Grant Hill recently retired.
I find it laughable the number of hits you see if you type in “Is Grant Hill a Hall of Famer?” In a world that Reggie Miller is a Hall of Famer, this is a joke, right? Of course Hill is a Hall of Famer, you could almost make a case for Grant LONG to make the Hall.
Let’s look at this seriously, there are FIVE to SIX players per YEAR that go in. Can you NAME SIX players from his draft class? Heck, name FOUR you’d want.
ok- Here’s your top 3 players from that class.
and Glenn Robinson.
If you are drafting fourth, and upset you didn’t get Big Dog, you get to pick between Juwan Howard, Eddie Jones or Wesley Person- I might take Jalen Rose myself. Hall of Famers Ya’ll!
Let’s consider you have quite a few foreign and female players in there, and say 115 are male NBA players.
Grab a sheet of paper, and give me 115 players you would start a franchise with.
The Hall started in 1959, its 2013- so let’s say you started watching ball in 1986, Good halfway point.
Name me 58 Guys you would start a franchise with.
Let’s cut that in half again, for people like my brother, who is outraged that Shawn Kemp isn’t in (yet)- that’s 2000- give me 29 guys.
That’s only 1 per franchise. How’s that for an exercise- take every player that has been drafted since 2000, and you have to start a franchise with him.
How many teams would trade that “franchise Hall of Famer” for the top pick in 2014? And don’t give me Pippen, I’d start a franchise with Pippen, happily. You give me a choice between Pip and Howard? I’ll take Pippen.
But back to Grant Hill. Let me be upfront, since the Naismith counts the NCAA career as well as the NBA (what about my Junior high stats?) I got no problem with him going in, but we only count his NBA stats?
Well, let’s see. Regular readers know that’s I think All-Star games are a joke when it comes to determining greatness, but Grant Hill made 7 in 19 years- better than a THIRD of his years.
So let’s look at what REALLY matters.
One all-NBA First team selection.
One. ONE year he was considered to being one of the best 5 guys in the NBA- hey better than Reggie Miller.
Now he did make 4 second teams. Nothing wrong there- still better than Miller.
So in over a FOURTH of his career, he was considered one of the TEN best players in the NBA.
Anything else? Any scoring titles, championships, legendary run to the finals? Did he pull an Iverson and will the Bobcats to the Finals?
None. He does have as many rebounding titles as Shaq though. In fact during that quarter of his career, Hill never made it out of Round One. He only saw round two ONCE in 19 years.
Of course he also missed a ton of time- we can say he played 19 years- but he missed almost a THIRD of his games.
So is he a Hall of Famer?
In reality? Not even close.
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