Kevin Maurice Garnett is an American former professional basketball player who played the power forward and center positions for 21 seasons in the National Basketball Association. In high school, Garnett was a 1995 McDonalds All-American at Farragut Career Academy and he entered the 1995 NBA draft, where he was selected with the fifth overall pick by the Minnesota Timberwolves and became the first NBA player drafted directly out of high school in 20 years. Garnett made an impact with the Minnesota Timberwolves, leading them to eight consecutive playoff appearances. In 2004, he led the Timberwolves to the Western Conference Finals, Garnett has been named to 15 All-Star Games, winning the All-Star MVP award in 2003, and is currently tied for third-most All-Star selections in NBA history. He was named the NBA Defensive Player of the Year in 2007–08, Garnett holds several Timberwolves franchise records. In 2007, after 12 seasons with the Timberwolves, Garnett joined the Boston Celtics in a blockbuster trade, in his first year with the Celtics, he helped lead them to the NBA championship, while finishing in third place for the MVP award.
In 2013, Garnett was included in a second headline trade that sent him to the Brooklyn Nets with longtime Celtic Paul Pierce, in 2015, Garnett was traded back to Minnesota. He announced his retirement from basketball in September 2016, Garnett was born on May 19,1976, in Greenville, South Carolina, to Shirley Garnett. He was the second of his mothers three children, Garnetts mother never married his father, OLewis McCullough, with their relationship ending shortly after his birth. Garnett grew up with his mother and stepfather, Ernest Irby, with whom he didnt get along, Garnett fell in love with the sport of basketball while attending Hillcrest Middle School, although he did not play organized basketball until high school. In his first three years of school, Garnett attended Mauldin High School in Mauldin, South Carolina. However, during the summer before his year of high school. Although not directly involved, Garnett was one of three students arrested for second-degree lynching, a charge that was expunged through a pre-trial intervention.
Due to the racially charged incident and fearful of being a target, Garnett decided to leave Mauldin High and transferred to Farragut Career Academy in Chicago and he led Farragut to a 28–2 record and was named National High School Player of the Year by USA Today. He was named Mr. Basketball for the state of Illinois after averaging 25.2 points,17.9 rebounds,6.7 assists and 6.5 blocks while shooting 66. 8% from the field. In four years of school, Garnett posted an impressive 2,553 points,1,809 rebounds and 737 blocked shots. In high school, Garnett played alongside Ronnie Fields, who became a professional basketball player. To mark the 35th anniversary of the McDonalds All-American High School Boys Basketball Game, Garnetts decision not to play college basketball was influenced in part by his failure to score well enough on the ACT test to meet NCAA requirements for freshman eligibility
Galatasaray S.K. (men's basketball)
Galatasaray S. K. for sponsorship reasons Galatasaray Odeabank, is a professional basketball team based in the city of Istanbul in Turkey. It is a part of the Galatasaray Sports Club, the team competes in the Turkish Basketball Super League and EuroLeague. Galatasaray plays its matches in Abdi İpekçi Arena, which has a seating capacity for 12,270 spectators. The team has been crowned Turkish national champions five times so far, according to the official records, in Turkey, basketball was first played in 1904 at Robert College. An American physical education teacher laid the foundations of sport in Turkey. 7 years later, Ahmet Robenson, a physical education teacher in Galatasaray High School decided to introduce a new game to students in 1911, who became a Galatasaray S. K. president later, popularized this sport in Turkey. Basketball had always very important for the club. The team has won 4 national championship titles and 16 İstanbul League title, former president of the club, Özhan Canaydın was a former player of basketball team.
