There are a lot of talented point guards in the NBA right now and George Hill is right in the middle of the pack, a position that suits him as a player. Hill is by no means a spectacular athlete or lights out shooter, or even a lockdown defender, but he does do everything pretty well. His time in the league has been interesting but has made him one of the more targetable free agents this summer.
His career started when Hill made a big jump on draft projection and the San Antonio Spurs took him at 26th in the first round in 2008. At that point, people knew Hill was talented but were unsure of what he could do. He spent a few seasons with the Spurs honing his craft before becoming the consistent force he is now.
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With the Indiana Pacers, Hill showed that he could really play ball and the Spurs showed that they are really smart as they traded George Hill for the eventual 15th pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, which turned out to be Kawhi Leonard. Hill played 5 strong seasons with the Pacers being a great role player before leaving to go to the Jazz where he had even more success last year.
The Mavericks would do well with a point guard like George Hill because he is good at both scoring and distributing, something the Mavs need. He may not be a top of the line point guard but he knows what he is doing though. Dallas would be able to help get him on the court more and he would have even more responsibility than he did in Utah.
Hill would be smart to consider Dallas because they have a great medical staff and a system he could jump right in to. With all the injuries Hill has gone through last year and in year’s prior, a good medical staff should be an important priority for the point guard. He is likely to be shopping around as the Jazz are skeptical about his future there.
This would not work because the fit with Hill may be a little bit interesting. He is a good shooter and a decent passer but he is not really the normal fit the Mavs go for. He would still do well in Carlisle’s system, but it wouldn’t be a natural fit. There is also a chance that he is expecting to get paid well this summer.
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