While every NBA player makes a good amount of money, Milwaukee Bucks guard George Hill puts his paycheck to use in some pretty incredible ways. The veteran guard, for example, has an 850-acre ranch in Texas filled with exotic animals. His most recent venture, however, is more grounded in the public good.
Although Hill left the Indianapolis Pacers in 2016, he hasn’t forgotten about his hometown. In fact, the guard is using his $30 million net worth to help kids in Indiana’s capital.
George Hill’s basketball career
George Hill didn’t earn all his money by accident, though. During his time on the hardwood, the point guard has established himself as a solid NBA professional.
After bursting onto the scene as a high schooler, Hill didn’t join one of the nation’s major college programs. As documented by the Towne Post, the enrolled at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUIPI) to stay close to his ailing great-grandfather. While he died before Hill ever hit the court, the guard wanted to be true to his word and refused to transfer. He played 95 games for the Jaguars, averaging 17 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 3.3 assists per outing, before entering into the 2008 NBA draft.
The San Antonio Spurs selected Hill at the tail end of the first round, and the guard spent three seasons in Texas, primarily coming off the bench. In 2011, however, a trade brought Hill back to his hometown of Indianapolis; with the Pacers, he became a regular starter and statistically improved across the board.
In 2016, the Pacers dealt Hill to the Utah Jazz, where he remained for one season; he’s since bounced from Sacramento to Cleveland before finding a home with the Milwaukee Bucks.
Building up a $30 million net worth as a solid NBA pro
While George Hill never developed into a truly dominant NBA star, that reality didn’t cause too much damage to his earning power.
Hill has spent 12 seasons in the association and averages 11.1 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 3.2 assists per game for his career. The guard mostly comes off the bench these days—prior to the 2019-20 season suspension, he averaged 21.2 minutes per game for the Bucks without a single start—he’s still more than capable of playing solid defense and knocking down a few three-pointers.
That reality has helped George a nice chunk of change during his professional career. According to Spotrac’s financial data, the point guard has earned just over $94 million in salary in the NBA; by the end of his contract with the Bucks, that number will rise to almost $114 million. CelebrityNetWorth also estimates his fortunate at $30 million.
George Hill is giving back to his home town with a charter school
George Hill isn’t just sitting on his money or using it to buy exotic animals, though. The guard is giving back to his home town of Indianapolis and helping open a charter school.
In 2014, Hill and Harry Dunn teamed up to found the HIM by HER Foundation; its unique title is an acronym for “helping improve mankind by healing every race.” Their efforts will take another step forward in the fall when the Him By Her Collegiate School For the Arts officially opens its doors.
“I was always in this area growing up as a kid. My dad actually stayed right there down the street, so this place is dear to me,” Hill explained, according to WISHTV.
“This is something that we want to continue to grow, turn into a high school, have a heck of a graduation rate,” Hill continued. “Giving kids an equal opportunity to do the things they are blessed to do, whether it’s writing, singing, sports, drawing, whatever it is. We want to offer those avenues.”