Veteran NBA forward, All-Star regular Grant Hill retires

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Veteran NBA forward Grant Hill said on Saturday he was retiring from the league after a career in which he was named an All-Star seven times.

Hill, who shared the league's Rookie of the Year Award with Jason Kidd for the 1994-95 season, averaged double-figure points in each season until the 2012-12 campaign, when the 40-year-old contributed 3.2 points per game over 29 contests with the Los Angeles Clippers.

The former Duke University stand-out came into the NBA with the Detroit Pistons as the third overall selection in the 1994 draft. He averaged 21.6 points, 7.9 rebounds and 6.3 assists over six seasons in Detroit, then joined the Orlando Magic before the 2000-01 campaign. He played just four games that season because of a chronic ankle injury that affected him for a significant portion of his career.

During his seven seasons in Orlando, Hill participated in more than 29 games just twice over that span and was forced to sit out the entire 2003-04 schedule after undergoing major ankle surgery.

Hill enjoyed better health after signing with the Phoenix Suns in 2007, playing in a total of 313 games while averaging 12.4 points in a four-year stretch.

He joined the Clippers as a free agent but missed the first three months of 2012-13 after suffering a bone bruise in his right knee in the pre-season.