Grant Hill Retires...Hall of Famer?


Mar 6, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers small forward Grant Hill (33) during the game against the Milwaukee Bucks at the Staples Center. Clippers won 117-101. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Grant Hill announced his retirement today on TNT with his “contemporaries” Charles BarkleyKenny Smith, and Shaquille O’nealTrisity Miller wrote a great article on Grant’s retirement which can be seen here:

Here is what the media says about if Grant Hill deserves to be a Hall of Famer:

J.A Adande Yes. Even though injuries rerouted the course of his pro career, he nearly maxed out his college career by winning two championships at Duke and reaching a third Final Four. In the NBA he finished in the top 10 of MVP voting five times. He’s also in the top 10 in all-time triple-doubles, even though he hasn’t had one since 1998. That just shows you how good the pre-injury part of his career was.

Mark Haubner, The Painted Area: Yes, based on precedent. Remember that college counts, and Hill’s résumé is quite similar to Hall of Famer David Thompson’s: great college player who had six exceptional pro seasons. Plus, Hill’s post-injury run has given him more longevity. If there were an NBA-only Hall of Fame, as there should be, I’d lean against Hill’s candidacy, due to his unfortunate career-derailing injuries.

Steve McPherson, A Wolf Among Wolves: Yes. If we keep going down the path of what players mean to the game beyond the numbers, Hill should be in. It’s a trip to go back and watch Old Sprite ads and see him being sold on his superhuman abilities. After his lost seasons in Orlando, it seemed like he was washed up. But against all odds, he’s become what he maybe always was: a player defined more by hard work than sheer talent. A basketball player. Throw in his Duke career and that’s a story worth learning.

Danny Nowell, Portland Roundball Society: Yes. Originally my thought was that Grant had been too injured for too long, and should be a tragic exclusion. But Hill was just too good in his Detroit years — I’ll cast my vote for his inclusion happily, and let more practical voters deny him if they want.

Ethan Sherwood Strauss, HoopSpeakNo, sadly. Grant Hill’s NBA career might be the greatest Duke ever produced — which may be an indictment of that university’s pro development. Hill had the talent and desire to be a Hall of Famer, but his ankles had other, devious plans.

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