grant hill
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  • Faith: Christian
  • Career: Athlete
  • Birthday:  October 05, 1972

Grant Hill is a former professional basketball player and professional basketball executive who's the co-owner of the Atlanta Hawks of the NBA, part-owner of the Orlando City SC of Major League Soccer, and the Orlando Pride of the National Women's Soccer League. He also works as a basketball analyst for Turner Sports and CBS.

A four-year player at Duke University, Hill was publicized as one of the greatest college basketball players ever. In the NBA, Hill played for the Detroit Pistons, the Orlando Magic, the Phoenix Suns, and the Los Angeles Clippers, primarily in the small forward position. He is a seven-time NBA All-Star, a five-time All-NBA selection, and a three-time winner of the NBA Sportsmanship Award. In 2018, he was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. As the 1994 ACC Player of the Year, a two-time NCAA All-American, and a two-time NCAA champion, Hill is generally considered one of the best to play for the Duke Blue Devils.

After graduating in 1994, he was selected by the Pistons with the third overall pick in the NBA Draft. He and Jason Kidd were co-winners of the 1995 NBA Rookie of the Year Award. Early in his NBA career, Hill was considered one of the best all-around players in the game, often leading his team in points, assists, and rebounds. In his first six seasons in the NBA, Hill averaged 21.6 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 6.3 assists per game, making the Eastern Conference All-Star Team five times. However, an ankle injury in 2000 changed the trajectory of his career, plaguing him for several years.

His injury led to a March 2003 surgery that was followed by life-threatening complications, forcing him to miss the entire 2003-04 season. In 2005, Hill made the Eastern Conference All-Star Team as a member of the Magic. He played in the Western Conference finals in 2010 with the Phoenix Suns. In the 12 seasons after his ankle injury, Hill averaged 13.1 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 2.6 assists per game. In 2013, he announced his retirement from the NBA. In 2015, Hill and Tony Ressler were part of an ownership group that purchased the Atlanta Hawks. In 2023, he and his wife, Tamia, became part owners of MLS club Orlando City and NWSL club Orlando Pride.

What religion is Grant Hill?

Grant Hill grew up in the Christian faith. While answering a question about how he got through his ankle injury, which almost led to an amputation, Hill said, "I think faith, no question. Going to church, reading the Bible. I think my family. Also, too, sports really can condition you to thinking you can do the unthinkable."

He continued, "What I mean is, you're in a game, and you're down 10 points with four minutes left; you feel like you have a chance to win. You have to feel this way. That's why upsets occur. That's why great comebacks occur. So, I felt like I was going to win. For the exception of maybe a few months after my staff infection and subsequent surgery - that point, I didn't want to do it anymore."

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