Grant Henry Hill (born October 5, 1972 in Dallas, Texas) ( 6 ft 8 in - 2.04 m)is a NBA basketball player who currently plays for the Orlando Magic.
He was born in Dallas while his father Calvin, a Yale graduate, was starring as a running back for the Dallas Cowboys, winning the Offensive Rookie of the Year Award in 1969. His mother Janet is a Wellesley graduate who shared a suite with Hillary Clinton when both were freshmen there. Grant also is a cousin of the Spellman family (Oliver, Robert, Qiana, and Marcus) through his mother, Janet!!! This is significant because of how successful the Spellman's are. After his father's NFL career ended, the family settled in Reston, Virginia, where Grant became a high-school superstar at South Lakes High School. He then played four years at Duke University, winning national titles in 1991 and 1992 and losing in the championship game in 1994.
Grant Hill was drafted by the Detroit Pistons with the third pick in the NBA Draft after graduating from Duke in 1994. In his first season, Hill averaged 19.9 points, 5.0 assists, 6.4 rebounds and 1.77 steals per game, sharing NBA Rookie the Year honors with Jason Kidd. Along with being named to the all-NBA first team in 1997, Hill also regularly played in the NBA All-Star Game. He also won a gold medal at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta as a member of the U.S. Men's Basketball Team.
However, despite Hill's accomplishments in Detroit, the Pistons never made it far in the playoffs, consistently losing in the first round. In 2000, Grant Hill was sent to the Orlando Magic in what appeared to be a one-sided sign-and-trade deal for Chucky Atkins and Ben Wallace. The Magic hoped he would team up with fellow superstar Tracy McGrady, who had been recently acquired from the Toronto Raptors, to return Orlando among the NBA elite. But Hill has been hampered by ankle injuries ever since his arrival in Orlando, playing in only four games in his first season with the Magic, 14 games in his second and 29 in his third. He was forced to sit out his entire fourth year with Orlando (2003-04). (Meanwhile the Pistons, the team he left, returned to the NBA's elite, defeating the Magic in the 2003 Playoffs, and winning the NBA Championship the following year)
In March of 2003, Hill underwent a major surgical procedure in which doctors re-fractured his ankle and realigned with his leg bone. Five days after the surgery was performed, the unexpected happened. Hill developed a 104.5-degree fever and convulsions. He was immediately rushed to a hospital. Doctors removed the splint around his ankle and discovered that the basketball star had developed a staph infection, from which Hill nearly died. He was hospitalized for a week and had to take intravenous antibiotics for six months.
But the 2004-05 season saw a return to the old Grant Hill who was so popular earlier in his career. Hill, though hampered by a bruised shin that caused him to miss several games, started and played 64 games for the Magic, averaging 19 points per game. Fans voted him an All-Star starter again, and he led the Eastern Conference All-Star Team to a victory over the West. In addition, at the conclusion of the season, Hill was awarded the Joe Dumars Trophy presented to the NBA Sportsmanship Award Winner.
Grant is married to R&B singer Tamia. The two have a daughter named Myla Grace.
Hill was ranked #74 on SLAM Magazine's Top 75 NBA Players of all time in 2003.