We Like Obscure NBA Players: Thomas Hill

Hill was Duke's finest. Thomas Hill, that is.

When you think of Duke basketball, you think of greats like Laettner, Hurley, Battier and Hill. No, not Grant Hill. I’m talking about the one and only Thomas Hill.

A key piece to those dominant early 90’s Blue Devils squads as Hill was part of the ’91 and ’92 championship teams, he was an impressive talent with an even more impressive flattop. The lefty could do it all – play defense, take it to the hole, shoot the J and dunk on fools.

He ended up being drafted by the Pacers 39th overall in the 1993 NBA draft, but never played a minute for them. In fact, he never played in the league, period. He ended up in the Australian National Basketball League suiting up for the Perth Wildcats. I haven’t heard about him since.

But truth be told, without Thomas Hill, those Duke teams may never have won back-to-back titles. Sure, Laettner and Hurley were the rock stars, and Grant Hill was more talented, but Thomas Hill’s legacy will forever live in Durham(regardless of how much I hate the Blue Devils).

Highlights vs. Michigan plus an interview of Hill himself.

7 Comments

  1. PJay

    The look on his face after Laettner hit the shot over Kentucky, was absolutely priceless!!

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    1. illastrate

      Who could ever forget it?

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  2. Rey-Rey

    I want a flattop like Thomas Hill's.

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    1. illastrate

      And a game like Antonio Lang's.

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  3. Shmito

    Probably my favorite Dukie of all time. He was the guy that went out there every night and said no way, you cant beat us. When a 6'3″ guy (I've stood next to him, not counting the flattop) is pulling down boards, blocking shots, posting up on people, and dunking on everyone, you know its gonna be a long night. Then he had that silky smooth j from beyond the arc. I think the only thing that held him back at the next level was his ball handling which never really developed because he had Hurley at the point. I'll never forget the Carolina game at home against Lynch/Montross when he went at it with Lynch (i think). He killed it that night. He'll never get the credit he deserves.

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  4. Shmito

    Probably my favorite Dukie of all time. He was the guy that went out there every night and said no way, you cant beat us. When a 6'3″ guy (I've stood next to him, not counting the flattop) is pulling down boards, blocking shots, posting up on people, and dunking on everyone, you know its gonna be a long night. Then he had that silky smooth j from beyond the arc. I think the only thing that held him back at the next level was his ball handling which never really developed because he had Hurley at the point. I'll never forget the Carolina game at home against Lynch/Montross when he went at it with Lynch (i think). He killed it that night. He'll never get the credit he deserves.

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  5. Paul Wall

    StraighT beast. The kid had ridiculous hops, was a lockdown defender, and had a silKY J. People forget just how good of a player he was.

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