Behind the Numbers: Grant Hill

Behind the Numbers: Grant Hill
Behind The Numbers
Gilbert Arenas 0, Wizards
Marcus Banks 3, Timberwolves
Mike Bibby 10, Kings
Andrew Bogut 6, Bucks
Kobe Bryant 8, Lakers
Jarron Collins 31, Jazz
Tony Delk 00, Pistons
Melvin Ely 2, Bobcats
Pau Gasol 16, Grizzlies
Manu Ginobli 20, Spurs
Drew Gooden 90, Cavaliers
Grant Hill 33, Magic
Royal Ivey 36, Hawks
Linton Johnson 43, Hornets
Dikembe Mutombo 55, Rockets
Eric Piatkowski 52, Bulls
Paul Pierce 34, Celtics
Shavlik Randolph 42, Sixers
Earl Watson 25, Sonics

He may not have known it at the time, but a little Magic influenced the NBA career of Grant Hill well before he stepped foot in Orlando.

And by Magic, of course, that would be referring to NBA legend Magic Johnson.

“My favorite player was always Magic Johnson,” Hill said. “I found out that he wore 32 when he was in high school, so I wore 32. When I went to college[Duke], of course Christian Laettner had 32. But I also found out that Magic wore 33 when he was in college, so I ended up wearing 33.”

Although Hill and Johnson shared the same numbers throughout their young careers, Hill decided to stick with his collegiate number that is now hanging in the rafters at Cameron Indoor
Stadium and brought him to two consecutive
national championships at Duke University.

“When I got to the NBA, I had the opportunity to go to the number 32 like Magic,” Hill explained. “But I had done well with 33 and kind of felt like it had done well for me up until
that point, so I stuck with it. That is pretty much why I am wearing 33 now.”

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