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Tuesday, August 17th, 2010 at 10:40 am  |  70 responses

For Old Time’s Sake: Grant Hill

Believe it or not, Grant Hill used to be the “next MJ.” Drafted by the Pistons in ’94, one of the nastiest draft classes in history, Hill was an assassin from day 1. He started in the All Star Game and shared ROY honors in ’95 with Jason Kidd after putting up this stat line : 20 pts, 6 boards, 5 assists, and just under 2 steals.  He led the league in triple-doubles in the ’95-’96 season and also won a Gold Medal in the ’96 Summer Olympics in ATL. Until the ankle problems, Hill was on his way to being a first ballot Hall of Famer. While he’s still enjoying a nice career, you can’t help but think of what may have been without the injuries. SHOUT OUT TO YINKA DARE FOR THIS ILL MIX.

-Schneezy

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  • Drolfe

    That last dunk on Zo is sick. I forgot about that.

  • http://www.slamonline.com wayno

    One of my favorite players ever. Pure Class, pure talent. I really wish he would have been healthy in Orlando, he and T-mac would have been one of the sickest combos in the league. Glasd to see him playing at a high level still.

  • Vince5

    Before his injuries, he was considered to be one of the next Jordan. He was the man in Detroit.

  • StF

    Imagine If Penny Hardaway,Tracy McGrady,Grant Hill
    Never Got Injured…

  • badboi

    straight nasty!!! man, he was the walking triple double in the 90′s..

  • badboi

    @stf what if greg oden wasn’t injured?

  • http://www.bluefont.com Hisham

    Guru

  • http://www.threadsandkicks.com.au Eduardo

    For 6 years he was one of the best SF’s in the league. Shame about his ankle injury though. One of the most respectable and classy guys of the NBA. 98 and 99 season’s Grant Hill was one of the best players in the NBA.

  • http://www.phonetobuy.com LeoneL

    What could have been?! That move on Grandmama broke my heart as a NY fan.

  • http://gmail dirty frank

    Great video. ^^^LJ played some great D on that play.

  • http://www.phonetobuy.com LeoneL

    He did but Grant Hill sure knows how to get his points.

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    Hill used to be unstoppable before the injury(s).. Remember when he picked-up Zo and slammed him to the floor???

  • Lz – Cphfinest3

    When it comes to taking the ball to the rack with reckless abandon and punishing the D pre-injury Grant Hill was probably the closest we ever saw to Jordan, closer than Kobe, LeBron, Carter, Wade and all those who have since been compared imo.

  • Roberto

    The video was a whos who of ex-Hoya centers getting dunked on. Ewing, Mourning, Mutombo. Sprinkle in some Bill Wennington, Vlade, and Oliver Miller. Dude was sick back in the day. I still have his old Pistons jersey.

  • logues

    damn he was so smooth

  • http://slamonline.com JL

    hill was good. triple double machine before he got injured. and especially knowing that injury could have gotten better had he not played on it making it more bitter. lebron basically had the similar stats, but hill did it with better handles and lebron with more brute strength and pure speed. did you guys notice how hill doesn’t push people off on any of his dribble moves? now that’s real skill.

  • http://fsdkjlf.com Jukai

    He’s the shooting guard in my all-potential team, running the wing with Penny and McGrady, while Ming and Zo terrorize the paint… sigh…

  • http://big11mel@yahoo.com Big Mel

    He was part of the class of 94 not 95

  • arjae828

    maan…poor thunder dan. he got him like 4 times in that vid. he got mike AND scottie. not many players can say they torched em both. dude had some ferocious dunks. def got the smooth mid range game after the injury though. vid doesn’t begin to describe his defensive prowess.

  • Overtime

    You have to love Grant Hill, you can see just how much he loves basketball. He could have just sat and got millions a whole bunch of times, but he worked hard for years and years, and earned his place back in the NBA, great guy.

    And that crossover on Phoenix is just brilliant

  • Overtime

    Good shout-out Schneezy

  • gavin20

    Schneezy – how about a penny hardaway mix?

  • http://twitter.com/darrellma dma

    ^ He did sit and get millions a whole bunch of times. Ask the great city of Orlando. But I still love the guy. One of my all-time favorites. And you gotta love him for his Sprite and Fila endorsements. And his wifey.

  • http://theurbangriot.com The Nupe

    No telling how good he could have been if he hadn’t got injured. I met him and his parents back in 95 and he seemed like a good guy that was well grounded. I’m glad that he seems to have kept his ‘grounding’ despite the attention and injuries etc. Not one of my favorite players but I’ve always appreciated his game and character.

