Today’s article is the second in series of five stories covering the starting lineup for the 2012-13 Indiana Pacers. Yesterday’s article covered Indiana’s starting center, Roy Hibbert. Today, we will take a deeper look at the point guard position for the Pacers, and the man who will be called upon to push the ball up the floor for this up-and-coming team.
George Hill, starting point guard for the Indiana Pacers, came back home during the 2011 NBA Draft. Hill, who was born in Indianapolis, played for Broadripple High School and played college ball for the IUPUI Jaguars. On June 23rd, the night of the first round for the 2011 NBA Draft, Hill was traded to the Pacers from the San Antonio Spurs. The Pacers were having a draft party for fans at Conseco Fieldhouse (which is now Bankers Life Fieldhouse) when the news of the trade broke. The Pacers’ home court erupted upon hearing about the return of their hometown prodigy.
Hill’s role on the Pacers took a while to become defined. In fact, Hill didn’t get many minutes on the court until a late-season injury to Darren Collison put Hill into the starting point guard position. Even after a successful return from injury, (including a 9-for-9 fourth quarter in the close-out playoff game against the Orlando Magic) Collison stayed on the bench, although Hill was less than stellar in the starting spot.
Hill averaged 13 points per game in the 2012 NBA Playoffs, but less than three assists and just over two rebounds. Collison was traded in the offseason, which means this is a make-or-break year for George Hill, as the starting point guard for the Indiana Pacers.