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Smallthoughts:Old School Tuesday …Horace Grant

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This week’s Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday is about the underrated underappreciated but important member on the basketball team…the Power forward so for this week Smallthoughts”Old School Tuesday will highlight 3 under appreciated and underrated but important players to their teams…Horace Grant, Buck Williams and Charles Oakley.

First we are going to spotlight Horace Grant.

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 (1991, 1992, and 1993), 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 the1994 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.

He was traded to the Seattle SuperSonics along with 2000 and 2001 2nd round picks for Dale Ellis, Don MacLean, Billy Owens and rookie Corey Maggette just before start of the1999–2000 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.

Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday Spotlights…Horace Grant.

Career history
As player:
19871994 Chicago Bulls
19941999 Orlando Magic
1999–2000 Seattle SuperSonics
2000–2001 Los Angeles Lakers
20012002 Orlando Magic
2003–2004 Los Angeles Lakers
As coach:
2016–present New York Knicks (assistant)
Career highlights and awards
Career statistics
Points 12,996 (11.2 ppg)
Rebound 9,443 (8.1 rpg)
Assists 2,575 (2.2 apg

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