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Grant Hill to be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame

Though he was hampered by injuries while with Orlando, Hill had a stellar career at Duke and in Detroit

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Grant Hill will be the newest Magic alum to enter the Hall of Fame.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported that Hill and others were notified that they will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2018. The official announcement will be made at the NCAA Final Four this weekend.

It was announced in February that Hill was a finalist for enshrinement.

Hill spent 19 years in the NBA, but his induction could be based more on his collegiate career, during which he won two national championships and played a key role in what could be the most famous shot in basketball history....

Of course, for Orlando fans, it would have been nice to have seen more of his Hall of Fame career spent in a Magic uniform. Despite spending seven years with the Magic after joining the team with Tracy McGrady in 2000, Hill missed 374 of 574 regular season games due to ankle injuries that prevented Hill from becoming one of the all-time greats in the NBA.

Hill averaged 16.4 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.1 assists with the Magic. He was voted an All-Star starter twice while in Orlando: his first season, during which he played just four games; and his healthiest and most productive season in 2004-2005, when he played 67 games and averaged 19.7 points per game.

In his 19 year career in the NBA - which began in Detroit and included a five-year stay in Phoenix and brief stint with the Los Angeles Clippers - Hill averaged 16.7 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.1 assists. He was co-Rookie of the Year, an All-NBA First Team selection in 1996-1997, and a seven-time All-Star.

According to Woj, joining Hill in this year’s Hall of Fame class will be Steve Nash and, of course, Jason Kidd, who Hill has been linked with since their college days.