On 24 June 2011, Galatasaray announced that Cafe Crowns sponsorship was over, Galatasaray qualified for the EuroLeague for the first time in history after winning the qualification knockout round that gained them a place in the EuroLeague season. On April 27,2016, Galatasaray defeated SIG Strasbourg with the score of 78–67 at Abdi Ipekci Arena in the leg of the 2016 Eurocup Finals. With this result Galatasaray won the EuroCup championship for the first time, set a club record or won an individual award while at the club. Played at least one international match for their national team at any time. To perform very successfully during period in the club or at later/previous stages of his career
Theophalus Curtis Theo Ratliff is an American retired professional basketball player who last played with the NBAs Los Angeles Lakers. Primarily a center, he was an excellent shot-blocker who had led the three times in blocks per game. As of 2011, he is ranked 18th all-time in career blocks, at Wyoming, Ratliff had a successful career, finishing as the career leader in blocked shots. He accumulated 425 blocked shots in his career as a Cowboy, Ratliff was inducted into the University of Wyoming Athletics Hall of Fame in 2005. Ratliff was selected with the 18th pick of the 1995 NBA draft by the Detroit Pistons, during the 1997–98 season he was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers. He played in Philadelphia for three seasons, and was voted Eastern Conference reserve center of the 2001 All-Star Game, but was unable to due to injury. He was a key fixture on the 2000–01 Sixers team that made it to the NBA finals and he missed most of the next season due to injury, but rebounded to post 262 blocks the next year with the Hawks.
His best year as a pro was 2003–04, when he recorded a league-leading 307 blocked shots, during that season he was dealt to the Portland Trail Blazers, along with Shareef Abdur-Rahim and Dan Dickau, for Rasheed Wallace and Wesley Person. After the 2004 season, he signed a contract extension with the Blazers but was not as effective in 2004–05. In July 2007, he was traded along with Gerald Green, Ryan Gomes, Al Jefferson, Sebastian Telfair, in February 2008 Ratliff was waived by the Timberwolves, and he rejoined the Detroit Pistons in March. Ratliff returned to the Philadelphia 76ers for 2008–09 season, in the offseason he was signed by the San Antonio Spurs. In February 2010, he was traded to the Charlotte Bobcats for a projected 2nd round draft pick in 2016, Ratliff was signed by the Los Angeles Lakers on July 22,2010 to a 1-year deal. In December 2011, Ratliff retired from basketball, Ratliff won numerous awards during his career. He is the owner of the Rome Gladiators. com profile Basketball-Reference profile
1995 NBA draft
The 1995 NBA draft took place on June 28,1995, at SkyDome in Toronto, Canada. It marked the first NBA draft to be held outside the United States and was the first draft for the two Canadian expansion teams, Toronto Raptors and Vancouver Grizzlies. Kevin Garnett, who was fifth in this draft, is notable for being the first player in two decades to be selected straight out of high school. Garnett would go on to gather fifteen All Star selections, eight All-NBA selections, one NBA MVP award, rasheed Wallace and Jerry Stackhouse had successful careers, being four-time and two-time All-Stars respectively. Wallace won an NBA championship in 2004 with the Detroit Pistons, while Stackhouse scored the most total points in the league in 2000, the other remaining top selections had relatively productive careers, but were considered to have never reached their full potential. Joe Smith put up solid, but unspectacular numbers throughout his career and is considered a disappointment for a first overall selection.
He was involved in a salary cap scandal with the Minnesota Timberwolves, Antonio McDyess was a one-time All-Star, but serious and continuing knee injuries decreased much of his effectiveness in the prime of his career. Damon Stoudamire was the 1995–96 NBA Rookie of the Year and had a solid career although he was arrested and fined several times for marijuana possession and this draft was notable for two of the biggest busts in NBA history, Ed OBannon and Shawn Respert. OBannon had received accolades for leading the UCLA Bruins to the NCAA Championship. Respert played only four seasons in the NBA, while secretly hiding that he was suffering from stomach cancer, the following players went undrafted in the 1995 NBA Draft but played in the NBA. The following trades involving drafted players were made on the day of the draft, a The Los Angeles Clippers traded Randy Woods and the draft rights of Antonio McDyess to the Denver Nuggets for Rodney Rogers and the draft rights to Brent Barry
The Houston Rockets are an American professional basketball team based in Houston, Texas. The Rockets compete in the National Basketball Association, as a club of the leagues Western Conference Southwest Division. The team plays its games at the Toyota Center, located in downtown Houston. The Rockets have won two NBA championships and four Western Conference titles, the team was established as the San Diego Rockets, an expansion team originally based in San Diego, in 1967. In 1971, the Rockets moved to Houston, the Rockets won only 15 games in their debut season as a franchise in 1967. In the 1968 NBA draft, the Rockets, picking first overall, selected power forward Elvin Hayes, the Rockets did not finish a season with a winning record until the 1976–77 season, when they traded for center Moses Malone. Malone went on to win the NBA Most Valuable Player award twice and he led the Rockets to the NBA Finals in 1981 where they were defeated in six games by the Boston Celtics, led by Larry Bird and future Rockets coach Kevin McHale.
