The Indiana Pacers threw the fans and the rest of the NBA yet another curveball on the night of the crazy 2013 NBA Draft when they used their first round pick to select forward Solomon Hill out of Arizona. Hill wasn’t projected to go off the board until the second round, but the Pacers decided to throw that logic out of the window and nab him.
In his senior year in college, Hill was productive, but not exceptional. He averaged 13.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.1 steals in 33 minutes per game. Hill also shot 45.8 percent from the field and shot a solid 39 percent from long-range. He looked like a solid player, but not like a player who had much potential in the league.
However, Hill looked relatively impressive for the Pacers at the Las Vegas Summer League. In five games at Summer League, Hill averaged 12 points, 5.2 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 0.8 steals in 28.4 minutes per game while shooting a solid 48.9 percent from the field and converting on 10 of his 18 attempts from beyond-the-arc. In Vegas, Hill really showed that he could possibly be a solid role player for Indiana down the road.
Given the Pacers’ current roster construction, though, it seems that Hill won’t get much of a chance in Indiana this season. Hill is pretty much limited in that he can only play the small forward, which happens to be a position where the Pacers have a ton of depth coming into this season. Paul George, the returning Danny Granger and the newly signed Chris Copeland will all see time at small forward ahead of Hill.
Ultimately it seems like Hill is destined for the D-League this season. Of course, there have been rumors over the past year about the Pacers potentially trading Granger. If that were to happen, Hill would obviously be able to slide in to some minutes with the Pacers. As for now, though, this doesn’t seem like the year that Hill will get his shot.