The Indiana Pacers had a very interesting choice to make with the No. 23 pick in the 2013 NBA Draft on Thursday night. David West is an unrestricted free agent and the team needed to fill the potential hole in their lineup. Indiana selected Arizona forward Solomon Hill with their pick and while I don’t see Hill starting from day one, he could develop into a solid player off the bench for the Pacers this season.
Hill is 6-foot-7 and averaged 13.4 points and 5.3 rebounds a game this season. His scoring average has gone up in each of the last three seasons but I have the distinct feeling that the team could have made a different move here. Tim Hardaway, Jr. was still available and I believe that the team made a mistake in not picking him instead. Hardaway would have been the better pick in my opinion and was taken with the next pick. He is only an inch shorter and could have added some more scoring from the outside.
Indiana must see something in Hill though to make him their first-round pick. The departure of West though will be a very big deal and Hill doesn’t fill that need right now. We will have to see if he develops into the next small forward for the Pacers moving forward. There is also some uncertainty with Danny Granger so maybe that’s where Hill will land eventually. I will be second-guessing this pick a lot if Hardaway is a better player than Hill in two or three years. Indiana is on the cusp of a NBA title and this pick didn’t help them get any closer to that goal.