Horace Grant

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Horace Grant
Lakers Grizzlies 200304.jpg
Grant (center) battles for the tip-off jumpball in November 2003
No. 54
Power forward / Center
Personal information
Born(1965-07-04) July 4, 1965 (age 48)
Augusta, Georgia
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight245 lb (111 kg)
Career information
High schoolHancock Central (Sparta, Georgia)
CollegeClemson (1983–1987)
NBA draft1987 / Round: 1 / Pick: 10th overall
Selected by the Chicago Bulls
Pro playing career1987–2004
Career history
19871994Chicago Bulls
19941999Orlando Magic
1999–2000Seattle SuperSonics
2000–2001Los Angeles Lakers
20012002Orlando Magic
2003–2004Los Angeles Lakers
Career highlights and awards
Career statistics
Points12,996 (11.2 ppg)
Rebound9,443 (8.1 rpg)
Assists2,575 (2.2 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com
 
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Horace Grant
Lakers Grizzlies 200304.jpg
Grant (center) battles for the tip-off jumpball in November 2003
No. 54
Power forward / Center
Personal information
Born(1965-07-04) July 4, 1965 (age 48)
Augusta, Georgia
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight245 lb (111 kg)
Career information
High schoolHancock Central (Sparta, Georgia)
CollegeClemson (1983–1987)
NBA draft1987 / Round: 1 / Pick: 10th overall
Selected by the Chicago Bulls
Pro playing career1987–2004
Career history
19871994Chicago Bulls
19941999Orlando Magic
1999–2000Seattle SuperSonics
2000–2001Los Angeles Lakers
20012002Orlando Magic
2003–2004Los Angeles Lakers
Career highlights and awards
Career statistics
Points12,996 (11.2 ppg)
Rebound9,443 (8.1 rpg)
Assists2,575 (2.2 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Horace Junior Grant (born July 4, 1965), nicknamed "The General", is a retired American basketball player. He attended and played college basketball at Clemson University, before playing professionally in the National Basketball Association (NBA), where he became a four-time champion with the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers. He was easily recognizable by many NBA fans because of his trademark wraparound protective eyeglasses. His twin brother, Harvey Grant, also played in the NBA. His nephew Jerai Grant played for Clemson's basketball team, and nephew Jerami Grant currently plays for Syracuse's basketball team.

Career[edit]

Grant was born in Augusta, Georgia and attended Clemson University. He was drafted by the Chicago Bulls with the 10th overall pick of the 1987 NBA Draft. The 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) tall power forward/center immediately teamed with fellow draft-day acquisition Scottie Pippen to form the Bulls' forward tandem of the future, although he initially backed up incumbent Charles Oakley, one of the league's premier rebounders and post defenders.

In 1989, Grant moved into the starting lineup when Oakley was traded to the New York Knicks for center Bill Cartwright. He immediately became the Bulls' main rebounder, and established himself as the Bulls' third scoring option after Michael Jordan and Pippen, forming one of the league's best trios. Grant was noted for his defensive play; he was selected four times for the NBA All-Defensive Team.[1] He helped Chicago win three consecutive NBA championships (1990–91, 1991–92, and 1992–93), securing the third with a last-second block.

After Jordan's first retirement following the 1992–93 season, Grant became the number-two star behind Pippen, and helped the Bulls push the Knicks to seven games in the second-round playoff series before being eliminated. Grant played in the 1994 NBA All-Star Game, posting four points and eight rebounds in 17 minutes. After posting career-bests in scoring (15.1 ppg), rebounding (11.0 rpg) and assists (3.4 apg), he left the Bulls as a free agent and joined the Orlando Magic, led by Shaquille O'Neal and Penny Hardaway. On May 5, 1995, Grant made the final basket in Boston Garden history in Orlando's series clinching victory over the Boston Celtics. Grant helped the Magic reach the 1995 NBA Finals, where they were swept in four games by the more experienced Houston Rockets. Grant spent the next several seasons with the Magic, until he was traded to the Seattle SuperSonics just before start of the 1999–2000 season.

