June 2 (Bloomberg) -- Seven-time All-Star Grant Hill, at age 40 the oldest active player in the National Basketball Association in 2012-2013, has retired after 19 seasons.
Hill, who played his final season with the Los Angeles Clippers, ends his career after playing 1,026 regular-season games averaging 16.7 points, 4.1 assists and 6.0 rebounds per game. He also earned an Olympic gold medal as a member of the 1996 U.S. team in Atlanta.
“I’m completely at peace with my decision to retire, but it was not arrived at lightly,” Hill said in a statement. “On one hand, I’m 40 years old and still in great physical condition. My body tells me that I can continue playing. On the other hand, I’m 40 years old and still in great physical condition - a rare parting gift in this sport.”
Hill played his rookie season in 1994 as a member of the Detroit Pistons after being selected as the team’s third overall pick.
He made NBA history as the first rookie to top the league in fan voting for the All-Star game and was co-Rookie of the Year. He played six years for the Pistons, another six for the Orlando Magic and five for the Phoenix Suns before joining the Clippers, who lost to the Memphis Grizzlies in the first round of the NBA playoffs.
“For 19 years, Grant has always been the embodiment of class, a true professional and not only one of the best players - but one of the finest individuals I have been around,” said Clippers Vice President of Basketball Operations Gary Sacks on the team’s website. “We were fortunate to have Grant with us last season, and we wish him all the best in his next endeavor.”
Hill was elected to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Board of Governors in 2011, the first and only active NBA player to hold the position. He won’t be eligible for induction into the Hall of Fame until 2018.
As a member of Duke University coach Mike Krzyzewski’s Blue Devils, Hill played in three Final Fours, winning back-to-back National Collegiate Athletic Association national championships in 1991 and 1992.
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