In 1984, the Rockets drafted center Hakeem Olajuwon, who would be paired with 7 feet 4 inches Ralph Sampson, nicknamed the Twin Towers, they led the team to the 1986 NBA Finals—the second NBA Finals appearance in franchise history—where Houston was again defeated by the Boston Celtics. The Rockets continued to reach the playoffs throughout the 1980s, Rudy Tomjanovich took over as head coach midway through the 1991–92 season, ushering in the most successful period in franchise history. Olajuwon-led Rockets went to the 1994 NBA Finals and won franchises first championship against Patrick Ewing, Houston became the lowest-seeded team in NBA history to win the title. After Yaos early retirement in 2011, the Rockets entered a period of rebuilding, the acquisition of franchise player James Harden in 2012 has launched the Rockets back into championship contention in the mid-2010s. The Rockets, under general manager Daryl Morey, are notable for popularizing the use of advanced statistical analytics in player acquisitions and style of play.
The Rockets were founded in 1967 in San Diego by Robert Breitbard, Breitbard brought in Jack McMahon, coach of the Cincinnati Royals, to serve as the Rockets coach and general manager. The Rockets lost 67 games in their season, which was an NBA record for losses in a season at the time. Because of the low performance and attendance, Breitbard looked to sell the team, and in 1971, Texas Sports Investments bought the franchise for $5.6 million, and moved the team to Houston. The franchise became the first NBA team in Texas, and the nickname Rockets took on greater relevance after the move. It was around this time that the Rockets would unveil their classic yellow and red logo, winter left soon after, being fired in January 1973 following a ten-game losing streak, and was replaced by Johnny Egan. Egan led the Rockets back to the playoffs in 1975, where the franchise managed to win their first round against the New York Knicks, subsequently losing to the veteran Boston Celtics in 5 games
Heath Justin Bell is an American former professional baseball relief pitcher. As a closer with the San Diego Padres from 2009 to 2011, Bell was a three-time All-Star and he was awarded the DHL Delivery Man of the Year Award and The Sporting News Reliever of the Year Award. Bell played multiple sports, including baseball, in high school and he moved on to community college, where he was an All-American. He began his career with the New York Mets, making his major league debut in 2004. In 2007, he was traded to San Diego, where he was a man before replacing Trevor Hoffman as the Padres closer. From 2010 through 2011, Bell successfully converted 41 straight save opportunities, a free agent after the 2011 season, he signed with the Miami Marlins, and played with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Tampa Bay Rays. He retired before the 2015 season, Bell was born in Oceanside, California. He attended Columbus Tustin Middle School and Tustin High School in Tustin, California and he lettered in football and baseball.
Bell attended Santiago Canyon College where he was named a freshman All-American in 1997, in 1997 Bell made two appearances in the National Baseball Congress world series while playing for the El Dorado Broncos. He did not give up any runs and was named the leagues Graduate of the Year in 2011 and he was selected by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the 69th round of the 1997 amateur draft, but did not sign. Bell did not begin his career until 1998, when he signed with the New York Mets as an undrafted free agent. He made his league debut on August 24,2004 pitching two scoreless innings with three strikeouts against the San Diego Padres. The righty spent the two seasons shuttling between the Mets and their Triple-A affiliate Norfolk. Bell said coaches in the Mets minor leagues told him his best opportunity to succeed was to leave the organization as other people did not believe in him. On November 15,2006, Bell was traded to San Diego, along with pitcher Royce Ring, for outfielder Ben Johnson and he was part of the Padres bullpen, where he replaced Scott Linebrink as the 8th inning setup man before Trevor Hoffman closed games.
