Grant Hill, who was twice selected as an NBA All-Star during a six-year career with the Orlando Magic, will be honored Tuesday night as part of the team’s 25th anniversary season.
The Magic will recognize Hill during a center court presentation at the end of the first quarter of their game against the Portland Trail Blazers. He will also join Paul Kennedy and Nick Anderson for part of the Magic Live pregame show on FOX Sports Florida and sit alongside David Steele and Jeff Turner during the second quarter of the game telecast.
Hill came to the Magic in the summer of 2000 via a sign-and-trade deal with the Detroit Pistons. The additions of Hill and Tracy McGrady were expected to make the Magic, who had gone 41-41 the previous season in Doc Rivers’ first year as their head coach, immediate contenders for the Eastern Conference title.
But Hill didn’t average what he did over six years with the Pistons (21.6 points, 7.9 rebounds, 6.3 assists) because of recurring problems with his left ankle. He broke it during the Pistons’ playoff series against the Miami Heat, and he wound up playing a total of only 18 games in his first two years with the Magic. He sat out the entire 2003-04 season while undergoing further rehabilitation.
His healthiest and most productive time with the Magic was during the 2004-05 season when he played in 67 of 82 games and averaged 19.7 points while shooting better than 50 percent from the floor. Hill was named the NBA Player of the Week for the period ending Nov. 21, 2004 and was voted to start the following February for the Eastern Conference team at the All-Star Game. At the end of that season, he was chosen as the winner of the NBA’s award for sportsmanship.
Past honorees by the Magic this season include McGrady, Anderson, Pat Williams, Jimmy Hewitt, Dennis Scott, Pat Garrity, Jeff Turner, Sam Vincent, John Gabriel, Bo Outlaw, Horace Grant, Penny Hardaway and Darrell Armstrong.