  • shaolin23

    what amazes me the most is his ability to still compete at this level and be an efficient/productive TEAM player. t-mac could learn a few lessons from a player who has had similar ups and downs.

  • Martey

    he was so freaking acrobatic. Plus had handles for a guy 6’7. Nice J and could shake you off the dribble for the drive if he had you at the top of the key. Hope he still makes the Hall of fame

  • Yulenevano

    Real ish…I remember watching a game on NBC when they still had the intro music…they interviewed Mike…Jordan that is…and they asked him who reminded him of himself the most…the answer??? Penny and one Grant Hill…sidenote…I only owned three authentic jerseys my whole life…J. Kidd…Penny…and the man featured above….P.P.S Penny and Grant are literally the only reason I was able to dunk in the eighth grade…Sports Illustrated for kids ran an article on them explaining how to increase your vert by doing toe raises and crunches…cant remember how many they said do…I did 1000 of each…starting in the sixth grade…PPS…I cant dunk anymore…coincidence that I read that article had sick bounce for a second and now at 25 cannot dunk and have messed up ankles and knees??? Is my lack of punctuation annoying you yet…PPPS…My favorite slam posters are Cheryl and The Philosopher…so real…so calm…lol at this whole phuckin post…

  • http://www,myczechrepublic.com SAB

    between 2000 and 2006, he played just 135 games. we were robbed.

  • http://slamonline.com Spaceship Jay

    One of the craziest things about Grant that was underrated at the time was his handle… He made you as a defender commit to a position, either you were trying to stop the stutter step or the crossover. Either choice was usually the wrong one.

  • Ron Ron Hustle

    dunk on Mutumbo was nasty shoulda finger wagged his ass

  • Airswade

    This man was for real, but do you guys a SLAM remember that cover when you said Grant Hill..Better than Mike? Injury or no injury, that was nonsense! Lol!

  • Amir

    used to play old tome’s sake by sweet table on Hill’s highlights… chilled out

  • Amir

    Sweet Sable

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    used to have one of the meanest right to left crosses in the game, and the meanest hesitation move. And he’s a prime example of the worth of team doctors.

  • The Philosopher

    @yulenevano:
    I really appreciate that, brethren.

  • http://huhwhatandwhere.com Coincidence UNO

    Grant Hill & GURU…almost surreal.

  • Shem

    What’s the name of the song, anyone?

  • total scrotal implosion

    For old times sake: GET THE DRAFT YEAR CORRECT!!! Damn sneezy or whatever dwarf you are. And did he really do 20 5 6 rookie year? Why isnt he mentioned with o and mike? Or was it like 4.9?

  • Overtime

    Someone tell me when I can get these shoes

  • black pinoy

    he was smooth as hell. never thought he dunked so much .. i was in the second grade when he got drafted so i never really saw alot of his games.. if only he had a better mid range and three point game then he would still be one of the great players today..

  • The Fresh Prince of Nsam

    I liked 1 of the 1st Grant Hill Filas, the 1 that 2Pac wore in the inside book of “All eyes on me”. I remember back in the day I couldn’t find my size (in Cameroon) so I bought d 1 that were available 2 my Jr brotha. I think back then those shoes sold better than the Air J’s that were out the same year.

  • http://www.slamonline.com wayno

    in his prime at SF spot, he and Scottie could’ve been mentioned in the same sentence.

  • david

    Loved that baseline move and dunk on the Fat O. Sweet!

  • J.C.

    If g-hill didn’t get injured he woulda been the first lebron.

  • pnoy

    When he was younger, Grant Hill was right up there among the truly elite basketball players. I’ll tell you this much, in his younger days, and comparing with the stars today, I’m sure Grant Hill could hang with LeBron, Dwyane Wade, Kobe.

    Check out his stats in his best year in 1999-2000, his 6th season, when he made all NBA First team, and the contract year prior to the Orlando move.

    71 games played: 26PPG, 7RPG, 5APG, 49%FG, 1.5SPG

    His first 6 seasons average: 21/8/6/1.5

    To put that in perspective, LeBron James, in his first 6 seasons including this one is averaging: 28/7/7/1.5 or Dwyane Wade: 25/5/7/1.8. Grant Hill is only less of a scorer than our 2 MVP studs now but I think if Grant wanted to he couldve scored more.

    Just checked, Grant average 16 shots per game through the 6 yrs compared, LBJ? 21 shots per game. And Wade? 18 shots per game. So I guess yeah, if Grant shot as much as Wade or LBJ he could probably average the same. The year he averaged 25PPG, he shot 19 shot per game

  • http://slamonline.com Dave.