In 2009, Hoffman signed with the Milwaukee Brewers and Bell was promoted to closer, Bell sprints from the bullpen and into a save situation accompanied by the song Blow Me Away by Breaking Benjamin. Bells save situations are referred to by fans as Bells Hell, in 2009, Bell was named MLB Delivery Man of the Month in April after converting all eight of his save opportunities in 8 2⁄3 scoreless innings of work while striking out nine batters. He was named to the National League All-Star Team on July 5 and he, along with teammate Adrian Gonzalez, represented the Padres at the 2009 MLB All-Star Game in St. Louis on July 14
Real Madrid Baloncesto
Real Madrid Baloncesto is a Spanish professional basketball team that was founded in 1931, as a division of the Real Madrid C. F. multi sports club. They play domestically in the Liga ACB, and internationally in the EuroLeague, as successful as the Real Madrid athletic associations football club, the basketball team has been the most successful of its peers in both Spain and Europe. The Real Madrid squads have won a record 33 Spanish League championships and they have won a record 27 Spanish Cup titles, a record 9 EuroLeague Championships, and a record 4 Saporta Cups. Madrid has won a record 5 Intercontinental Cups, and they have won 3 Triple Crowns. Some of the star players over the years have included, Arvydas Sabonis, Dražen Petrović, Dražen Dalipagić, Mirza Delibašić, Juan Antonio Corbalán, Fernando Martín. Real Madrid has a basketball team that plays in the amateur level Spanish 4th-tier Liga EBA. Its early dominance in Spain has resulted in another cache of 33 domestic league and 27 cup trophies.
Madrid downed Milano the 1984 Cup Winners Cup on free throws by Brian Jackson, Madrid added a 1988 Korać Cup title against Cibona, and a 1992 Saporta Cup trophy against PAOK on a buzzer-beating jumper by Rickey Brown. It was not until Sabonis arrived in Madrid when Real won its last Euroleague title in 1995, Madrid still won the 1997 Saporta Cup title against Verona, but no more European trophies came in the next decade. Madrid still found success at home, winning Spanish League titles in 2000 and 2005 and it all changed in 2007 when Joan Plaza was promoted to head coach. Moreover, Madrid won the Spanish regular season and stayed strong in Palacio Vistalegre to lift its 30th league trophy, in Pablo Lasos era Real Madrid Baloncesto still found the success. New Spanish top tier players like Sergio Rodríguez and Rudy Fernández were acquired, ACB Rising Star winner Nikola Mirotić mixed with Sergio Llull and Felipe Reyes, to give Real Madrid a strong home grown core. The team gave Real Madrid Baloncesto 5 Copa del Reys,3 Spanish Super Cups,3 Liga ACBs,1 EuroLeague, on May 17,2015, after waiting 20 years to win another EuroLeague championship, Real Madrid won the 2015 Euroleague against Olympiacos.
