Posted June 01, 2013

Clippers’ Grant Hill announces retirement

Ben Golliver, Detroit Pistons, Grant Hill, Los Angeles Clippers, Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns
Grant Hill (left) has announced his retirement. (Nathaniel S. Butler/Getty Images)

Grant Hill (left) shared the 1995 Rookie of the Year award with Jason Kidd. (Nathaniel S. Butler/Getty Images)

Seven-time NBA All-Star Grant Hill announced his retirement Saturday.

“I’m glad to say, I’m done,” Hill said. “I’m officially retired. Moving on from playing. I had a great run. I’m announcing it now.”

Hill, who signed a two-year, $4 million contract with the Clippers last summer, made the announcement on TNT in advance of Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals between the Heat and Pacers.

“I’ve been hinting at it the last few years, you get to a point where you just don’t want to do it any more,” Hill said. “But I’ve enjoyed it, I’ve loved it.”

The Clippers confirmed Hill’s decision in a press release Saturday.

“The entire Clippers organization wants to congratulate Grant on an incredible career,” Clippers VP of basketball operations Gary Sacks said in a statement. “For 19 years, Grant has always been the embodiment of class, a true professional and not only one of the best players – but one of the finest individuals I have been around. We were fortunate to have Grant with us last season, and we wish him all the best in his next endeavor.”

Selected with the No. 3 pick in the 1994 NBA draft after winning two national championships at Duke, Hill enjoyed a 19-year career with the Pistons, Magic, Suns and Clippers, despite losing the entire 2003-04 season and major portions of four other seasons to ankle injuries.

The 1995 co-Rookie of the Year retires with career averages of 16.7 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.1 assists. Hill was selected to the All-NBA first or second team for five straight years from 1995-96 to 1999-2000, he won a gold medal with USA Basketball at the 1996 Olympics, and won the NBA’s sportsmanship award on three occasions.

Hill, 40, was the NBA’s oldest player during the 2012-13 season, averaging 3.2 points and 1.7 rebounds in 29 appearances for the Clippers. He leaves the NBA having earned more than $143 million in contracts over his career.

9 comments
ChandlerTWilson1
ChandlerTWilson1

Him and Penny..Man what could have been without injuries. 

m.guszak
m.guszak

Sorry, but this is one of those stories where you say "I thought he retired ten years ago." Great college player for sure, but his NBA career was one of unfulfilled expectations.

pcwhite2
pcwhite2

First ballot HOFer, given his collegiate career and NBA play before injuries set in.  Being a great guy certainly helps.

JeffBockert
JeffBockert

Classy guy who played at a high level for a long period of time.

Scottakruh
Scottakruh

Went to my high school..a little after me..and i played a couple of times with him...very nice guy and a heck of a player..too bad about the injuries

seant
seant

@m.guszakone of 17 players in NBA history w/ 17,000 points, 6,000 rebounds and 4,000 assists. yeah, he pretty much sucked.

fry305
fry305

I guess for somebody who doesn't watch basketball, yes. Fans of the sport know he was averaging double figure points and starting as recently as two years ago

Batgao
Batgao

Hill is great and should have been one of the best but i think Injuries just killed his chance of First ballot HOFer..