    “Hey Grant, Majerle’s guarding you tonight!”
    “Triple double time!”

  • dopax

    Pippen can’t guard Grant Hill

  • underdog

    The lefty alley-oop and the dunk in Mourning’s grill are all-time bests. Gottal love GH, he’s never quit.

  • Bassbesteck

    first hoops shoes i ever had, and probably my favourite closly followed by my Jordan XIV

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    ’94 draft class…
    Hill was so smooth, we really were robbed of him as a player.
    Regardless, he’ll leave a very positive image from his community work in the NBA.

  • pennydunk_1

    Grant Hill > Penny. And yeah, he was a force of nature. Today he would be right there with the best of ‘em, no question. Just look the games, 97 onwards.

  • http://facebook.com/tronjohnson Chief

    One of the best Yinka Dare mixs

  • newzealanderinlondon

    “I liked 1 of the 1st Grant Hill Filas, the 1 that 2Pac wore in the inside book of “All eyes on me”.

    Haha I know exactly what you mean – I remember copping All Eyes on Me and had those shoes on and dayum I felt like wow!

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    GHill…. this guys first basket in the L was an alley… AFTER THEY WON THE TIP TO START THE GAME….welcome to the LEAGUE….

  • James aka…

    I was most impressed with how his moves were highly legal compared to most NBA stars. His crossovers didn’t look like massive palming violations, and he still lost guys like it was the Rucker.

  • Dave

    Anybody remember that time he body slammed Alonzo Mourning?

  • http://www.slamonline.com wayno

    cosign James aka…he was VERY fundamentally sound with his lightning quick moves. No LeBron Crab-Dribble or Allen Iverson carry-crossover. He was good enough not to need to do things like that.

  • http://itsahardwoodlife.blogspot.com omphalos

    Damn he was so close to the 20, 5 and 5 line. 0.1 ppg off. I never knew this. Injuries suck…

  • andrew

    i blame Fila.

  • hammer

    I remember hill and pip as the 2 top sf n the game. Both point forwards. I used 2 hate hill since his dookie days. And that hatred carried over 2 his nba career cuz pip was my man and hill was the new point forward on the rise. Looking back,I miss the old hill. Especially when he was teamed up w/allan houston. That was a good tandem. The triple-double threat he was night- in/night-out. Beatiful and smooth game. Always a class act. Its a shame injuries got the best of him. Dam injuries! Good 2 c him still play @ a high level @ age 38. Still can’t help but think of what could have been

  • hammer

    Sad 2 c how promising players like hill,penny,t-mac,bo jackson and ken griffey jr have injuries that derail their careers while players like mark ‘mad dog’madsen,jj reddick,adam keefe,chris dudley,rick fox,kwame brown,darko milicic and list goes on and on can have long careers and win a couple titles along the way. Its like chris rock said:”Only the good rappers r dead. Tupac dead. Biggie dead. Meanwhile vanilla ice still alive.”Ha ha! A shame no doubt

  • Josh

    should have laced them nikes instead them filas…

  • tavoris

    Pippen could guard Grant Hill. He couldn’t ever handle Shareef Abdur-Rahim tho.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    He palmed a little on the hesitation. Y’all aren’t watching close enough.

  • Question

    “He started in the All Star Game and shared ROY honors in ‘95 with Jason Kidd after putting up this stat line : 20 pts, 6 boards, 5 assists, and just under 2 steals.”

    Wait.

    Weren’t the only rookies to ever post 20ppg, 5rpg, 5apg stats were Oscar Robertson, Michael Jordan and Tyreke Evans?

  • Question

    Oh, and Lebron James

  • http://www.slamonline.com wayno

    He actually averaged 19.9 ppg his rookie season, just a hair off from being in the above-mentioned group.

  • Jordan

    Jukai, throw McDyess into your all potential team. He was crazy good before the knee.

  • Kyle

    Thunder Dan was 39 years old, and hadn’t been “Thunder Dan” in about 11 years. But Hill went for dunks stronger than Jordan… Dominique Wilkins, Kemp and Tom Chambers were the meanest dunkers when guys were under the basket.

    And Pippen couldn’t hold Hill’s jock, it’s a shame Scottie is a hall of famer, cause Hill was a far better player but injuries stopped him. Same goes for Anfernee Hardaway and Mark Price.

  • http://twitter.com/fourtun8 Anwar Jennings

    Hell yea!!!! Can’t find that footage anywhere

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