Madrids Andrés Nocioni was named the Final Four MVP and this title was called La Novena. Following the EuroLeague title, the 2014–15 ACB season was won, because Real won the Cup and Supercup that season, it won its first Quadruble crown. On September 27,2015,34 years after their last FIBA Intercontinental Cup title, Real Madrid won their fifth FIBA Intercontinental Cup trophy, Sergio Llull was named MVP of this tournament. Fronton Fiesta Alegre, before the team played in not domed courts, colegio Maravillas, used for home games during the construction of the new pavilion. 3 Trofeo Teresa Herrera,1987,1989,1991,2 Trofeos Open de París, 1961/62, 1962/63
Duke Blue Devils men's basketball
The Duke Blue Devils mens basketball team is the college basketball program representing Duke University. The team is fourth all-time in wins of any NCAA mens basketball program, Duke has won 5 NCAA Championships and appeared in 11 Championship Games and 16 Final Fours, and has an NCAA-best.755 NCAA tournament winning percentage. Eleven Duke players have named the National Player of the Year. Additionally, Duke has 36 players named All-Americans and 14 Academic All-Americans, Duke has been the Atlantic Coast Conference Champions a record 20 times, and lays claim to 19 ACC regular season titles. Prior to joining the ACC, Duke won the Southern Conference championships five times. Duke has finished the season ranked No.1 in the AP poll seven times and is second, behind only UCLA, in total weeks ranked as the number one team in the nation by the AP with 121 weeks. Additionally, the Blue Devils have the second longest streak in the AP Top 25 in history with 200 consecutive appearances from 1996 to 2007, since that designation, Duke has won two additional national titles in 2010 and 2015.
The January 30 issue of The Trinity Chronicle headlined the new sport on its front page, trinitys first game ended in a loss to Wake Forest, 24–10. The game was played in the Angier B, Duke Gymnasium, known as The Ark. The Trinity team won its first title in 1920, the championship, by beating the North Carolina State College of Agriculture. Earlier in the season they had beaten the University of North Carolina 19–18 in the first match-up between the two schools, Trinity college became Duke University. Billy Werber, Class of 1930, became Dukes first All-American in basketball, the Gothic-style West Campus opened that year, with a new gym, to be named for Coach Card. The Indoor Stadium opened in 1940, initially it was referred to as an Addition to the gymnasium. Part of its cost was paid for with the proceeds from the Duke football teams appearance in the 1938 Rose Bowl, in 1972 it would be named for Eddie Cameron, head coach from 1929 to 1942. In 1952, Dick Groat became the first Duke player to be named National Player of the Year, Duke left the Southern Conference to become a charter member of the Atlantic Coast Conference in 1953.
The Duke team under Vic Bubas made its first appearance in the Final Four in 1963, the next year, Bubas team reached the national title game, losing to the Bruins of UCLA, who claimed 10 titles in the next 12 years. Bob Verga was Dukes star player in 1967, the basketball program won its 1000th game in 1974, making Duke only the eighth school in NCAA history to reach that figure. Gene Banks, Mike Gminski and Jim Spanarkel ran the floor, Mike Krzyzewski has been at Duke since 1980
Escondido is a city located in San Diego Countys North County region,30 miles northeast of Downtown San Diego, California. The city occupies a valley ringed by rocky hills. Incorporated in 1888, it is one of the oldest cities in San Diego County, the city had a population of 143,911 in the 2010 census. Escondidos municipal government set itself an operating budget limit of $426,289,048 for the fiscal year 2010–2011, the city is known as Eskondiid in Diegueño. Escondido is a Spanish word meaning hidden, one source says the name originally referred to agua escondida or hidden water, another says it meant hidden treasure. The Escondido area was first settled by the Luiseño, who established campsites and villages along the running through the area. The Kumeyaay migrated from areas near the Colorado River, settling both in the San Pasqual Valley and near the San Dieguito River in the southwestern and western portions of what is now Escondido, most of the villages and campsites today have been destroyed by development and agriculture.
Spain controlled the land from the late 18th century to the early 19th century, when Mexico gained its independence from Spain, the local land was divided into large ranchos. Most of what is now Escondido occupies the former Rancho Rincon del Diablo, Alvarado was a Regidor of Los Angeles at the time, and the first Regidor of the pueblo of San Diego. The southern part of Escondido occupies the former Rancho San Bernardo, in 1846, during the Mexican–American War, the Battle of San Pasqual was fought southeast of Escondido. This battle pitted Mexican forces under Andrés Pico against Americans under Stephen W. Kearny, Archibald Gillespie, a park in Escondido is named for Carson. The city was home to a largely Spanish-speaking population in the first census, after statehood, non-Hispanic settlers came to Southern California in increasing numbers. The decade of the 1880s is known as the Southern California Land Boom because so many people moved to the state, in 1853, pro-Southern Copperheads proposed dividing the state of California to create a new Territory of Colorado.
