his privileges.
He never wanted to portray that he was better than his friends and wanted to be down-to-earth and make an identity for himself.
When Hill fell ill in school, he preferred to be treated normally rather than extra attention.
Similarly, his parents had kept him under strict rules at home, such as no phone calls until the weekend and only one call a day.
For his high school education, Grant studied at South Lakes High School. After completing high school, his parents had different opinions about his college.
His mother told Fox Sports that she wanted him to attend Georgetown University. However, his father hoped he would attend the University of North Carolina. Later, Hill decided to enroll at Duke University.
Grant Hill | College Basketball Career
During his days at university, Hill played four years with the Duke Blue Devils. His team was able to win national titles consecutively in the years 1991 and 1992. They became the first Division I program to win the title consecutively since UCLA in 1966 and 1973.
In 1994, Hill led the team to the championship game. However, they lost to Arkansas Razorbacks.
During his collegiate days, Hill won various awards, such as the Henry Iba Corinthian Award as the Nation’s Top Defensive Player in 1993, and he was also named the ACC Player of the Year in 1994.
He became the first player in ACC history to collect more than 1,900 points, 700 rebounds, 400 assists, 200 steals, and 100 blocked shots.
After having a successful college career, he had his jersey #33 retired and became the eighth player in Duke history to achieve the feat.
After completing his first year, he contributed to the bronze medal-winning U.S. team at the 1991 Pan American Games.
One of the major roles he is known for is in the ‘Hail Mary’ play in the NCAA tournament in a regional final against Kentucky in 1992; the game was and is still considered one of the greatest basketball games of all time.
The people who came across Hill touted him as one of the best players in Duke history and one of the greatest college basketball players.
Grant Hill | NBA & Team USA
Hill started his NBA career with Detroit Piston, later played for various other teams, and contributed to their success.
NBA Debut With Detroit Pistons
Grant Hill graduated from Duke in 1994 and was drafted by the Detroit Pistons as the third pick in the 1994 NBA Draft. He played as the small forward for the Pistons.
Hill’s way of playing earned him the Sporting News Rookie of the Year award. Similarly, he was named All-NBA First Team in 1997 and All-NBA Second Teams in 1996, 1998, 1999, and 2000.
He played in the NBA All-Star Game and made history in 1994-1995, marking the first rookie to lead an NBA All-Star fan voting with 1,289,585 votes defeating Shaquille O’Neal.
Hill was also the first rookie in four major professional sports leagues to lead All-star fan voting.
In a game at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, he had the team’s fifth-highest scoring average of 9.7 points and recorded 18 steals. This contribution led him to earn a gold medal as a member of the U.S. men’s basketball team.
Hill recorded the highest number of triple-doubles with his 10 triple-doubles, comprising 35% of the league’s triple-double in that season.
In January 2017, he was named the Player of the Month and was honored with the NBA’s IBM Award, which was given to the player with the biggest statistical contributions to his team.
Hill played as a point forward for Detroit, leading the Piston’s offense.
Despite all the contributions and scored points by Hill, the Pistons could not make it far in the playoffs.
Before starting the 2000 playoffs, while playing against the Philadelphia 76ers, Hill had sprained his left ankle in the game. He played until the first round in the playoff series against the Miami Heat despite the pain.
However, the pain was unbearable and got worse, forcing him to leave halfway through game 2.
For the Pistons, he amassed a total of 9,393 points, 3,417 rebounds, and 2,720 assists over six seasons.
Trade To Orlando Magic And Injury
Since Grant Hill was an unrestricted free agent, he planned to sign with the Orlando Magic.
The Magic sign-and-trade deal allowed him to receive a slightly more profitable contract, whereas his previous team Detroit received some compensation for losing him.
In 2003, he underwent a major surgical procedure where the doctor realigned his ankle on his leg bone.
However, five days after the surgery, he suffered from a 104.5 F fever and convulsions, due to which he was rushed to the hospital.
Later, he was hospitalized for a week and had to take intravenous antibiotics for six months.
In the 2004-2005 seasons, Hill started and played 67 games for Orlando Magic, despite his bruised left shin.
For the 2004 season, he was named the Eastern Player of the week for November 15-21. In total, Hill averaged 19.7 points per game on a .509 field goal percentage.
Hill was again voted as an All-Star starter and led the Eastern Conference All-Star Team to a victory over the West. Similarly, Grant Hill was honored with the Joe Dumars Trophy presented to the NBA Sportsmanship Award Winner.
At the start of the 2005-06 season, Hill was continuously sidelined due to his nagging groin injuries, limiting him to just 21 games.
Later, Hill suffered from a sports hernia caused by uneven pressure on his feet while running.
He underwent surgery for the hernia and stated that he would consider retirement if he were to undergo another surgery.
Finally, he returned to the game for the 2006-2007 season despite his retirement rumors.
After returning to the team, he played as a shooting guard. Despite having issues with his left knee, he managed to play over 65 games.
Move To Phoenix Suns As An Unrestricted Free Agent
In 2007, Grant Hill became an unrestricted free agent and later, on 5th July, addressed that he intended to sign with Phoenix Suns.
For the 2007-08 season, he earned $1.83 million with a $1.97 million player option for the following year.
Along with Steve Nash, Hill was named captain of the team. In 2009, Hill re-signed a 2-year deal with the Phoenix Suns despite getting a great offer from the New York Knicks and the Boston Celtics. It is believed that Hill’s first-year contract was worth around $3 million.
