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Switching Jordan Hill’s Position Will Pay Off For Los Angeles Lakers In 2013

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With Jordan Hill finally healthy, there is uncertainty on where he will play this season for the Los Angeles Lakers. Will he play power forward or center? Wherever he plays, Hill will be a big contributor off the bench or even in the starting lineup.

According to reports from ESPN writer Dave McMenamin, Mike D’Antoni has assigned Hill to a new role. Hill will be now primarily a stretch four. Hill will now focus his game on shooting the ball instead of playing in the paint. In 2012, Hill showed the ability to shoot mid-range shots but he must be more consistent.

Hill can already step back and shoot a mid-range shot, but if he can add the three-point shot to his repertoire then he could see his minutes increase substantially. However, if he fails to adapt to his new role, he could find himself competing for minutes at the center position.

“He talked about what I need to work on for this coming summer,” Hill said. “My jump shot — he definitely wanted me to work on my outside jumper.”

If Hill is able to shoot the ball consistently, the Lakers could have a very strong bench — something they have been missing for years. With many key players still healing from injuries, the bench players will provide a huge boost while they are still healing and beyond.

In Hill’s case, if he can thrive in his new position, I don’t see why Hill and the Lakers can’t be competitive in 2013.

Nugesse Ghebrendrias is a Sports writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @NugasayWhat24, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google

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