San Diego Judge Oliver S. Witherby suggested placing the capitol of the new territory in Rancho Rincon del Diablo and he envisioned a railroad connecting San Diego to Fort Yuma through an area about two miles south of the current Escondido site, heading east through San Pasqual. With a series of deeds in 1855 and 1856, the rancho was transferred from the heirs of Juan Bautista Alvarado to Witherby and he planned to profit from the town that he believed would be established from the dividing point on the railroad below the eastern hills. The proposal for splitting the state and creating the new territory passed in the California legislature and it was effectively killed in 1861 when Congress organized the Territory of Colorado in the area previously occupied by the Jefferson Territory. With Witherbys vision of owning a bustling state capitol unrealized, he set up an operation on the rancho instead. In 1868, Witherby sold the rancho for $8000 to Edward McGeary and John, Josiah, McGeary owned half the rancho, while the three Wolfskill brothers each owned an equal share of the other half
Joe Smith (basketball)
Joseph Leynard Smith is an American former professional basketball player who played at power forward position for 12 teams of the NBA during his 16-year career. Born and raised in Norfolk, Smith was the College Player of the Year at Maryland in 1995 and he was named to the 1995–96 All-Rookie team. Smith was mobile throughout his career, the NBA indicated that he was one of the most traded players, in 1998, Smith was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers, he played for the Minnesota Timberwolves until 2003. Smith attended Maury High School and played at the University of Maryland, Smith was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team for the 1995–96 season and finished third in the Rookie of the Year voting to Damon Stoudamire and Arvydas Sabonis. Joe Smith would play two-and-a-half years for the Warriors before being traded to the Philadelphia 76ers with Brian Shaw for Clarence Weatherspoon, the trade was engineered by Golden State as Smith had made clear his desire to return to the east coast, and he was approaching free agency.
Smiths statistics declined immediately after the trade, and never fully recovered, despite a drop in production, Smith was seen still as a hot commodity in the free agency blitz that followed the strike in late 1998. In what seemed at the time like a move, Smith signed for very little money with the Minnesota Timberwolves. For the next two years, Smith played very productively at small forward alongside All-Star Kevin Garnett, following the 1999–2000 season, it was discovered that Smith was involved in a salary cap–tampering scandal involving Timberwolves executive Kevin McHale. Smith was allegedly promised a future multimillion-dollar deal if he signed with the team for below market value, Joe Smith was released by the Timberwolves and signed with the Detroit Pistons for the 2000–2001 season as a backup. Smith produced good numbers for the Pistons and, at the end of the season, for the next three seasons Smith played for the Milwaukee Bucks. Prior to the 2006–07 season, Smith moved on to the Nuggets, despite being considered an add-in on the deal, Smith averaged over 25 minutes per game with the 76ers, during the teams ultimately unsuccessful second half battle to make the playoffs.
For the 2007–08 season, Smith signed with the Chicago Bulls, Smith averaged over 11 points and 5 rebounds per game for the Bulls, but the team managed only 33 wins the whole season. Smith was traded in a three team deal at the deadline to the Cleveland Cavaliers. On March 1,2009, the Thunder bought out the remainder of Smiths contract, two nights later, he agreed to terms to rejoin the Cavaliers. On August 25,2009, he signed a contract with the Atlanta Hawks. On March 17,2010, Smith became the 92nd player in NBA history to reach 1000 games played, on September 10,2010, Smith signed a deal with the New Jersey Nets. On December 15,2010, Smith was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers in a three team trade involving the Nets and Houston Rockets, on January 2,2011, Smith made his debut for the Lakers. Two days later, he scored his first points as a member of the team, Smith wound up participating in one of the Phoenix Suns pre-draft practices on June 9,2015 as someone to help out center Alex Len during practice
ESPN The Magazine
ESPN The Magazine is a biweekly sports magazine published by the ESPN sports network in Bristol, Connecticut in the United States. The first issue was published on March 11,1998, the main sports covered include Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, National Football League, National Hockey League, college basketball, and college football. The magazine typically takes a more light-hearted and humorous approach to sporting news compared with such as Sports Illustrated. Some of the departments, in their magazine order, Two Way, Stuart Scott answered questions from readers. The Biz, Peter King writes about the side of sports and its effect on the sporting world. The Post, Looking back at the edition of the magazine with some of the readers comments. Zoom, One large image of the week, occupying two pages, the Jump, A mix of different regular features, offering an alternative and usually humorous take on the current sporting scene. Outtakes, A transcript of an interview from The Dan Patrick Show with a sport star mostly talking about non sports issues, interviews now done by Kenny Mayne.
