3. Grant Hill
Once the LA Clippers signed Grant Hill to a two-year deal, it was evident they were receiving a veteran role player who could contribute off the bench. However, Hill did not meet these expectations. In fact, he missed significantly, adding to one of the reasons why he was past his prime before joining LA.
Moreover, Hill was one of the league’s most dominant stars for over a decade. The former Duke product was a forward that could score, playmake, and rebound at a high level. Though he never won a championship, he finished his career as a seven-time all-star, five-time all-NBA, and even won Rookie of the Year in 1994-95.
On that note, Hill averaged 19.9 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 5.0 assists while playing 70 games in his rookie season. What’s more, he was selected as an all-star in his first year in the NBA. This is extremely special, as only 45 rookies have ever been able to do so.
As his career went on, Hill played fairly well for the Pistons and Magic. After he arrived in Phoenix, it was safe to say his peak years had passed. He was now a top-tier role player who would contribute where needed. He also had some of the best veteran experiences to help develop an up-and-coming young core.
Before retirement, Hill’s last stop was the LA Clippers. The season prior, he averaged 10 points despite only playing 49 games. Things took a turn in LA as he posted 3.2 points per night while shooting a career-low 38.8% from the field.
Soon enough, Hill announced his retirement after 19 memorable seasons in the NBA. His career path and statistics show his prime was clearly over before signing with the LA Clippers.