This is the nicest/least awkward picture I could find. But you gotta love it!
Seasons: about 3
Stats: roughly 9.0 PTS, 7.5 REB, 48% FG
Tyrone Hill. Yes, ahead of Elton Brand, even. I did say that, in the team’s history books, winning matter. You cannot make a coherent argument that puts Tyrone Hill ahead of Elton Brand statistically. Or I don’t think so, at least. If you somehow can, please call me. I would love to hear it.
Hill had established himself as a quality NBA player (and one-time all-star) before he came to Philadelphia, playing for 3 different NBA teams. By the time he came to Philadelphia, he was a known commodity, a rebounder/defender and all-around hard-nosed player who can contribute a little bit elsewhere. He came to fill a hole; traded for the anti-Tyrone, Tim Thomas, Hill became a starter for two years, putting up modest point totals but contributing elsewhere. He could rebound – he finished twice in the top 10 in rebounds per game, though neither was as a Sixer, and averaged 8.5 for his career. In Philadelphia, his rebounding numbers took a hit, presumably due to playing next to George Lynch and Theo Ratliff and Dikembe Mutombo, no slouches as rebounders themselves. Alongside Mutombo among the towers, he helped the Sixers make the NBA finals. He was then traded for Matt Harpring, in a 5-player deal. He returned later for roughly half a season down the line before ending his Sixers career.
Hill will always be remembered as a hard-nosed player, not afraid of contact or confrontations. Or gambling debts to Charles Oakley and subsequent confrontations with him, which is saying something, considering Oakley’s reputation. He was a favorite of Larry Brown, willing to do the dirty work. And every competitive team needs someone to do the dirty work. For that, Hill gets my vote as the 25th best player on this list.