The Life of Reilly, Former Sports Illustrated columnist Rick Reilly gives his opinions on the sports world, NEXT Athlete, Yearly award given out to young rising star athletes. Athlete X, a feature ran in the late 2000s where an anonymous athlete from various sports offered an insiders perspective. Most of these departments and features were dropped after a 2011 editorial change, as of 2016, only Zoom and The Biz still appear regularly. There is a column that focuses on Sabermetrics, as well as The Truth. The annual Body Issue, which debuted in 2009 as its answer to the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, features naked, the Body Issue addresses the physical structure of the most popular athletes to show what parts of their body they see as almost perfect. ESPN Deportes La Revista, a Spanish-language magazine ESPN The Magazine ESPN The Magazine Video on ESPN Video Archive
Grant Henry Hill is an American retired basketball player. Hill played for four teams in his career in the National Basketball Association, the Detroit Pistons, Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns. Hills parents are retired NFL Pro Bowl running back Calvin Hill and he and his father were Rookies of the Year in their respective sports, Hill in the NBA in 1995, and his father in the NFL with the Dallas Cowboys in 1969. While playing college basketball at Duke, he was the 1994 ACC Player of the Year, a two-time NCAA All-American, and a two-time NCAA champion. As a professional he was the 1995 NBA co-Rookie of the Year, and was a seven-time NBA All-Star, five-time All-NBA selection, and three-time winner of the NBA Sportsmanship Award. Touted as one of the best players in Duke history, many went as far as to say that he was one of the greatest collegiate players in his era. On June 1,2013, after 19 years in the league and Tony Ressler officially purchased the Atlanta Hawks on June 24,2015 for an estimated $730 million – $850 million.
Hill decided to attend Duke University, playing four years with the Blue Devils, Duke became the first Division I program to win consecutive titles since UCLA in 1973. Despite losing two of the biggest contributors on the Blue Devils, Christian Laettner and Bobby Hurley, Hill led Duke to the game once again in 1994. Hill won the Henry Iba Corinthian Award as the top defensive player in 1993. During his collegiate career, Hill became the first player in ACC history to more than 1,900 points,700 rebounds,400 assists,200 steals and 100 blocked shots. As a result of his college career, he became the eighth player in Duke history to have his jersey number retired. After his freshman season at Duke, Hill played on the bronze medal-winning U. S. team at the 1991 Pan American Games, held in Havana, with Duke down 103–102 in overtime and 2. Grant Hill was drafted by the Detroit Pistons with the pick in the NBA draft after graduating from Duke in 1994. In his first season, he averaged 19.9 points,6.4 rebounds,5.0 assists and 1.77 steals per game, and became the first Pistons rookie since Isiah Thomas in 1981–82 to score 1000 points.
Hill ended up sharing NBA Rookie of the Year Award honors with Jason Kidd of the Dallas Mavericks, Hill won the Sporting News Rookie of the Year Award. He was named to the all-NBA First Team in 1997, Hill regularly played in the NBA All-Star Game, where he made history by being the first rookie to lead an NBA All-Star fan balloting in with 1,289,585 votes, narrowly defeating Shaquille ONeal. In addition, he became the first rookie in any of the four professional sports leagues to lead all-star fan voting