Grant Hill likely to retire after this season

Sometimes it's easy to forget he's still in the league.  Considering Grant Hill was coming into the NBA at the same time Michael Jordan was hitting his prime, it seems Hill should be long-gone.  However, his longevity is a testament to his dedication.  But every player has an end.  For Grant Hill, this season may be that end.

According to Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic, Hill says there is a strong chance he will retire after this season.

“Strong chance,” Hill said of the possibility of retiring after the season. “I’m leaning toward it. I want to get to the end of the year and off-season and think about it but I’m pretty confident that’s where my mind is right now. I’ve enjoyed it.”

Hill came into the league in 1994.  He was anointed the new Michael Jordan.  He was going to be the next player in the NBA to take over and dominate like Jordan had been doing.  Unfortunately, a series of foot injuries and other nagging issues kept Hill from fulfilling that destiny.  He has put together a near-Hall of Fame career, though.

Hill has spent 18 seasons in the NBA.  In his career, he has averaged 16.7 points, 4.2 assists, and 6.0 rebounds per game.  At the height of his greatness, Hill averaged 25.8 points per game.  That was way back in the 1999-00 season.

If Hill does decide to retire, he will be missed.  While his production has decreased considerably, he has been one of the NBA's greats.

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