The Indiana Pacers have plenty of shooters on the team, including their point guard position taken up by a true shooting guard. Guard George Hill was added to the Pacers in 2011 from the San Antonio Spurs where he played shooting guard. When then Pacers point guard Darren Collison came down with an injury, Hill got his chance to prove his versatility by filling in at the point guard spot. He did well last year for the Pacers, but does he have anything else to prove in 2013-14?
Last year, Hill averaged 14.2 points, 4.7 assists and 3.7 rebounds per game in 76 games played. These numbers show that he fits in with a Pacers team where there is no true star. The number that sticks out most is the number of assists.
With the responsibility of the point guard, most fans expect Hill to help the supporting players score and possibly shoot the ball less. Hill is definitely working on his game by more than doubling his output from the 2011-12 season, increasing his totals from 145 assists to 355 assists. Do Pacer fans really need to see those numbers increase?
The Pacers’ offense is not really fueled by a high-assist man, but they rely on more one-on-one play. With players such as Paul George, Danny Granger, David West and Roy Hibbert, they are playmakers themselves. So with all the playmakers, what exactly is Hill’s role on the team?
Hill really has nothing else to prove as a Pacer. All he really needs to do is safely bring the ball over midcourt, execute the play and feed it to the hot hand. The good news is that if the playmakers are struggling, Hill can easily have the hot hand and bring back his inner-shooting guard. The Pacers have what they need and with nothing else to prove, look for him to settle in to his new role.