After one year with the Sonics, he was involved in a three-way trade in which Glen Rice of the Los Angeles Lakers was sent to New York, Patrick Ewing of the Knicks was sent to Seattle, and Grant to the defending champion Lakers. He helped them win another championship in 2000–01, but in the offseason decided to leave Los Angeles and sign back with the Magic. Grant was cut by the Magic in December 2002 after then-coach Doc Rivers implied Grant was a "cancer" on the team.[2]

Grant chose to retire after getting cut by the Magic. However, he decided to return for another run with the Lakers for the 2003–04 season as a backup to Karl Malone. He then retired permanently following the Lakers' loss to the Detroit Pistons in the 2004 Finals.

Family[edit]

His nephew (the son of his brother Harvey) Jerai played college basketball for Clemson University, the same school that he and Harvey attended,[3] and has played professionally overseas.[4] Horace Grant's other nephews through Harvey include Jerian, who plays for the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish men's basketball team, and Jerami, who plays for the Syracuse University Orange men's basketball team.

Grant is also a great-uncle to Jerai's daughter, Halle.[5]

NBA career statistics[edit]

NBA championship
Led the league
Legend
  GPGames played  GS Games started MPG Minutes per game
 FG% Field goal percentage 3P% 3-point field goal percentage FT% Free throw percentage
 RPG Rebounds per game APG Assists per game SPG Steals per game
 BPG Blocks per game PPG Points per game Bold Career high

Regular season[edit]

YearTeamGPGSMPGFG%3P%FT%RPGAPGSPGBPGPPG
1987–88Chicago81622.6.501.000.6265.51.1.6.77.7
1988–89Chicago797935.6.519.000.7048.62.11.1.812.0
1989–90Chicago808034.4.523.6997.92.81.21.113.4
1990–91Chicago787633.9.547.167.7118.42.31.2.912.8
1991–92Chicago818135.3.578.000.74110.02.71.21.614.2
1992–93Chicago777735.6.508.200.6199.52.61.21.213.2
1993–94Chicago706936.7.524.000.59611.03.41.11.215.1
1994–95Orlando747436.4.567.000.6929.72.31.01.212.8
1995–96Orlando636236.3.513.167.7349.22.71.01.213.4
1996–97Orlando676737.3.515.167.7159.02.41.51.012.6
1997–98Orlando767636.9.459.000.6788.12.31.11.012.1
1998–99Orlando505033.2.434.000.6717.01.8.91.28.9
1999–2000Seattle767635.4.444.000.7217.82.5.7.88.1
2000–01L. A. Lakers777731.0.462.000.7757.11.6.7.88.5
2001–02Orlando767629.1.513.7216.31.4.8.68.0
2002–03Orlando5117.0.5201.61.4.6.05.2
2003–04L. A. Lakers551020.1.411.000.7224.21.3.4.44.1
Career1,1651,03733.2.509.063.6928.12.21.01.011.2
All-Star1017.0.2508.02.01.02.04.0

Playoffs[edit]

YearTeamGPGSMPGFG%3P%FT%RPGAPGSPGBPGPPG
1988Chicago10029.9.568.000.6007.01.61.4.210.1
1989Chicago171736.8.518.8009.82.1.6.910.8
1990Chicago161638.5.509.000.6239.92.51.11.112.2
1991Chicago171739.2.583.7338.12.2.9.413.3
1992Chicago222238.9.541.000.6718.83.01.11.811.3
1993Chicago191934.3.546.6858.22.31.21.210.7
1994Chicago101039.3.5421.000.7387.42.61.01.816.2
1995Orlando212141.4.540.000.76310.41.91.01.113.7
1996Orlando9937.1.649.86710.41.4.8.715.0
1999Orlando4432.0.367.6257.01.3.5.56.8
2000Seattle5537.0.407.5006.22.01.61.04.8
2001L. A. Lakers161626.4.385.7336.01.2.9.86.0
2002Orlando4431.8.3641.0007.82.3.8.34.5
Career17016036.3.530.125.7148.62.11.01.011.2

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