Grant Hill was playing at Oscar Robertson, Larry Bird, LeBron James level in first 6 seasons
Grant Hill never reached his potential in the NBA, thanks to his uncooperative body. Injuries had greatly diminished what Hill could have attained, especially during his prime years with the Detroit Pistons, but despite the sizeable amount of time he missed to recuperate from his many physical aches, he still managed to get enshrined to the Hall of Fame.
If Hill managed to enter Springfield under such circumstances, imagine what he could’ve become if he had stronger limbs. Well, he probably would’ve been in the same light as the likes of Oscar Robertson, Larry Bird, and LeBron James. Just take a look at this stat, via Justin Kubatko of Stat Muse.
Grant Hill averaged at least 20 points, five rebounds, and five assists per game in five of his first six NBA seasons. The only players to match or exceed that are Oscar Robertson, Larry Bird, and LeBron James.
Hill barely made that a six-season streak, as he only averaged 19.9 points per game during his rookie year in 1994-95. The following year, he posted 20.2 points, 9.8 rebounds, and 6.9 assists per game in a season until the 1999-00 campaign, which turned out to be his last in Pistons uniform.
Grant Hill would continue his career with the Orlando Magic, but by then, he was no longer the dominant player that he was in Detroit because of injuries. He would turn back the hands of time occasionally, but it was clear then that his prime years were already behind him.
Hill finished his Hall of Fame basketball career with NBA averages of 16.7 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 4.1 assists across 1,026 games.