With the 26th pick in the draft, the Spurs selected IUPUI Guard George Hill.
Who, you might be wondering. I expected Hill to be drafted in the second round and with Mario Chalmers, Chris Douglas-Roberts, DeAndre Jordan, Donte Greene and even Darrell Arthur all still available, I was pretty surprised to hear David Stern call out Hill’s name
While, he may have been taken a bit early, Hill is a solid, all-around guard. He averaged 22.5 points, 4.3 assists, 5.2 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game for IUPUI this year.
The 6-2, 180 lb. guard, like Chalmers, has very good shooting percentages, 54.5 percent from the field and 45 percent from downtown.
According to NBADraft.net, Hill is “a very smooth offensive player that is able to score from anywhere on the court relying on his finesse and fundamentals…He’s long and lanky which enables him to play bigger than his actual siz. Has a hefty scoring repertoire; including nice spin moves, a deceivingly quick crossover, midrange game with runners and pull ups, and is able finish contested in traffic.”
Hill impressed in the pre-draft camp and that could be the reason for the Spurs taking him so high. In one of his better performances, he had 15 points and 6 assists inonly 24 minutes.
While Hill plays for a small school in a small conference, he has performed extremely well against better competition and according to Pacers scout Kevin Mackey, Hill could have been a starter at any college in the nation.
If so, I’ll be looking forward to seeing what Hill can do with the Spurs. I certainly wouldn’t mind having another crafty, quick and young point guard that can come in and run the offense smoothly when Tony Parker goes to the bench.
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