Jason Kidd and Grant Hill: Co-ROYs almost 20 years ago, now co-retirees
Now, in 2013, they're both calling it quits, and possibly setting up for one more great honor on a big stage. In 2018, when they're eligible for the Hall of Fame, don't be surprised to see them both gaining induction.
Newer NBA fans might see these guys as aging journeymen, but older fans know that these two are some of the game's all-time greats.
Kidd was a triple-double machine when he was younger, and should go down as one of the greatest point guards in NBA history. He's 2nd on the all-time list for both steals and assists, and is a surefire Hall of Famer, most likely on the first ballot.
Today, the Knicks announced his retirement, marking the end of the career for the greatest point guard since Magic Johnson. Kidd is a 10-time All-Star, a four-time All-Defensive first teamer, and a 5-time All-NBA first-teamer.
Hill, who announced his retirement before Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals, will likely go down as the guy who could have been one of the best players ever, if not for his injury issues. He only played a full 82 game season once in his career, and missed many games, including the entire 2003-04 season. In 2000-01, he played only 4 games.
Still, Hill was a 7-time All-Star and made the All-NBA First Team in 1996-97. He was a 4-time All-NBA second teamer, a member of the 1996 gold medal-winning USA men's basketball team. He has always been known as one of the nicest guys in basketball, and won two NCAA championships while a member of the Duke University team.
What do you think? Should Grant Hill be a Hall of Famer when he's eligible?