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Grant Hill Joins the Phoenix Suns
July 12, 2007
Grant Hill was selected by the Pistons with the third overall in the 1994 NBA Draft.
In 1995, Hill started in the NBA All-Star Game after becoming the first rookie ever to lead all players in fan voting.
Ironically, the game would take place in Phoenix - the city Hill would call home more than a decade later.
Hill scored 10 points in the contest and averaged 19.9 points per game as a rookie for the Pistons.
The first Pistons' rookie to score 1,000 points since Kelly Tripucka and Isiah Thomas in 1981-82, Hill shared Rookie of the Year honors with Dallas' Jason Kidd.
The rising star proved himself a jack-of-all trades early on, including an appearance on a popular ESPN commercial.
The Piston rookie was a natural for television.
Hill returned to the All-Star Game in 1996, this time hosted by San Antonio.
Hill drives past then first-time All-Star Jason Kidd to score two for the East.
The popular Piston is introduced to the crowd prior to the 1997 All-Star Game.
Over the years, Hill has proven himself an All-Star both on and off the court.
Hill joined fellow all-time greats Charles Barkley and Reggie Miller in 1996.
The young star was a member of the Dream Team 3 squad which captured gold in Atlanta.
Hill joined Michael Jordan in New York City for the 1998 All-Star Game and scored 15 points.
Hill spent six seasons in Detroit before signing with the Orlando Magic.
The change in scenery did not seem to have an effect on Hill's All-Star status.
In 2005, the forward joined fellow All-Stars Allen Iverson, LeBron James and Vince Carter for the contest in Denver.
Now a veteran, Hill showed he still had the ability to throw it down in the Mile High City.
In Orlando, Hill continued his efforts in the community.
In 2005, Hill was yet again recognized for his efforts in the community.
Hill was the 2004-05 NBA Sportsmanship Award winner.
Hill chats with former collegiate teammate Christian Laettner who he won two championships with at Duke.
Over the years, Hill has made friends with many NBA players including former Sun Bo Outlaw.
The two would also spend some time together as teammates towards the end of Outlaw's career.
Hill has played for a number of coaches, including former Magic coach Doc Rivers and current Suns assistant coach Alvin Gentry.
His actions on and off the court have helped Hill gained the respect of all NBA superstars.
Over the past couple of seasons, Hill has helped tutor rising Magic superstar Dwight Howard.
Hill drives by his new teammate Leandro Barbosa during a regular season contest in Phoenix.
The two frontcourt teammates helped the Magic return to the postseason in 2007.
Hill shows aspring NBA and WNBA stars his All-Star form while volunteering at a basketball clinic.
Hill hopes to return to the NBA Playoffs in 2008 and help the Suns contend for an NBA Championship.