The Detroit Pistons over the years have had the privilege of having some of the best players to play the game. One of those was hoped to be was former Duke star Grant Hill. In a recent interview with Eric Woodyard of MLive.com, Hill had voiced his desire to have his jersey retired by the Pistons.
“That was always something that you would look up there during the national anthem and think ‘Man, one day I would love to be up there,’” Hill said. “Obviously, things change and what not by leaving and so on. But I’ll put my six years up there up against anybody else’s six years.”
“So if it’s meant to be, it happens. But if not, it doesn’t change how I feel about the place not one bit.”
Through his first six seasons in the league, Hill was viewed as one of the elite players in the NBA averaging 21.6 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 6.3 assists. During this time, he had five of his seven All-Star game selections, an All-NBA First Team nod, four All-NBA Second Team selections, and was a NBA Co-Rookie of the Year. However, persistent leg injuries quickly derailed his career as he was no longer the explosive he was prior to them. He was at one point viewed to be the next face of the league when Michael Jordan finally stepped away from the game.
That said, Hill had the best years of his career with the Pistons that were extremely productive. The decision to retire his jersey would be a great move to honor one of the best players to put on their uniform. Hopefully, this happens at some point down the road.