In 2010, the Phoenix Suns advanced to the Western Conference semifinals, which marked Hill’s first playoff series victory.
This playoff series marked him as the first NBA player to win his first playoff series after 15 years in the league. Similarly, Sporting News named him the tenth-smartest athlete in sports.
At the end of the 2011-12 season, Hill had 17,000 career points.
Los Angeles Clippers And Retirement
After Grant Hill’s contract with the Suns expired, he was pursued by various contenders such as Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, Oklahoma City Thunder, and Portland Trail Blazers.
However, he signed a contract with the Los Angeles Clippers.
He again caught an injury as he bruised a bone in his right knee during the preseason, due to which he was unable to participate in any game for 3 months.
Finally, in January 2013, he debuted as a Clippers member in a game against his former team, Orlando Magic. He played 29 games for the Clippers, averaging 3.2 PPG and 1.7 RPG in 15.1 MPG.
After playing for 19 seasons, Hill announced his retirement on 1st June 2013.
Acknowledging his achievements and honors, he was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame on 7th September 2018.
Leading U.S. Team After Tokyo 2020 Olympics
As a player, Grant led the U.S. men’s national basketball team to a win at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics. He was also selected for the 2000 Sydney Olympics but could not compete due to an ankle injury.
The former basketball player, who is also the co-owner and vice chairman of the Atlanta Hawks, decided to take on new responsibility.
Hill took Jerry Colangelo’s place as the managing director of the USA Basketball team after the 2020 Tokyo Games.
Colangelo is a well-known businessman who formerly owned the Phoenix Suns of the NBA, the Phoenix Mercury of the WNBA, the Arizona Diamondbacks of MLB, etc.
Besides that, the former NBA player was very excited to take on new responsibility. In an interview, he explained his reason behind accepting the job,
“Another opportunity to represent your country, to serve your country in this capacity, that was the reason for me.”
- Seven-time NBA All-Star from 1995 to 1998 and in 2000, 2001, and 2005
- Made it to the 1997 All-NBA First Team
- Four-time All-NBA Second Team in 1996 and from 1998 to 2000
- NBA Co-Rookie of the Year in 1995
- Named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team in 1995
- Three-time NBA Sportsmanship Award in 2005, 2008, and 2010
- 1997 IBM Award
- Two-time NCAA champion in 1991 and 1992
Grant Hill | Post Retirement Career
After his retirement in 2013, Grant Hill became a host of the NBA Inside Stuff on NBA TV. He also worked as a sports broadcaster at CBS.
Hill’s hosting abilities earned him a position in the lead announcing team for CBS and Turner Sports’ joint coverage of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.
Grant Hill | Charitable Activities
Despite achieving fame and popularity, Hill has been a humble human throughout. He has conducted and participated in various charity activities.
Along with his mother, Janet Hill, and his grandmother Vivian McDonald, he established a scholarship at Dillard University in New Orleans in memory of his grandfather.
Similarly, he was featured on a poster, “Read’ which supported libraries, literacy, and encouraged reading.
Hill is also associated with a daycare center, which focuses on helping children and families in the local community. The daycare center was established by his father in New Haven, Connecticut, by donating funds.
He continuously contribute to an organization in his hometown, Virginia, which helps needy students of any age to pursue education by providing funds.
Grant Hill & His Wife
Grant is happily married to a Canadian singer and songwriter, Tamia Marilyn Washington Hill. Hill was introduced to the singer by his friend Anita Baker in Detroit, Michigan.
The pair got married on 24th July 1999, promising a life full of love and success, and creating a beautiful home together.
The couple was blessed with two beautiful daughters. Their first daughter, Myla Grace, was born in 2002, followed by their second, Lael Rose, five years later.
Grant Hill And Tamia Celebrated 20 Years of Marriage In The Bahamas!
The ever-loving couple Grant and Tamia has maintained a 24-year marriage, and everyone can see their sweeping love for each other.
To celebrate their 20 years of long love, the couple went to the Bahamas with their daughters Myla and Lael for a family vacation.
The family seemed full of joy and smiles, soaked in the beauty of Highborn Cay, far away from their monotonous lifestyle.
The couple seemed at peace with the crystal blue waters surrounding the Oceanside swing.
Grant Hill | Net Worth, Career Earnings, & Assets
Hill was one of the highest-paid basketball players who is now retired. It is reported that most of his earnings are from his salary alone.
Over the course of his 20 years in the league, he garnered around $141 million from salary alone. Similarly, it is believed he gained another $120 million from endorsements.
As of 2023, he has an estimated net worth of $250 million.
Similarly, Hill owns a $13 million mansion in Windermere, Florida, consisting of seven bathrooms, six full bedrooms, a library, a swimming pool, and two guest suites.
Grant Hill | Social Media Presence
Grant Hill is active on social media platforms like Twitter and Instagram. Likewise, he has a roaring amount of followers, and one can follow him to know about his lifestyle and events on social media.
You can find him on Instagram under the username @realgranthill and on Twitter as @realgranthill33.
Instagram: 342k followers
Twitter: 379.1k followers
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— grant hill (@realgranthill33) November 18, 2022
Grant Hill | FAQs
Where is Grant Hill today?
Hill announced his retirement in the 2013 season and started working as the co-host of NBA Inside Stuff and, at present, is the co-owner and executive of Atlantic Hills of NBA.
Is Grant Hill still married to Tamia?
The former NBA player, Grant Hill, is still married to Canadian singer Tamia. They have been together since 1999 and are even blessed with two beautiful daughters.